Canadian Parliament

Trudeau's Reform Plan Has Paved The Way For An Independent Senate

Bruce Carson | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Carson

Trudeau, by only appointing independent and non-partisan Senators, has blurred the line between government and opposition. Even the Government Representative in the Senate does not identify with the governing party.

Politicians Have No More Excuses For Perpetuating Tax Avoidance

Guy Caron | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Nobody likes to pay taxes. However, the pill is easier to swallow when everyone pays their fair share. It's increasingly clear that in Canada -- and in most industrialized countries -- many are not. We have a two-tier system where the wealthy and the corporations can escape their obligations, and the rest of us can't.

Will Canada Have A Stronger Defence Presence In Asia?

Dr. Fen Hampson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Fen Hampson

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan's inaugural speech at the Shangri-la Dialogue this past weekend -- the Indo-Pacific's premier gathering of defence ministers and officials -- marked a promising beginning to a new security partnership with the region.

Our Assisted Dying Bill Maintains Respect For Life

Jody Wilson-Raybould | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Jody Wilson-Raybould

Bill C-14 reflects a reasonable, balanced approach to the criminal law dimensions of medical assistance in dying, where Parliament's jurisdiction primarily lies. Medical assistance in dying is different from all other forms of medical care in that, in the absence of an exemption, it is otherwise criminal conduct of the most serious nature. Bill C-14 also includes a critical set of safeguards that are designed to give Canadians confidence that life will only be ended where that is the genuine and firm wish of the person.

Complaining About Trudeau And 'Elbowgate' Isn't Helping The Real Issues

Lauren Messervey | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

This was one of the first times when I fully disagreed with our prime minister's initial actions, but the quick and stormy actions of the Conservatives and NDP turned a reasonable concern into a farce. It's the overly polite, overly politically correct narrative that turns Canada into one giant joke for the rest of the world. This time, I was laughing with them.

Assisted Dying Bill C-14 Is Heavy On Ambiguity

Thomas McMorrow | Posted 04.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas McMorrow

The government was (perhaps understandably) reluctant to legislate either a) in support of medical assistance in dying "on demand" for anyone with an intolerable medical condition or b) in a manner that directly contravenes the relatively permissive parameters laid out by the Supreme Court.

Protecting Autonomy In End-Of-Life Care Means Not Leaving People To Die Alone

Thomas McMorrow | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas McMorrow

While law makers deliberate over how to develop the best regulatory regime in light of the Supreme Court's direction, it's important to remember that every one of us is implicated in -- and responsible for -- the shared human endeavour that is governance through law.

5 Issues The Liberals Must Address With The Return Of Parliament

Lindsay Maskell | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Lindsay Maskell

After 83 days in power for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the House of Commons has resumed sitting. Ottawa will be back in full swing with hundreds of new staffers settling into their new roles. As ministers return to the question period briefed up, staffed up and, ideally, rested up from the holiday, we will see a more comfortable team working to deliver on the government priorities set out in their platform and Speech from the Throne: growing the economy for the middle class, providing Canadians with open and transparent government and fighting climate change.

Canadians Need to Take Action on Physician-Assisted Dying

Juliet Guichon | Posted 06.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Juliet Guichon

When the Supreme Court of Canada strikes down legislation on the human body, it presents a challenge to government to respond. In each case, legislators responded ineffectively or did nothing. But, like it or not, the February deadline for legislation on physician-assisted dying is looming.

I Am Not a Terrorist, Despite What My Critics Told a Senate Committee

Faisal Kutty | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

My name is Faisal Kutty. I am a lawyer, law professor, public speaker and writer. I write in response to testimony to your distinguished Committee on February 23, 2015 by a fear monger well-versed in McCarthyism, Mr. Marc Lebuis.In my opinion, Mr. Lebuis and Pointe de Bascule hold anti-Muslim, anti-Islam views. Often unable to identify real threats, they insulting law-abiding Canadians through innuendo and mischaracterization of tenuous or even non-existent links and associations.

In Election Year, Bill C-51 Is Best Opposed by Supreme Court

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Given the parliamentary majority that the Harper government currently enjoys, official effective opposition to its typically extreme legislative proposal lies squarely in the hands of the Supreme Court. Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau's respective decisions to stand aside the bill as it makes its way in the House of Commons, preferring instead to pitch oversight-related amendments as part of their prospective federal electoral platforms, reinforces this reality.

