Canada Politics

The Senate Loses One of Its Best as Romeo Dallaire Departs

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

For reasons which are amply documented and well-known, as a Senator Romeo Dallaire committed himself to the most serious of issues: prevention of genocide, Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD), child soldiers, conflict resolution and investigation into crimes against humanity. He is, in other words, a champion of causes that are for most politicians quagmires to be circumnavigated. The departure of Romeo Dallaire means that there will be one less serious, hard-working and principled member in the Upper Chamber.

Do Ontarians Only Vote To Keep the Biggest Liar Out of Power?

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

According to one theory, whose origins I've long forgotten, the business of voting has undergone an evolutionary transmogrification. In earlier times, citizens voted for the candidates they liked the most. Soon, a cynicism having seeped into the civic fabric, they began to vote for the candidates they disliked the least. And now? People vote against the crooks and liars that they hate the most. The problem with this theory is that it presumes a golden age, and no experienced person could reasonably indulge a notion like that.

In Canadian Politics, Honourable Means Showing Up

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgThe expectation that all politicians would be honourable gentlemen determined to avoid shame, in turn, was seen as providing a safeguard of integrity and accountability to the British style of parliamentary government, which tends to shun stricter rules. Seems almost quaint now. Take Mayor Ford. The only reason he's still in office is because he's deliberately turned off the shame sector of his brain. Ford has committed ghastly crimes against the dignity and integrity of his town and government, yet happily clings to office despite it. And he's far from the only one.

Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? Have no doubt: the Ontario premier is an insignificant figure on the world stage. Premier Wynne: Welcome to the new economy. Young people are more politically engaged and self-aware than older generations. Want to stop an election scandal or influence Senate reform? Don't write a letter to the editor of legacy print media. Start a YouTube channel. Tell us the truth and we might vote. We're smarter than you think we are.

We Need to Talk About Missing Women All Over the World

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Dig deeper into the current headlines and the sickening stories mount. The so-called "honour killing" of women by their husbands and families in Afghanistan is rising. Police in Paris allegedly raped a Canadian tourist. Rebels in the forgotten crisis in the Central African Republic rape and murder women with relative impunity. And it's not just about high profile atrocities. When was the last time media talked about the missing women of Asia?

Climate Change Is About To Hit Your Pocketbook... Hard

John McKay | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Very little mitigation or adaptation activity is happening at any level of government. For example, the Mayor of the City of Toronto seems to have much more enthusiasm for tax cuts than installation of storm sewers, notwithstanding last summer's catastrophic storm which the TD economists price at $944 million.

Justin Trudeau Proves Pro-Choice Is Anti-Choice

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Andrea Mrozek

As a pro-life woman, it is certainly heartening to see the lack of receptivity to Justin Trudeau's position that pro-life candidates need not apply to be nominees for the Liberal Party. There has not been much (any?) support for this bold declaration that freedom of speech and conscience ought to be denied Liberal nominees. His position sounds extreme. But is it? In my opinion, Mr. Trudeau's remarks are a logical extension of pro-choice philosophy. In spite of the rhetoric, being pro-choice is not actually always in favour of choice. I'm not talking about the woman here; I'm talking about the developing human in the womb.

This Is Why Democratic Spirit Is So Low

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The average citizen is confronting a host of enduring problems that require resolution -- unemployment, escalating poverty, lack of support for small and medium-sized businesses, mental health complexities, lack of community infrastructure, the high cost of post-secondary education, to name a few.

A Faith-Based Law School? Now There's an Oxymoron

Kolby Solinsky | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Living
Kolby Solinsky

Pushers for Trinity Western and its faith-based law school -- which is an oxymoron up there with civil war and old news -- would like you to believe this whole deal is about religious freedom. How can any law school be able to create, foster, and spit out our next generation of lawyers when it doesn't hold our values? Not just Canadian values but simple human-to-human values.

Quebec, Stop Treating Every Election As A Referendum on a Referendum

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

This isn't good for our personal or our collective health, Québec, and it needs to stop. Sometimes, we need to have these hard conversations. Sometimes, we need to be ready to put our minds together to envision how we want our communities to evolve. Sometimes, we need to conquer bad memories and try talking once more.

Canada Is Corrupt When it Comes to Choosing Judges

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Here's a fun fact you probably didn't know -- Canadian judicial appointments are among the most corrupt in the entire world. That's the opinion of the human rights watchdog group Global Integrity, at least, who gave the integrity of Canada's judicial appointments a pitiful 32 out of 100 in their 2010 survey on good governance around the globe.

