Canada Politics

A Tale of Two Conventions

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

Beyond the gates of the Stampede grounds, however, the mood was less affable. Hundreds braved a snow storm and icy temperatures to show their dissatisfaction with this convention and government's agenda more broadly. The gathering was part of a three-day conference advocating for democracy, the environment, Aboriginal Treaty rights, and human rights.

How To Ensure the Senate Scandal Mess Doesn't Happen Again

Duff Conacher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A fair compromise concerning pay for suspended senators and other politicians would be to establish a rule that if a politician is found guilty of the alleged violation, they would be required to return any pay received after the allegation was first made.

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Notorious bad boy, Russell Brand, may have recently started a revolution. Or not. In his interview with BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman, Brand expressed his frustration with the status quo and explained why he's never voted in his entire life. He did so with intelligence and disarming charm.The trouble, however, with Russell Brand's call for a revolution is, while it may speak to people because it sounds terribly dangerous and sexy in a "fuck-it-all, let's start from scratch" kind of way, it offers no real solutions. It's not by rejecting democracy that you create change, because, in a democracy, change can only happen within the system.

Tories Won't Expense This

CBC | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Politics

While questions continue to swirl about the expense claims of three Tory senators, Conservatives attending this weekend's national party con...

What Justin Trudeau Could Learn From Rob Ford

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Is there any doubt about who Rob Ford is? There shouldn't be. From the moment he first ran for office, Rob Ford has been about "Stop the gravy train," even if he didn't articulate it that way in the beginning. What does Justin Trudeau stand for? There is no clear picture of who Justin is other than a good-looking guy who seems bright, has lots of charisma and speaks in generalities. Often politicians will say they don't want to reveal themselves until election time because they just make themselves a target for the other parties. But there is a difference between defining yourself -- who you are and what you stand for -- and revealing your specific policies.

Ottawa Only Cares About Squeezing Votes, Not Humanity

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

For all the Duffys, Harpers, Harbs, Wallins and Brazeaus, there are the quiet, reasoned and compassionate voices of the Segals, Dallaires and Cowans, and, yes, the Munsons, fighting for the humanity of Canadians instead of the loyalty of their base. They have tackled the political order in both houses and in every party to restore this country's image in the world.

Any Last Words, Pamela? (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 12.28.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

And things in the Senate get uglier.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

How the Québécois Got Trapped by 'Civic Nationalism'

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

Quebec is an advanced democratic society, complete with dominant leftist movements such as anticlericalism, feminism, and social welfarism. In fact, the motto of Quebec society could well be laïcité, égalité, sororité.

Media Bites: Will EU Free Trade Put Harper in the History Books?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Prime Minister Harper finally has his very own tombstone-ready one-liner, too: "he got us free trade with the Europeans." That seems to be the consensus bouncing around the Canadian punditocracy at the moment, at least. Everyone agrees this trade deal rules. An estimated 80,000 new jobs, an annual $12 billion boost to GDP, cheaper vino from Italy, yadda yadda. But perhaps there's another story here, too.

'Mayor-juana' Calgary Mayoral Candidate Talks

Sandra Hunter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sandra Hunter

So marijuana came to be demonized in the same way as cocaine and heroin. Now organized crime took over and production increased and over the years so did the concentration of the products. It was much easier to transport, deliver and conceal concentrated drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Over the years a great deal of energy has been invested in "product development". Marijuana produced today comes in unlimited varieties and strengths. This has been the result of prohibition. No one would have invested the time and energy to cultivate so many strains without a market.

Alla Ternikova for Edmonton Ward 5

Alla Ternikova | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Alla Ternikova

My family ran away from the Soviet Union 23 years ago. We spent about a year-and-a-half trying to find a country that would accept us. We received permission to land in Canada. We started our life here with two little children (2 and 6 years old respectfully), 20 kg of personal possession per head (that was all that Soviet Government allowed us to take along) and $10, 000 debt to a charity that helped us to move away from Soviet Union and arrive in Canada. The first years were tough on us because we had no English, no friends and no family to rely on.

