Canada Politics

The Government Is Spending How Much on Corporate Welfare?

Mark Milke | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canadians who don't regularly track how governments spend money might be surprised to find how myths crop up about government expenditures. Exhibit A is a new report that claims Canada needs even more "industrial policy," more colloquially known as corporate welfare. Governments are less eager to be frank about the cost of corporate welfare, including chronic government failure on collecting on past loans.

Menchie's Forgot to Ask: How Do You Say "Sweet Moosic" in French?

Samara Perez | Posted 08.25.2013 | Canada Business
Samara Perez

The Office Quebecoise de la Langue Francaise has opened an investigation into the yogurt chain Menchie's. The issue: The plastic spoons are embossed with English words. At a certain point, Quebec citizens must ask: Can we sleep at night despite knowing that a spoon is not 100% bilingue?

Why Hospitals Slow to a Crawl During the Summer

Nadeem Esmail | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Nadeem Esmail

Every year, provincial health care systems across Canada dutifully reduce the volume of services they provide in preparation for the summer vacation season. This planned-for reduction has the inevitable effect of lengthening waiting times for Canadians over the summer months (and during Christmas holidays). The added twist this year is the slowdowns might be extended in a bid to reduce expenditures.

The Cruel Consequences of Animal Bylaws

Paul Hughes | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

Early Monday morning I received a phone call from an urban hen owner and contributing member of CLUCK Canada (Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub). She had just been served by Calgary bylaw for possession of livestock, her three hens (no roosters), and was ordered to remove her hens. She was fearful for her pets.

PST Hike Means Higher Taxes and Lower Prosperity for Manitoba Families

Charles Lammam | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Charles Lammam

When Manitoba's NDP government delivered its budget back in April, Finance Minister Stan Struthers ruffled some feathers with his announcement of an i...

Being The White Guy in The Picture

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 08.18.2013 | Canada
Seb FoxAllen

Today, The Rosedale Club -- which has no formal website, instead operating through personal tweets, Facebook event pages, and a Gmail address -- announced that their next meeting would be held on July 1, and feature "guest of honour" Conrad Black. Inevitably, critiques culminated in the all-too-familiar refrain: "What's with all the white guys?"

We Need More Than Slogans to Bring Investment to Canada

Michael Coates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Business
Michael Coates

At a recent seminar in Tokyo designed to generate investment in Canada's natural resource sector, the interest among Japanese investors was evident. But it was equally clear that Canada faces stiff competition to woo investors. Simply repeating that "Canada is open for business" and expecting the investment dollars to roll in won't work.

Will Canada Weaken the G8 Action Plan on Tax Havens?

Dennis Howlett | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada Politics
Dennis Howlett

Next week's G8 Summit is an unprecedented opportunity to tackle the murky world of tax havens. But Canada threatens to be a spoiler. Again. British P...

Refugee Care: We Are Standing Up To Say That This Is Wrong

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 08.14.2013 | Canada
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

Today, as we celebrate the National Day of Action against the Refugees Healthcare cuts on June 17th, I decided to interview Benjamin Langer, a third-year medical student, to enlighten Canadian readers regarding the budget cuts in Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP).

Quebec Bans Cowboy Hats

The Lapine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

On the heels of the Quebec Soccer Federation banning children from wearing turbans while playing in kiddie league games, the Province of Quebec has extended the ban to include cowboy hats being worn anywhere in public by adults or children. "Cowboy hats are destroying our natural French love of toques," said Premier Pauline Marois, making the announcement from the steps of the Assemblee Nationale (National Assembly) in Quebec City, wearing a green paisley beret to match her business suit.

No Party Leader Should Have All That Power

Duff Conacher | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

The results of a national education survey show that a large majority of Canadians want legal restrictions on party leader powers to give more freedom and power to politicians in each party, while only 20 per cent do not want these legal restrictions. So how could these powers be restricted?

The B.C. Election: The Pitfalls of Flip-Flopping

Cole Hogan | Posted 08.08.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Here Warren Kinsella's oft-repeated maxim rings true. In Kinsella's latest book he states that what is true of car crashes is true of political life. When polled, voters will insist they hate negative ads. But when they thinking no one is looking they will slow down, take a look, and remember what they see.

