Canadian Politics

What We Can Learn From The Turkish Referendum About Immigration

Garnett Genuis | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

The results of the recent Turkish referendum reveal a lot about the success of different countries' immigration and integration policies. In this referendum, Turkish expats abroad were eligible to vote. Strikingly, the results were completely opposite to that reasonable expectation.

Canada's Flawed Refugee System Gives New Arrivals A Half Welcome

Joe Gunn | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

In the autumn of 2015, folks at my church got very excited about the opportunity to sponsor refugee families from Syria. Plans were made, funds raised, paperwork submitted - and at one point, an apartment was rented. And then, we waited... and waited. Finally, a Syrian family arrived that our parish could sponsor - in March 2017.

It's Time For Free Birth Control

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Despite those who may object to free birth control, there are many reasons why prescription birth control should be free. Making birth control free saves Canada billions in health care costs. It benefits those who take it, is effective in reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions, and increases equal access to sexual health products.

Social Housing Boost In 2017 Budget Means Better Buildings For All Canadians

Karen Tam Wu | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Tam Wu

With the new federal budget, Canada's government is sending a strong signal that it intends to follow through on its commitment to curb carbon pollution from our homes and buildings. By focusing on social housing, the budget also signals a resolve to ensure energy efficiency will benefit all Canadians.

Why Canada Cannot Give In To Isolationism

Aaron Binder | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

We are entering a new era of identity politics -- the increasingly common practice of political campaigns throwing actual policy to the wind and instead playing directly to our emotions -- this method is defined by selfies, sunny-ways, hope and change, fear and division and class anger turned into blind rage.

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

What You Didn't Know About M-103

Erin O'Toole | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Motion 103 did not come from a genuine desire to have a serious debate on discrimination in the House of Commons. The origin of Motion 103 is found in the e-Petition on which it is based. This seems to have been missed by many observers who think this motion was brought after the terrible attack on the mosque in Quebec.

Is Canada's Multicultural Identity Only Skin-Deep?

Osman Shah | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Osman Shah

Can we say we are a multicultural society if we're unable to fundamentally accept its most basic concept: tolerance of other cultures and religions? Why is there a discrepancy between the support many Canadians show to multiculturalism -- and who often feverishly argue is the basis of Canadian identity -- and combating Islamophobia? If we're (arguably) a multicultural society then why are we also not an anti-Islamophobia society?

I See A Chance To Fight Bigotry. Liberals See A Political Play

Garnett Genuis | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.

Everyday Acts Of Sexual Violence Are Far Too Common In Politics

Emerald Bensadoun | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Emerald Bensadoun

In a country that prides itself in its gender-equal cabinet, the question of whether or not Parliament Hill is a safe space for women is rarely discussed. From hateful and misogynistic comments to sexual assault, women in Canadian politics continue to be targets of violence at various stages of their careers.

An Argument For Bi-Partisanship, Healthy Debate And Empathy

Olivia Lovenmark | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada
Olivia Lovenmark

The world is becoming more partisan, and we can understand why this is happening when you look at the consistency of global events that encourage impa...

My Eating Disorder Recovery Wasn't A Picture-Perfect Success Story

Olivia Robinson | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Olivia Robinson

We speak in platitudes about the "road to recovery" with eating disorders, like there's an easily-replicable strategy, like winning a board game. My recovery was a hellish game of snakes and ladders: I'd make progress and then have a setback and slide back to start.

Canada Needs The Political Will Required To Tackle Hate

Samer Majzoub | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Day after day and incident after incident, it has become a necessity that all systematic, racial and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, must be studied thoroughly to come up with policies that will cure these social diseases once and for all.

If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Howard Anglin | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

When Rebel Media sent out emails claiming that "Canada is on the verge of passing a law that would prohibit criticizing Islam" and that "If this motion passes, Canadians can be persecuted for expressing any criticism of Islam, even when warranted," I pointed out that M-103 is a motion, not a law, and that it will not change a single comma of existing speech legislation. Apparently, Prime Minister Trudeau disagrees.

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.