The Last Man Complex

Jackson Doughart | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jackson Doughart

Any time that an unfamiliar idea is forced onto society, some political schlepper will invariably say something like this: "We all want the same thing...

One on One with Ward 11 Candidate Wayne Frisch

Jeremy Zhao | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Jeremy Zhao

"We made huge mistakes as a city when we grew out," laments Frisch. He agreed with me that there is no character in homes and that people don't really want to live in a beige house. Choices that were made in the 1980s and 1990s have led to this, Frisch points out. "We need to actually almost need to mandate some diversity," says Frisch, referring to more mixed use options and maybe, just maybe, some more colour.

Like it or Not, Justin Trudeau Has Staying Power

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

What do you do when your opponent has the potential to challenge you in some hard-won ridings, possibly putting your majority at risk? That's the question Prime Minister Harper and his advisers are grappling with. Like it or not, the emergence of Justin Trudeau and his staying power has changed the political dynamics in Ottawa.

An Open Letter to Premier Christy Clark

Andrew Weaver | Posted 12.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Weaver

Dear Premier Clark: I applaud the fact that your government has been consistent in requiring five conditions to be met before you will support enhanced heavy oil tanker traffic off our coast. Consistency is important in providing certainty to the public, business and investors alike. It is for this reason that I am writing to you to seek some further clarification on the second and third of your five conditions.

The Shady Presence of Politics' Back Room Boys

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Glen Pearson

New democracy is more about citizen activism than backroom shenanigans and pressing for transparency than secret dealings. It ultimately opts for cooperation over contention, public policy over punishing partisanship, and a sense of the integration of power over its ideology. So, can someone send the Old Boys' Club a memo?

Republicans Are Like Toddlers

Darlena Cunha | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Darlena Cunha

Government shutdown? You can blame Obama. Sure. Many people do. There's a whole meme about it that I see daily. Thanks, Obama. You can blame the Affo...

Fighting Back Against the Tyranny of the Manager

Mary Donohue | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

People leave jobs because of the tyranny of the manager. And right now we have a lot of people who are ruling over your employees and using fear as their primary weapon. You just don't know it, or in a minority of cases, you learn about it after the damage is done.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness... Just Don't get Sick: CARTOON

Grooch | Posted 12.01.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

Watching the American political buffoonery on television yesterday, made me feel ever so lucky to be Canadian.

Long Road Ahead for Broten's NDP

Cole Hogan | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

The Saskatchewan Party has launched a political advertisement against the new leader of the Saskatchewan NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, Cam Broten. The advertisement attempts to tether Broten to the previous NDP leader, Dwain Lingenfelter, and to the party's 2011 First Nations resource revenue sharing policy.

Israeli Parliament to Hold Historic Meet at Auschwitz

Arsen Ostrovsky | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Arsen Ostrovsky

On January 27, 2014, the largest-ever delegation of Knesset (Israeli Parliament) members will convene overseas -- on the grounds of Auschwitz-Birkenau, together with Holocaust survivors, for a historic gathering on combating anti-Semitism.

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Please Don't Poach Quebec's Doctors in Our Time of Need

Beverly Akerman | Posted 11.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Beverly Akerman

Dear Lakeridge Health, This week, you started a direct mail campaign targeting Quebec doctors, medical residents, and medical students. I agree with your nearly 500 "likers" on Facebook: it's one great ad. But I'm writing to ask you if things aren't tough enough here in Quebec right now without you Ontarians trying to lure away our professionals? Who suffers most directly if our doctors and medical students leave? (Hint: it's not the PQ!)

Quebec Hates Mud Bloods (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 11.12.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

Does anyone else see the resemblance between Dolores Umbridge from Harry Potter and Quebec Premier Pauline Marois?