Canada Politics

Trudeau's Cabinet Isn't As Diverse As You Think

Rachel Décoste | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Stephen Harper's reign ended this week as PM Justin Trudeau took his oath. As Trudeau 2.0 picked the persons who will join him at the head table of political power, many in the media trumpet the "most diverse parliament ever."

Justin Trudeau's Rise To Power Didn't Come Easy

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

Justin Trudeau's rise to the office held by his father was neither inexorable nor inevitable. He could have fallen off the tightrope several times along the way, but benefited from a convergence of talent and luck, wise counsel and an ability to learn. It is often forgotten that he was not handed a seat and did not pick an easy one.

Election Results A Reason To Be Optimistic About Animal Rights

Camille Labchuk | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Camille Labchuk

The situation for animals in Canada remains dire, with hundreds of millions of animals suffering and dying every year on farms, in laboratories, in entertainment and for their fur. Parliament has a tremendous opportunity to improve life for many of these animals, and Canadians are crying out for change. The election results offer many reasons for optimism. It's now time for advocates to roll up our sleeves, start working with the new Parliament, and help MPs pass meaningful legislation for animals.

Justin Trudeau Sets American Hearts A-Flutter

Chris Taylor | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Chris Taylor

"At present, the list of Canadians with whom I would like to have relations now with starts with Sophie, followed by Justin. And then, of course, Anne Murray."

Justin Trudeau's Victory Trumps His Father's

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

When Justin Trudeau was elected in 2008 it was clear to everyone that he could never be destined for the backbenches. They sat Justin Trudeau directly behind me in the House and for almost three years I got a ringside view of his development. His rhetoric, at times bawdy, nevertheless carried intensity in the Parliamentary chamber. I was asked more frequently than I could count whether he was the real deal or just his father's son. My answer was always the same: both.

'A Canadian Is a Canadian Is a Canadian'

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

By voting for change, we sent our message loud and clear. Positivity trumps negativity. The previous administration attempted to divide us but as I sat on my couch, listening to Justin Trudeau's valiant acceptance speech with goosebumps, my Canadian pride grew stronger with his every word.

What Trudeau Will Need to Become a Great Leader

Marcia Sirota | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Marcia Sirota

I'm hoping that Mr. Trudeau will surround himself with the best and brightest of the Liberal Party, and with a combination of intelligence, character and willingness to learn, as well as their guidance, he'll grow into the great leader that this country needs and deserves.

My First Federal Election as a Taxpayer

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Caitlin McKay

When I was in university my political views were pretty straight forward. The school bubble made it easy to be passionate and lean one way on the political scale. Then I started paying taxes. Now I face my first federal election as a taxpayer and my views have shifted since the bubble burst.

Why Isn't Anyone Talking About Poverty This Election?

Sen. Art Eggleton | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Sen. Art Eggleton

The cold hard truth is that the political parties don't believe poverty wins elections. It doesn't sway voters. They might even think that people living in poverty don't vote so they don't have to make it a major priority. Instead we hear about the middle class -- the catch all.

The Canada We Hope For

Naheed Nenshi | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Naheed Nenshi

We've figured out a simple truth: we're in this together. Our neighbour's strength is our strength; the success of any one of us is the success of every one of us. But this is incredibly fragile. It must be protected always from the voices of intolerance, divisiveness, small-mindedness, and hatred. It's the right thing to do.

God Forbid We Give Harper Another Opportunity To Pursue His Nightmare

Rafe Mair | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Rafe Mair

If Canadians don't see a commitment for major change from Monday's winner, the nastiest and most divisive election in our history, by far, will be for naught.

Youth Mental Health Is an Election Issue That Affects Us All

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

In this election we are raising issues that matter to young Canadians. Mental health is a big one. A report by Alberta's Institute of Health Economics states that just seven cents of every dollar spent on health care in Canada goes to mental health. That's despite the fact mental disorders account for 40 per cent of all illnesses Canadians face. Canadian governments must dramatically increase funding, investing in accessible community-based mental health care -- if Canada could reduce the annual rate of mental illnesses by 10 per cent, it would save our health care system four billion dollars a year.

In Alberta, It Feels Like We're Voting for the First Time Ever

Mike Morrison | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Alberta
Mike Morrison

Alberta is changing. What was once a stronghold now feels like the way we hold someone's hand when we're about to break up with them. In the ten years I've lived in Calgary, this city and this province has undoubtedly changed. So much so that sometimes it feels like I've moved to a whole other world. This is likely the first Federal election where Albertans, especially in the urban ridings, have a chance for their vote to actually matter. And I mean that literally.

