Canadian Politics

B.C. Tory MP Reveals Frustration Over Work Sacrifices

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Conservative B.C. MP's personal Facebook post gives a rare glimpse into the life of a federal politician and the need to be "politically correct all...

We Need to Make Better Use of Ex-Prime Ministers

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.18.2014 | Canada
Samuel Getachew

It's time for Canada to step up and recognize our own former Canadian leaders and use their expertise, both in Canada and around the world. It's the right thing to do for them -- it's also the right thing to do for the world.

Let's All Acknowledge the Feminist Conspiracy That is Canada

Anne Theriault | Posted 07.28.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

I think that we can all agree that the main problem with Canadian history is that men are just way too underrepresented. Take our money, for example. I mean, the queen is on all of our coins! What kind of misandry is this? Sure the five dollar bill boasts our old pal Wilfred Laurier, and the ten dollar bill shows everyone's favourite confederation-loving racist Sir John A. Macdonald, and the fifty dollar bill has séance-holder and dog enthusiast William Lyon Mackenzie King and yeah, fine, the hundred dollar bill is devoted to Nova Scotia's good ole boy Sir Robert Borden, but I mean, come on.

Why Are Black People So Committed to Supporting Rob Ford?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 07.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

It benefits us all to be honest with ourselves and recognize that adopted in 1971, enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and further enacted in law in 1988, Canadian multiculturalism is a socio-economic failure that now stains our national mosaic. There is nothing new in pointing out the failure(s) of multiculturalism. However, what has yet to be engaged as a public conversation is the consideration that, as our society's seeping open secret, the socio-economic failure of multiculturalism is what explains the festering phenomenon of black support for Rob Ford.

Extending the Powerful Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Canada

Joseph Soares | Posted 07.21.2014 | Canada Business
Joseph Soares

Since their overall objective should be to find ways to deliver better services more efficiently to Canadians, and given their remarkable record of success, shouldn't Canada forge ahead with a stronger agenda for more Private-Public Partnerships?

50,000 South Sudanese Children Could Die This Year Without Aid

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Canada Impact
Kirsty Duncan

South Sudan, the world's youngest country, did not mark its third anniversary on July 9 by celebrating, but by struggling to survive what the United Nations (UN) recently described as one of the gravest humanitarian and political crises in the world's history. The question that begs to be asked is will the Canadian Government now provide a second round of humanitarian funding? Thousands of children are at risk of dying this year.

Canadian Politicians in Israel Just Experienced Terrorism Firsthand

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 07.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Around 9 p.m. Israel time on Tuesday, Liberal MP Gerry Byrne and a group of Canadian parliamentarians were forced to take cover in one of many bomb shelters across Israel when a siren warned of missiles fired from Gaza headed for Jerusalem, the nation's capital. While all emerged safely, the experience -- and the knowledge that several missiles landed in the city's vicinity -- will not be soon forgotten. Being Canadian is among the greatest gifts in an often-dangerous world.

Would Politicians Make Good Goalkeepers?

Yanick Labrie | Posted 07.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Yanick Labrie

In a penalty kick situation, goalkeepers must decide what to do before clearly observing kick direction. Basically, goalkeepers feel worse, and are judged more harshly, if they stay in the centre and fail to stop the ball than if they jump left or right and fail. Another profession that exhibits action bias, and for much the same reason, is politics.

Why We Should Bring Back Dominion Day

Tom Kott | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Of course, Canadians should be proud of our history as a tolerant, multicultural nation. But this comes without the need to destroy the symbols that brought us to this proud point. Rather, we need to see ourselves as dwarfs on the shoulders of giants. For this reason, Dominion Day should be brought back.

How to Be Patriotic About a Country Built on Diversity

Johanu Botha | Posted 07.01.2014 | 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.

How Canada Should Fight Terrorism

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

This week, Canadians observed the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism. For Sikh Canadians and Jewish Canadians alike, the Day of Remembrance has particular resonance. That our two communities have shared experience in facing terrorism was pointedly on display during the 2008 Mumbai attack.

TFW Program Changes Not Calming B.C. Debate

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government's planned overhaul of the temporary foreign worker program has done little to calm debate in British Columbia, wher...

Former Tory MP Under Fire For New Gig

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - An environmental group has asked the federal ethics commissioner to investigate former cabinet minister Ted Menzies over his new work with an...

Alberta, Saskatchewan Premiers Featured In Northern Gateway Ad

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Former Newfoundland premier Brian Tobin has some advice for British Columbia on the cusp of a final federal decision on the Northern Gatew...

Declining Your Vote Is a Waste of Time

Katie Heindl | Posted 08.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Katie Heindl

The newest hot trend in the trying-so-hard-not-to-expend-one-iota-of-independent-self-guided-research crowd is declining your vote. In less than 24 hours all manner of articles have sprung up that read like the person writing them caught a case of spontaneous narcolepsy when forced to talk about the election. Nobody is going to argue the fact that the Ontario party leaders we've been presented with this time around come across as flat and less than engaging, but when was it ever going to be an option that Hudak's lifeless floating grin be the one I could hold accountable were something to happen to me in my own neighbourhood? Did everyone forget how our political system works?

I Work in Civic Engagement, But I Don't Know How to Vote

Leora Smith | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leora Smith

Now here comes my confession: I don't know how to vote. In any of these elections. It's embarrassing because I really love politics. I talk about it all the time. I mean, I work at Samara, an organization that works to strengthen political participation in Canada. I literally (and I mean literally in the actual literal sense) spend my whole day working on civic engagement. How could this happen to me?

Northern Gateway Pipeline Need-To-Know Facts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Some facts about the Northern Gateway pipeline project:— Its estimated cost is $7 billion and rising.— The 1,177-kilometre twin pipeli...

Northern Gateway Key Events Timeline

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Milestones in the Northern Gateway project, which received federal approval on Tuesday:March 6, 2002: Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) ann...

Seniors Can't Age With Dignity Under the Conservative Plan

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 08.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Canadians are worried about their retirement years. For families struggling just to make ends meet, saving enough for retirement seems more like a dream than a real possibility. But instead of taking action to address financial security for seniors, the Conservative government has acted recklessly.

Arresting Pimps Doesn't Make Sex Workers Safer: Advocates

CP | Tamsyn Burgmann, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Odd nighttime hours, secluded areas of the city and a pervasive reluctance to report safety concerns were all conditions a Vancouver woman...

Obama Cools the Planet, But Puts Heat on Ottawa

Joe Gunn | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Canada, which has pulled out of the Kyoto Accord and has refused in 2013 to ante up the $400-million contribution to the UN's Green Fund (which we had provided to underdeveloped countries in each of the previous three years) appears to be increasingly offside with the global effort.

B.C. Addicts Allowed To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of addicts in Vancouver who were part of a clinical trial examining the use of prescription heroin have won a temporary injunction...

B.C. Group Taking Right To Die Fight To Supreme Court

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. civil liberties group has filed their written argument against an appeal court decision upholding the country's ban on assisted sui...

Targeting Mulcair?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Last week the Conservatives had great fun targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair for the way his party used House of Commons dollars to pay staff in a regional Montreal office. Outside of the joy politicians and their staff get out of beating up on another party's leader -- what was the point?

The Monarchy Debate Is Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

Johanu Botha | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

The question Canadians should ask as they continue to debate the monarchy in this country is: how to square the institutional benefits of a non-partisan Head of State with the monarchy's obvious democratic deficit?