Canadian Politics

Why I'm Running for the Green Party of Canada

Deborah Coyne | Posted 08.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The Green Party offers Canadians a clear choice and fresh vision to get us working together again for One Canada for all Canadians. But all progressive voters must work together to take back Canada, a Canada that earns the admiration of the world for our innovation and competitive spirit.

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on GMO Labelling?

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

Attend an all candidate's meeting in your area, and ask what his or her stance is on GMOs. If enough people ask, they'll know that this is important to Canadians, and that their chances of getting elected will depend on where they stand on this issue! Together, we can make GMO labelling an election issue.

The Conservatives Have Steered Canada Into a Preventable Recession

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

How far has Canada's economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada's economy was "the envy of the entire world." That claim was always overstated. Now it is downright ludicrous. We must look to government for a more effective response to the recession. Unfortunately, however, that looks like another policy dead-end. Because so far the response of federal Conservatives has been as ineffectual as it is predictable: deny, point fingers, and spread fear.

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is already taking measurements for new drapes in the Prime Minister's Office, but he might have a more pressing matter to deal with: whether he should even be allowed to contest this fall's election.

To Become Engaged Citizens We Must Exercise Our Right to Vote

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Reeha Korpal

Living in western societies we often take our right to vote for granted. Low voter turnout can be seen across the board from municipal elections, provincial ones, and even the federal elections -- in fairness it tends to get better the higher the level of government -- and it is for lack of a better word: depressing.

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau.

This Election, Let's Talk About the Public Good

Sol Chrom | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

It's been a while, but I've been thinking about the importance of civility as we ramp up for a fall election. I know, I know -- it's a bourgeois notion, shot through with elements of class and privilege and advantages not everyone has, but at its heart, isn't it really about treating each other with simple decency?

Trinity Western Grasps at Hypocritical Half-Truths

Douglas Judson | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

John Carpay's condemnation of the Ontario Superior Court alleges that 'half-truths' have been relied on to scuttle Trinity Western University's quest to establish a law school. Ironically, Mr. Carpay's own analysis is built upon factual and legal mischaracterizations. These are designed to stoke suspicions of a nonexistent anti-Christian bias among legal institutions and to undermine the crucial public policy considerations invoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada in denying TWU's accreditation. The dispute surrounding TWU is about the public interest obligations of law societies to promote equal access to the profession, not about meddling with university policies or religious doctrines.

Free Expression Is Slipping Away

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

Free expression is democracy. Without it, political choice is a farce. You can have all the elections you want and they will mean nothing without the secure right to express, share information and advocate for your views. Canada's federal government has been no friend of the right to know since Prime Minister Stephen Harper came to power.

Real Change for Canada's Environment and Economy

John McKay | Posted 07.03.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Canadians no longer need to make the false choice between the environment and the economy. On Monday in Vancouver, Justin Trudeau unveiled a detailed plan for real change that will create jobs, grow the economy and protect the environment.

Canada Needs to Increase Its Focus on North America

Carlo Dade | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carlo Dade

That the U.S. is changing is not news; it may be the definition of pabulum. But what is surprising is how out of touch or uninformed most of Canada seems to be with the drastically changing U.S. and also Mexico, in other words with North America.

Harper Has Made Canada Irrelevant in Global Governance

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

Stephen Harper's decisions on Iran, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and the United States have officially shut the last nails on the coffin of Canadian relevance in global governance. The Conservative government's hard power strategy officially commits Canada to the role of a fireman in an incandescent region, at the taxpayer's expense, with zero influence on the regional levers at the core of the Middle East's most pressing fires today. It is time for the opposition parties to fine-tune their foreign policy chops in the coming official campaign period in order for Canada to chart its way back to the world's bargaining table.

What Political Campaigns Need to Learn From Digital Marketers

Jeff Quipp | Posted 06.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Jeff Quipp

It's well known that people who consume news media are more likely to be civically and politically engaged, but where people get their news has now shifted. With more and more people opting to search for news not only online, but on social media platforms, politicians and their teams are now faced with the challenge (and opportunity) of being in that space and using it appropriately.