What Americans Get Wrong About Canada

Joseph McLean | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Joseph McLean

You're wrong about Canada. NBC, Global TV, CNN, ABC, on the news and on the screens. We've been through a lot since October 22, collectively, as a country. But how can you stand and say that we've lost our innocence, how can you print it like a litany, false sympathy for our tears?

After the Ottawa Shooting We Must Keep Calm & Carry On

Martina Buchal | Posted 12.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Martina Buchal

The symbolism of the events taking place on Wednesday October 22 in Ottawa could not be more cruel. Shots fired below the tower called "peace," a youn...

A Day in the Life of an Ottawa Mom While Parliament Was Under Attack

CanadianMomEh | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Living

I was in total disbelief and battled with even acknowledging that violence of this nature can even exist in Ottawa. I went to the bus stop like a mother hen to pick up my kids. I had both my kids with me at 4 p.m. and held them close. We waited anxiously for my husband to come home safe.

Post-Shooting, Muslim Canadians Stand in Solidarity With Our Country

Shahla Khan Salter | Posted 12.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Shahla Khan Salter

Ordinary Muslim Canadians in Ottawa on Wednesday had the same worries and concerns as everyone else. As Canadians we are blessed to live in a nation where everyone is free and equal under the law. Our organizations, among others, work to wipe out extremism both at home and abroad and will continue.

The House Is Back In Session

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Like kids going to their first day at school, MPs will be donning their best suits and lugging freshly-filled briefcases back to work today o...

How to Be Patriotic About a Country Built on Diversity

Johanu Botha | Posted 08.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Respecting differences is rightfully Canada's claim to fame in the world, but that is not enough to guide this place to its fullest potential. Canadians cannot -- and should not -- embrace any particular race, language, or religion as their national marker, but they can and should embrace their country. Such an embrace constitutes a commitment to the people who share this land and, indeed, to the land itself. Canadians can put aside the fear that flying the Maple Leaf too high may yield a sudden intolerance in the ship's hull. It won't.

Our New Prostitution Bill Protects the Dignity of Women and Youth

Joy Smith, M.P. | Posted 08.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Joy Smith, M.P.

Canada's profoundly misguided approach to prostitution and treatment of prostitutes changed on June 4, 2014, with the introduction of Bill C-36, the Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. By making prostitution illegal for the first time in Canadian history, the impact of the new prohibitions will be borne by those who purchase sex and persons who exploit others through prostitution rather than vulnerable individuals.

Parliament is Beautiful From the Outside, and a Sham Inside

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

I recall moving up those grand steps of Parliament for the first time following my election and the sense of responsibility that suddenly seemed to descend onto my shoulders. But nothing had quite prepared me for the crudeness of human behaviour that I witnessed.

Climate Change Reveals Cracks in Conservative Caucus

John McKay | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Instead of using the recommended language that Canada takes global warming seriously and that we recognize that human-caused climate change is a serious issue that must be dealt with, the Harper Government touted their non-existent record and resorted to taking pot-shots at the opposition. It seems that Conservative Peter Braid (Kitchener-Waterloo) has grown tired of this silly cycle.

Canada, Don't Let Dissatisfaction with Democracy Excuse Michael Chong's Terrible Ideas

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A great many pundits don't seem to have any problem in theory with Chong's enormously regressive idea that a small group of MPs should have the right to unilaterally depose a party leader democratically-elected by thousands of party members (or a prime minister elected by millions).

Five Steps to Restoring Democracy in Canada

Deborah Coyne | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

What is at the root of the tawdry Senate scandal that is sucking the oxygen out of what is left of Parliament? The root cause is the extraordinary concentration of power in the executive branch of the Government of Canada, namely, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Conservatives Hitting the Snooze Button on Climate Change Is a Snore

Megan Leslie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

Once again, Canada's Conservatives are bound and determined to roll right over, close their eyes and sleep through the alarm bells on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) most recent assessment is a reminder of the urgency of addressing global warming, and the dangers of ignoring rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in response that the newest report released by the IPCC is a wake-up call, and "those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire." Our largest trading partner gets it. So where's Canada's government on this critical environmental and economic issue?

Prorogation Just A Ploy To Avoid Ethics Questions, NDP Say

Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservatives’ shutdown of the House of Commons was not aimed at clicking the reset button but rather at avoiding questions over the ...

Prorogation: Who Wins?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

It's an interesting dilemma for the opposition. They largely wasted the summer months and only once in a while popped up to remind the public about Conservative scandals. Come September they will have to make up for lost time and lost opportunities, but they won't have Question Period to do that in.