Transparency? Not On Harper's Watch

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Over the last several months, the federal government has repeatedly thrown up the claim that theirs is "the most transparent government in Canadian history," even in the face of overwhelming evidence that it is categorically untrue. Even the practice of stomping on backbenchers who push for more transparency is nothing new for this government.

Change Vancouver's 'No Pets' Policy

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Katherine Brodsky

Human tenants can just as easily ruin walls by putting nails in them, or allowing kids to draw on them. They can ruin carpets by walking around in muddy shoes in-house -- and by a multitude of other more creative ways. Arguably, some pets are better than their human counterparts. In fact, many pets are perfect citizens with impeccable manners. Some are not.

A Visit From the Governor General Can Make All the Difference

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, wife of the Governor General of Canada's teenage audience members were victims of sexual abuse participating in an after-school art therapy program that helps them open up and talk. It's one of the many programs at Stepping Stones International -- a small organization working with orphaned and vulnerable youth in Botswana.

Why Aren't Canadian MPs Paying Their Taxes?

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.04.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

No politician or citizen stands above the law, and each citizen must pay income taxes. When the lawmakers fail to follow their own regulations, citizens should demand better. In order to take parliamentary suggestions and regulations on tax avoidance and evasion seriously, citizens should feel confident that their MPs, first and foremost, are following the rules.

GROOCH: "Monkey Buisness" (CARTOON)

Grooch | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Alberta
Grooch

While the Ikea Monkey "Darwin" had the fate of his permanent residence decided in court this week. Darwin isn't the only monkey business that continues to concern Ontario. As if being a Maple leaf fan wasn't bad enough, controversial allegations of financial evasion continue to be thrown "monkey poop style" at Prime Minister Harper.

"Oh My.. It Never Ends'

CBC | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Alberta

There were some lively exchanges Friday when Conservative Sen. Dave Tkachuk was interviewed by the CBC's Sheila Coles about the senate expense scandal...

Scrap Senate Law: Saskatchewan NDP

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Alberta

REGINA - The Saskatchewan NDP says it wants the province to scrap legislation that would allow for the election of senators.NDP Leader Cam Broten says...

We Mustn't Repeat History, for Aboriginal Children's Sake

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 07.30.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Have we learned nothing from the story of Dr. Bryce and the horrors he attempted to expose in residential schools? Here and now we have an opportunity to do the right thing for Aboriginal children so in 20 to 30 years Canada does not have to apologize again.

Don't Let Rob Ford Define Our Digital Media

Seb FoxAllen | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Seb FoxAllen

A yet-unpublished video of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly making inappropriate statements while ingesting crack-cocaine has (somewhat predictably) g...

A Senateless Canada Might Not Be As Effective As We Think

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

At present, Canadians are of the belief that the political class has sunk so far beyond redemption that little of importance remains in the Senate. That's an illusion, and deserves some further thought and reflection. While there are non-trivial problems within the Canadian senate, it still serves a purpose.

When You Commit a Crime, Your Race Matters

Rachel Décoste | Posted 07.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

The individuals who admit selling illegal narcotics to the Mayor of Toronto were repeatedly referred to as "Somali drug dealers." Senator Mike Duffy, (former) PMO Chief of Staff Nigel Wright, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford all boast heritage from the British Isles. How different would the national conversation be if the foursome had another ethnic lineage?

Top 10 Tips for Reaching Your MP This Summer

Alison Loat | Posted 07.26.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

The summer, when MPs have little to no interruptions from Ottawa, is an ideal time to reach them with any burning issues or concerns. We reached out to the inside experts on political engagement -- political staff. We asked for their advice on getting the ears of MPs. Here are some of their tips.

B.C. Election Means More Environmental Strife

David McLaughlin | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia
David McLaughlin

British Columbia had all the makings of Canada's "environmental election." Pipelines and tankers, forests and coastlines, oil and gas, dominated much of the political debate and news coverage. But in the end, pro-development Christy Clark won. So, should pro-growth advocates be celebrating the end of the road for environmentalism as a political force? Not so fast.