Canadian Politics

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Kokulan Mahendiran

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.

O'Leary Attracts Zingers In 1st Conservative Leadership Debate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2017 | Canada Politics

Quite the welcome.

Elevate Conservative Leadership Candidates Who Reject Populist Rhetoric

Aaron Binder | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

Radical populism has shown its ugly face during this leadership race, and that face is the dual-headed hydra of Kellie Leitch and Kevin O'Leary. The concern is that if radical populism in the Conservative Party is left unchecked, it threatens to overtake meaningful and nuanced candidates like Bernier and Chong.

The Sharks Should Be Circling Kevin O'Leary

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As O'Leary or his campaign team commits another blunder by posting a video of him having fun at a shooting range just as the funerals for the Mosque victims in Quebec starts, sharks of every colour -- blue, red, orange and green -- should be circling around him.

Canada Still Has Much To Learn From The United States

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Living
Elliot M. Cho

Nothing is more dangerous than the efforts to make ourselves feel good about being Canadians by telling us that we are all good and free from the toxicity of U.S. politics. We keep telling ourselves that the incidents where we portrayed our distrust and hate towards each other are all isolated incidents, carried out by the misfits. They don't represent who we are. We are nice people. We need to wake up.

Targeting Immigration Won't Confront The Sources Of Radicalization

Garnett Genuis | Posted 01.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

When it comes to countering radicalization, Canadian policy has a different problem. While the U.S. is pursuing a response to radicalization which actually feeds the problem it is supposed to be addressing, the Canadian response of late has been to effectively deny the reality of the conflict that we are in.

Why We Must Maintain Tolerance As A Canadian Value

Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Dr. Boluwaji Ogunyemi

During a recent visit to my hometown of St. John's, I went to a busy restaurant to meet friends for lunch. The hostess asked my name. "Bolu," I started. After she refused to take my first name, I began with my last name. "O-g-u-n ..." but was abruptly cut off by the visibly irritated hostess. My name was an inconvenience to her -- too foreign, apparently.

This Scandal Is About The Prime Minister's Actions, Not The Aga Khan

Garnett Genuis | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

In light of the prime minister's recent visit with the Aga Khan, a lot of people are asking questions about who the Aga Khan is and what his objectives are. This is a real scandal which raises real questions about Justin Trudeau's ethics. It in no way detracts from the charitable work of the Aga Khan. This scandal is about the prime minister's actions, not the Aga Khan's.

Conservative Leadership Contenders Need To Step Up Their Game

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.19.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

The Conservative leadership race is finally attracting attention. Kevin O'Leary's entrance into the campaign has finally achieved what has been missing to date, i.e., interest. With fourteen in the race, is it time for a few to take "a walk in the snow?" Is it time for a number of the contenders to set aside egos and throw their support behind a serious candidate?

Skilled Trades Will Enable The Future Of Canada's Economy

Nobina Robinson | Posted 01.16.2017 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

If our economy is shifting, how much emphasis do we really need to place on filling predicted shortages and attracting more young people to the trades? While we focus so much on the digital space, we can't forget that Canada is about to make massive investments in physical infrastructure.

Conservative Voters Want A Leader With Something New To Say

Garnett Genuis | Posted 01.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

After the success of Donald Trump, multiple candidates are venturing into that version of the imitation game - in tone, in style, in tactics or in substance. Their failure to recognize fundamental differences in the political culture and the leadership selection processes in both countries will be their undoing.

Together, We Can Achieve A Great Deal In 2017

Jerry Dias | Posted 12.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

The past year has been very eventful for Canada and the world -- in some very good ways, and, unfortunately, in some very bad ones. I do think the next year can provide an opportunity to support more women and marginalized people to be involved in politics and run for office, but this will require our collective actions to create spaces and opportunities.

How Ottawa Can Provide A Powerful Spark For Innovation

Nobina Robinson | Posted 12.22.2016 | Canada Business
Nobina Robinson

The Liberals floated the idea of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) during the election campaign, but scant notice was taken by the media or the business community. But SBIR can be a very powerful catalyst for innovation and we must not allow this idea to be relegated to the policy back burner.

Tory Leadership Contenders Slam O'Leary's Comments On Military

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.19.2016 | Canada Politics

O'Leary reportedly said, "there is nothing proud about being a warrior.''

Minister Spent $1.1 Million On Office Renovation

CP | Joanna Smith, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The work was approved even before the department knew how it would be paid for.

The Humanizing Power Of Baking (And Breaking) Bread

Kelli Kieley | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Kelli Kieley

While we focus on (and maybe obsess over) the nutrients, vitamins or calories in our food, food social enterprises like Newcomer Kitchen are using food's potential to open minds, build healthy communities, and open minds. "You are what you eat" takes on new meaning if we consider not only what is in our dinner, but how and with whom we are dining.

Storm Clouds Are On The Horizon For The Trudeau Government

Keith Beardsley | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There are issues requiring tough decisions that a few selfies will not provide him with enough cover nor will they help him to change the channel to better issues or allow for better optics. His recent foot in mouth moment over his comments on Fidel Castro is just this past weekend's storm cloud. We also have other storm clouds developing on the horizon.

Canadian Taxpayers Shouldn't Have To Foot Bill For British Royals

Luke Rebello | Posted 11.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Luke Rebello

There should be public outcry for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to end these expensive traditions. It is due time the Canadian taxpayer stops paying for the Royal Family's expensive vacations. We are an independent sovereign nation, and it is time our politicians to stop wasting money.

Don't Just Sit There Because The Election's Over

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

We have to act "preventatively." Become active before they pass bills and laws that will affect us adversely. Once it's done, it's done. When we stay silent, when we do nothing, we send a message to our political leaders that everything is just fine and dandy. Even if we believe otherwise. That has to change.

The Changing Rules Of Citizen Engagement

Nick Vlahos | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Nick Vlahos

The push for open government by the Liberals after the Conservatives showed a staunch opposition to transparency has merit. Yet, previous Action Plans were also visible during the Harper era. Nearly every single federal government department website had and still has a similar if not the same commitment to public engagement.

We Must Be United Against Doping In Sport

Carla Qualtrough | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Living
Carla Qualtrough

As a Paralympian and through my subsequent experience in various positions in both the Canadian and international sport systems, I have seen first-hand the positive impact the independent World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has made in the fight against doping in sport. WADA is increasing the pressure on organizations and countries that don't comply with the World Anti-Doping Code. We are gaining traction on this. It's working. Cheaters are being exposed.

Canadian Foreign Aid Further Marginalizes Palestinian Women

Nadine Tahan | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

Rather than providing developmental or good governance aid to the Palestinians, the vast majority of Canada's aid to Palestinians is dedicated to training security forces to police fellow Palestinians. It could even be argued that this is more so a form of aid to Israel than to Palestine.

Green Party Finds Compromise Position On Boycott Of Israel

Thomas Woodley | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

With the release of a draft "compromise" resolution last week, the Green Party of Canada (GPC) seems poised to advocate economic pressure on Israel -- while not endorsing the BDS movement -- and May seems comfortable leading the party forward with this position.

Lest We Forget: Reflections In Troubling Times

Mike Rowlands | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada
Mike Rowlands

"These are the times that try men's souls." So said Thomas Paine on the eve of the American Revolution. As the world looks on, America once again stan...

The Election, As Told By A Canadian Studying Diplomacy In The U.S.

Nathan Cohen-Fournier | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Nathan Cohen-Fournier

As a Canadian studying international relations in the United States, I have followed the elections closely. I saw these elections as a symbol. A symbol of the world's polarization between equality and inclusion, versus protectionism and radicalization.