Canada Needs a Military Leader Who Doesn't Excuse Sexual Harassment

Matt Toner | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Matt Toner

This past week, the outgoing Chief of Defence Staff -- the man at the very top of that metaphorical hill -- unwittingly let us all have a peek at the highest levels of thinking around this problem. Why would we accept Lawson's mumbly assertion that the military is powerless to alter people's "biological wiring"? This is actually a huge part of what the command structure has always done. The military indoctrinates soldiers so that they do such things not just without question, but to the best of their ability. So why is it so hard to indoctrinate them into a reasonable understanding of why sexual harassment is unacceptable?

Gilles Duceppe Offers a Win-Win Alternative to Quebec Voters

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Now that Gilles Duceppe is back and has declared his willingness to support a coalition that would offer an alternative to the Conservatives and which is in Quebec's interest, the dilemma for voters in the province changes dramatically.

The Senate Scandal Was Not Worth a $23 Million Audit

Lee Tunstall | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Lee Tunstall

Consider me one of the millions of Canadians offended by the Senate spending scandal. But it's not for the reason you might think. The auditor general spent around $23 million on this investigation, and found less than $1 million in questionable expenses -- out of $180 million worth of expenses investigated. So we, the ever-patient, ever-indulgent taxpayers, spent $23 million to find out that 0.5 per cent of Senate expenses were questionable. Should we be outraged? Yes, by the dollar cost of the investigation and by the cost to the reputation of Canada's upper house.

Tell Us What Keeps You Up At Night

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 06.16.2015 | Canada Politics

With the country ramping up for a federal election in the fall, it's high time to talk about what is most important to Canadians as we go forward as a nation.

Reform or Abolish the Senate? The Choice Should Be Ours

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The latest depressing revelations about the Senate make it clear that the institution cannot continue in its present form. The vast majority of Canadians now agree that reform or abolition of the Canadian Senate is overdue. It is time to bring the people of Canada into the centre of the process and directly consult Canadians on any proposal for constitutional reform through a consultative referendum.

Conservatives Have Damaged Our Immigration System

John McCallum | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
John McCallum

Throughout our history, Canada has welcomed newcomers with a smile. They were -- and are -- nation builders. Under the Conservatives, this smile has become a scowl and we have unfortunately witnessed a decade of decline in three major areas: family reunification, refugees, and citizenship applicants.

BLOG: Senators, Canadians Want You to Defeat Bill-C51

Corey Levine | Posted 06.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Corey Levine

Undecided or Undeclared Senators, thanks to the campaign #StopC51, I know your names. And while there are simply too many of you to list, you know who you are. You may be wondering what caused this monumental shift in Canadian public opinion in just a few short months.

At the Heart of Medicine: An Interview With CMA President Chris Simpson

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 05.30.2015 | Canada
Dr Ryan Meili

Recently, I was fortunate to attend the Global Symposium on the Role of Physicians and National Medical Associations in Addressing Health Equity and the Social Determinants of Health held in London, England. I sat down with Dr. Simpson to explore the stories, the evidence and the politics that come into play when doctors are actors for social change.

We Are Citizens, Not Just Taxpayers

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Business
Janelle Vandergrift

You know what they say: nothing is certain but death and taxes. But perhaps the negative assumptions behind this common saying deserve some second thought. Instead of rolling our eyes and gritting our teeth, let's consider how our tax dollars contribute to the common good as citizens first.

CETA's Promise of 80,000 Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Maude Barlow | Posted 06.01.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, has repeatedly promised an 80,000 job windfall from CETA. But many economists and commentators have questioned the veracity of economic models of trade agreements saying free trade's returns have been overestimated.

Bill C-51 Takes a Sledgehammer to the Canadian Charter

Shekhar Parmar | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Shekhar Parmar

On Wednesday our parliament passed bill C-51; a bill which takes a sledgehammer to the principles in the Charter. How could a controversial bill with 52 per cent of Canadians opposing it and only 33 per cent supporting it pass? Ignoring the voices of your constituents is dangerous, especially in an election year.

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.