Canada Politics

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Canada Should 'Feel The Bern' Too

Bruce Moncur | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

On February 15, 2016, I went to a Bernie Sanders rally in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He is a hero to so many, and even if he does not get the nomination he has begun to make others advocate for what is right. He has done what so many other politicians have failed to do, get the attention of the young voter.

The Right Needs Principle, Not Unity

Tim Moen | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Tim Moen

There's a lot of talk recently in Alberta about uniting the right, but is there even a right anymore? There was a time when conservatism was synonym...

Canada Needs To Stem The Tide Of 'Stolen' Aboriginal Children

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Almost half of Canadian children in foster care are aboriginal, even though indigenous people make up less than five per cent of the population, according to the most recent statistics in the 2011 Census. What's particularly gut-wrenching is the majority of aboriginal children are placed in care, not because of parental abuse, but because their families are poor. Now it's time to invest in progressive initiatives, like the Circle of Care, that keep families together.

The Conservatives' Rhetoric On Pipelines Is A Blast From The Past

Greg MacNeil | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.

Canada's No-Fly List May Erode Security Rather Than Enhance It

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Ill-conceived measures, like the no-fly list must be made smarter so they do not target the innocent. Otherwise, they have the ironic potential to actually erode our national security by alienating those they single out and stigmatize. But the way the no-fly list works, with a total lack of transparency and overwhelmingly targeting just one group -- Muslims -- feelings of alienation and powerlessness are exactly what the no-fly list is causing.

The World Needs More Canada

Erin O'Toole | Posted 02.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

The Conservative government's approach to countering the Islamic State (ISIS) threat was a three-pillared plan that combined allied military action, alongside direct foreign aid, and support for refugees and the dislocated in the region. In many ways, the plan brought to the last Parliament by the Conservatives was consistent with the Pearsonian worldview that Canada has a duty to take collective action with our friends to advance liberty for others and provide security at home.

The Senate Has No Right To Block C-377 And C-525 Repeals

Jerry Dias | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

It took only a few minutes, but with a quick motion in the House of Commons last week, the new Liberal government moved to repeal two appalling pieces...

B.C. Must Take Action Now To Remain A Climate Leader

Stephen Hui | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

Although B.C.'s emissions initially fell under the Climate Action Plan, they have been creeping up in the past few years and are projected to continue rising without stronger climate policies. It's now clear the province is on track to miss its legislated targets for reducing carbon pollution.

Trudeau Shows Worrying Disregard For Canada's Economic Diversity

Erin O'Toole | Posted 01.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

The role of the Canadian government in both the short and long term should be to embrace and foster the growth of all parts of our diverse economy. The government should certainly not champion some sectors and demoralize others. Sadly, we have already started to see that approach by the Trudeau government.

Powerball Ticket Buyers Aren't Stupid

Neil Seeman | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Neil Seeman

Contrary to popular myth, Powerball players are, in fact, quite rational and realize that they won't win the jackpot. Everyone's notional value invested in playing a lottery ticket differs. To call the majority of Americans who take small risks in small pleasures 'stupid' is anti-liberty, and emblematic of elitism.

It's Time For Canadian Physicians To Unionize

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

For many decades, physicians themselves have resisted unionization. There's never been an article written on why, but my sense is that for whatever reason, they felt unions were "beneath" them somehow as professionals. I've also had more senior physicians express to me concerns about a loss of independence if one were in a union.

5 Qualities The Liberals' New Anti-Poverty Plan Must Include

Joe Gunn | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

It was a welcome surprise to see in the prime minister's mandate letter to Jean-Yves Duclos, the new minister of families, children and social development, a commitment to develop a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy. What must be included to make sure it is done right?

Improve Government With Algorithms - Without Politicians

David Psutka | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics
David Psutka

The most abused cliche in politics is the concept of 'change,' yet a young movement among academics and techno-scientists seeks to overhaul the current system with a computerized, politician-minimal alternative. Algorithmic governance is a radical, digital reimagining of government centred on computerized processes. Algorithms -- which already have many applications like sorting incoming emails and controlling traffic lights -- would be unified to create a governing network. Algorithmic government may sound far-fetched, but it is already happening in smaller, more localized ways.