Rob Ford's 'Screaming Fest' With Wife Revealed In New Book

CBC | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics

"No one got hurt. Not physically, anyway."

3 Easy Steps to Voting for Your Hometown in This Federal Election

Raymond Louie | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Raymond Louie

They say all politics are local. Nothing could be truer about this election. This campaign did not begin 10 weeks ago, it began nearly one-year ago when 2000 municipal leaders came together and made a united call for a new approach. A new era of cooperation between all orders of government focused on our most pressing challenges: jobs, the economy, our quality of life

Tackling the Myth of Politically Apathetic Young Canadians

Jane Hilderman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Jane Hilderman

Young people vote at much lower rates than older Canadians. In the 2011 federal election, only 41 per cent of Canadians under 30 voted. However, when it comes to rates of participation in political and civic life beyond voting, younger Canadians' participation rate is 11 percentage points higher, on average, than their older counterparts across 18 forms of participation.

Winning Seats in Ontario Requires Fine Balancing

Peter Landry | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

As the federal election comes to its final stage, many eyes are on Ontario. Stephen Harper has been a regular visitor in ridings that the Conservatives currently hold, giving the impression that he is focusing on keeping versus increasing seats. Justin Trudeau on the other hand, is venturing into Conservative and NDP held ridings looking for new support. Winning seats in Ontario requires some fine balancing. While there is a desire to figure out what will appeal to voters across the province, it is also a bit of a mug's game and far more challenging than it looks.

This Federal Election May Be the Beginning of Our Turnaround

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Could we as a people, despite our many distinctions, be giving birth to a new kind of revolutionary optimism, to the belief we recognize that the political estate can only be as collaborative, visionary, or as engaged as we are? If so, and if the advanced polls are any indication, we could be building our own "Field of Dreams," but with one great distinction.

We Should Not Let Racialized Fear Define Our Political Future

Niki Sharma | Posted 10.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Niki Sharma

Be aware that, in our midst, a group of Canadian citizens are being dehumanized. History has shown us over and over again that this leads to oppression, hatred, and violence. Move past your knee-jerk reaction of protectionism. Don't be fooled by rhetoric. Understand that to that Muslim woman wearing the niqab, not being able to choose what she wears is oppression, even if it makes you personally uncomfortable.

7 Ways to Be a Better Public Speaker

Lauren Ferraro | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Business
Lauren Ferraro

According to the GoForth Institute based in Calgary, 75 per cent of all businesses in Canada have less than 10 employees. More than ever, individuals are required to stand up and represent their personal brand product or service by speaking in front of others.

Canada Needs a Federal Focus on Sustainable Youth Employment

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The federal government must invest in solid labour market research and incentives for employers to hire Canadian youth, like grants and tax breaks. Industry has to step up, too, offering co-op education placements and paid internships, as well as career mentorship for young employees. We should closely watch and learn from the European Union. Facing massive underemployment, over the past four years the EU has launched a sweeping youth employment strategy, including better labour market research, apprenticeship and skills training programs, as well as government-business partnerships that are expected to create more jobs.

Canada Needs to Reaffirm Its Commitment to Children

Canadian Paediatric Society | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Paediatric Society

It's been nearly 25 years since Canada signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreeing to protect and ensure the rights of our youngest citizens. Yet there is still no formal mechanism to hold the government accountable for the way it treats its youngest citizens. Every day, Canadian children experience poverty, abuse, neglect, preventable diseases, and unequal access to quality health services and education. At the root of many of these problems is public policy that does not put the needs of children first.

Harper's Use of Fear as a Political Strategy Is Very Familiar

Adam Bunch | Posted 10.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Adam Bunch

"Fear is not a policy. It is not an election platform," Stephen Lewis, the former NDP leader, recently declared during a campaign speech. "Using fear to get power suggests a deep and abiding cynicism." It does. But it can also be an effective strategy. It has been for centuries. It distracts.

B.C. Bishop's HPV Vaccine Statements Twist Catholic Ethics

Reive Doig | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

The position of the bishop would be disturbing even if he were simply parroting the standard church line, but the fact is he isn't!

Canadian Students Call for a Response to the Refugee Crisis

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, our current Canadian government has reluctantly offered some support. We shall, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accept 10,000 refugees over the next three years. As medical students committed to global health, we call into question this lukewarm commitment to such a pressing crisis and call for stronger commitments in line with Canada's values.