If Shawn Atleo Had Stayed, He Would Have Faced a Rebellion

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

What won't be resolved any time soon is the crucial question of who speaks for whom. Politics at the best of times is complicated, and in keeping with this principle, native communities are in many instances divided. On the surface there's grassroots consensus around honouring treaties, "respecting the relationship," and empowering communities

Wynne And Harper Tories Face Off

CP | Will Campbell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.02.2014 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne started her bid for re-election on Saturday by engaging in a little fed-bashing, taking aim at Prime Minister...

The Spring Of Our Discontent

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

The epic task is well underway. The first week it happened in Kerala, Haryana, and some of Assam. The second week it happened in Karnataka and parts...

The Left Needs More Argument-Based Policies

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 06.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Seb FoxAllen

What's lost in discourses lauding evidence-based policy is the nagging sense of agency over the policy directions we pursue; the concessions our ideologies are forced to support. Faced with that choice, I'll take argument-based policy every time.

'Fair' Elections Act Changes Don't Go Far Enough

Duff Conacher | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

The federal Conservatives are finally backing off on some of the measures in their proposed so-called "Fair Elections Act" (Bill C-23). Minister for Democratic Reform Poilievre is trying to claim he has listened with an open mind, but this is yet another misleading spin statement from him about the bill. The truth is much more that playing games with democratic voting issues was hurting the Conservatives with their soft supporters, and with swing voters, and they realized they would only recover by compromising.

Canada's Future Lies in Small Politics

Cole Hogan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Canadians' politics are local, not national. The lack of confidence in governments to take on the country's big issues means Canadians trust their governments with smaller, achievable goals. Affordable, doable policy solutions trump vague, grand promises, programs, or visions.

The Senate Reference and Taking Steps Forward

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

The Supreme Court just released its long-awaited Senate Reference decision. And the response was spectacularly rebuking. Harper posed the following questions to the Court and the following responses were provided. I have significantly condensed the decision for easy access.

India's Monumental Exercise in Democracy

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In addition to being the biggest with 800-million potential voters, and most expensive at $35 billion, the Indian Parliamentary election also has the world's largest youth vote; political parties that reach all the way to our shores; reserved parliamentary seats for minorities; and electoral corruption on a mind-blowing scale. Here are five things you didn't know about democracy in India.

Having the Richest Middle Class Isn't a Good Thing For Canada

J.J. McCullough | Posted 06.24.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

For years, Canada's politicians have wondered who the middle class are and what do they want. This week, we add a fresh question -- are they satisfied with being number one? So now it's our middle class that "appears to be the richest," in the satisfied words of the Globe and Mail. Yet regardless of how sustainable it may be in the long term, having the richest middle class in the world could still prove deeply disruptive for Canada's increasingly middle class-centric political debate -- which exists in no term but the short.

Why I've Decided to Run For Mayor of Toronto

Mike Gallay | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Gallay

My mottled and confusing clump of skills, best set in service of those around me and my community, are crying out for me to contend. My capacity for leadership, diplomacy and frankness have the potential for good effect in my city, which I hold so dear. Then that is it, dear reader. It is settled. I will run for Mayor of Toronto.

7 Things Canadians Might Not Know About Canada

Johanu Botha | Posted 06.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

If beer companies advertised countries, Dos Equis would rep Canada -- it is the most interesting country in the world. But many of those living here would never guess it. Hence the need for an internet list to all Canadians. You're welcome.

Raise a Glass to Jim Flaherty's Well-Lived Life

Diane Francis | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Flaherty's family wasn't hardscrabble poor, but he had to deliver newspapers for months to earn enough to buy himself a pair of good hockey skates to make the team. It was to prove an investment that allowed him to soar to the very top of the world's political roster, skate with the best and earn many goals and assists.

A Tribute to Jim Flaherty and All Who Have Come Before and Will Come After Him

Andrea Paine | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Living
Andrea Paine

As I was writing a decision this afternoon, I thought of the funeral that was about to happen for a person I was fortunate enough to see on a regular ...

Let's Not Forget Flaherty's Controversial Political Career

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada
Wayne K. Spear

Here I must trespass on the impolite, and I'll begin by restoring to the record the excised bits in which Jim Flaherty was a soldier of Mike Harris's "Common Sense Revolution." The idea that he was a non-ideological moderate would have been laughed out of the room, even by the man himself. Moderate was an insult he applied to his leadership rival, that pink and pale McGuinty imitation Ernie Eves. As Ontario's Attorney General and Finance Minister, Flaherty was one of Harris's most consistent and reliable true believers, mocked (like Harris himself) for applying his tough-on-crime universal restorative elixir to homelessness and poverty.