Excessive Spending Will Not Lead To Sunny Ways

Erin O'Toole | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Sunny ways leadership is about setting priorities and convincing citizens about the need for these priorities to ensure we have a bright future. It is about being honest with people and at times making difficult choices and explaining why you have to make them. Being all things to all people is not sunny ways leadership, nor is simply doubling or adding a zero to the investments of your predecessor. That appears to be the central hallmark of the new government. Spending is already wildly out of control.

CBC Is Threatening Its Future By Mixing Journalism And Opinion

Frank Koller | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Business
Frank Koller

These comments, these opinions, by CBC journalists unequivocally violate CBC's long-standing, public and incredibly clearly-written policy statement that its journalists and the organization itself must not take any positions on issues in the public life of the country. CBC's senior news managers need to get serious about this.

What Donald Trump's Words Feel Like To Muslims Like Me

Deena Douara | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deena Douara

I'll tell you how it feels to hear Trump -- a front-running candidate to lead the world's most powerful country -- say he wants a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." How it feels to hear supporters say "send them all back."

News Reports On Trump Shouldn't Include Personal Opinions

Frank Koller | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

What's worrisome here is that more and more often, CBC journalists are being asked to offer their personal takes (called analysis pieces) on stories they regularly cover. And more and more often, these analysis pieces seem to be venturing into what can only be described as personal opinion.

Canada's Environment Minister Says Deal Will be Reached in Paris

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"We've turned the page."

The Life Of A Transgender Woman In The Caribbean

Tasheka Lavann | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Living
Tasheka Lavann

Transphobia has ingrained itself subtly in the entire system across many Caribbean countries. Magistrates do not impose harsh enough penalties on people who commit hate crimes against trans people. We don't even have hate crime laws here on our books.

Don't Put More Taxpayers On The Hook For Bombardier's Bailout

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Quebec Economy Minister Jacques Daoust announced that the Quebec government would be "investing" $1.3 billion in taxpayer money in Bombardier's beleaguered CSeries aircraft line, and promptly turned around to prod the new Trudeau government in Ottawa to pony up a similar contribution.

Physician Pay Cuts Are Closing Clinics Right Now

Nadia Alam | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Nadia Alam

Hoskins blindly insists that the recent cuts to physician pay do not impact patient care. And all around him clinics close, doctors leave and patients suffer. If physicians are so wildly rich, how is it that their profit margins are so narrow that a mere seven per cent cut is closing clinic doors?

Back? Canada Never Left

Erin O'Toole | Posted 11.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

The day after winning the election, Prime Minister Trudeau proclaimed to the world that 35 million Canadians were now "back" and the team behind him seemed to revel in that line. Such a bold claim within hours of an election win deserves some scrutiny to find out where Canada had been if we were now back.

Rachel Notley Has Staged A Masterwork Of Political Imagery

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.26.2016 | Canada Alberta
Sean Mallen

Rachel Notley's challenge has been to reassure the fiercely skeptical Alberta business elites that were horrified to wake up last May to discover the NDP had risen to power. With the economy already hammered by plummeting oil prices, they feared that the New Democrats would inflict further damage through a climate change plan that would drive up costs and cripple the oil sands. But business leaders in the Alberta can read the financial press as well as the rest of us and now seem to be buying Rachel Notley's view that they better try to be part of the solution.

The Truth About Terror Isn't That Complicated

Jillian Skeet | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Jillian Skeet

Like all westerners, I watched in horror at the terror that was unleashed across Paris. But my horror quickly turned to frustration when, immediately in the aftermath, western leaders took advantage of the situation to reinforce a false narrative, and to justify the very policies that have brought us to such a crisis. Our governments do not want us to understand that wittingly or unwittingly (the jury is still out on what role they have really played) they created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and they did so through exactly the same disastrous policies that they now claim are the only way to destroy it.