Canadian Politics

How Harper's Fear Appeals Actually Work

Andreas Krebs | Posted 02.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Conveniently, the fear appeals being made by ISIS, Al Shabab, and the other myriad terror groups we tend to lump together are quite literally textbook examples of fear appeals. What's more, the terrorists and our own government actually work together for a good part of the process, increasing the fear we feel for their own insidious ends.

Reflecting on Nunavut's First 15 Years

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 03.05.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Earlier this month, Inuit leaders and others gathered in Ottawa to look back at the past 15 years and, more importantly, discuss Nunavut's future. With pressure growing to resolve many outstanding aboriginal treaty issues across Canada, it's worth looking at the Nunavut experience.

We Need Real Action, Not Just Talk About Poverty In Canada

Janelle Vandergrift | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Janelle Vandergrift

Today is the World Day of Social Justice. Who among us would disagree with such a concept? The term social justice has become commonplace and tends to go down pretty easy. But what if it goes down a bit too easily? Do we just hear the word, make a mental check mark, and move on? Are we more concerned with saying the right things than actually changing our actions? As citizens of a democracy, we have both the right and responsibility to make a difference in the policies and actions of our government.

Don't Fall For Harper's Election-Year Economic Rhetoric

Colin Kenny | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

No matter how you slice it, Harper has failed to lead Canada towards a sustained economic recovery from the financial crisis seven years ago. It doesn't matter how much public money he spends on ads claiming otherwise. Facts are facts. So, what does a government facing re-election do when its top agenda item, economic management, is in tatters? It changes the channel to something else.

It's Not What Liberals Gain With Eve Adams But What Conservatives Lose

Gavin Magrath | Posted 02.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Gavin Magrath

With much ado about crossing the floor from the Conservative to the Liberal Party, the talk seems to centre on whether Justin Trudeau's Liberals gained much, if anything. That talk misses the point: the question is not what the Liberals got, but what the Conservatives lost. Coming on the heels of the clearly unplanned departure of John Baird, the real story is not the questionable value of the asset Trudeau has acquired but the fact that a sitting government member has crossed the floor to sit with a third party.

Open Letter to Ford Motor Company of Canada

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 02.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Dear Ford Motor Company of Canada, I am very disappointed to hear that talks have been called off on the sale of the St. Thomas Ford assembly plant lands. Families relied on those jobs.

Baird Invited To 'Make-Or-Break' Syria Meeting

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.20.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has been invited to a high-level meeting this week about the future of Syria — one that could include h...

Kenney's Budget Musings Given Cold Shoulder By Gov't Source

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A federal official is distancing the Conservative government from Jason Kenney's public musings over the weekend that spending cuts might be ...

How Is it That Norway Is Rich and We Are Not?

John McKay | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Politics
John McKay

Alberta's economy is on the precipice of free-fall where Norwegians are able to look over the precipice and know that they are not going over it. How did this happen? The simple answer is that Norway decided to de-link its economy from oil revenues and Canada did not.

CRA's Text Message Destruction Should Be Probed: NDP

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.19.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A New Democrat MP is raising the spectre of a political coverup in asking the federal information watchdog to investigate the Canada Revenue ...

Our Politicians Are Failing Us. Here's What We Need to Do

Deborah Coyne | Posted 01.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

Rather than think outside the box, tear down old structures and focus on engaging Canadians in informed conversations about ideas, choices and reasonable compromises, we are presented with short-term Band-Aid solutions, pandering to superficiality instead of principle

Canada's Baby Boom Is Nothing Like the One in the U.S.

Robert L. Brown | Posted 01.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert L. Brown

First, assuming that the baby boom is a post-war phenomenon means we jump to the wrong conclusion when guessing the cause. The baby boom was not the result of frisky soldiers returning to Canada. It was, instead, the result of the very good economic times in the period 1952 to 1965 allowing for at-home moms and large families.

Canada Urgently Needs an Updated AIDS Strategy

Dr. Julio Montaner | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr. Julio Montaner

We urgently need to expand access to HIV testing across Canada, and facilitate free access to HAART, care and support. We need stronger anti-discrimination legislation that protects those infected and those most at risk for acquisition of HIV infection. We must repel federal law criminalizing HIV exposure and introduce new laws that truly protect the safety of sex workers.

A Year of Fighting for Food Rights Around the World

Rachel Parent | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Rachel Parent

I can't help but look back on 2014 with such gratitude. For Kids Right To Know, it's been our biggest and busiest year so far. I could fill many pages telling you about all the things we've accomplished, but I'll settle for the following highlights...

Is John A. Macdonald Really the Canadian Hero We Think He Is?

Lisa Jackson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Lisa Jackson

This year, a Sir John A. Macdonald-inspired beer was launched to "celebrate the heritage and greatness of being Canadian" and mark his 200th birthday. Looking closer at the real history, should we celebrate Sir John A as a beloved Canadian hero?

Is Trudeau's Positive Approach His Greatest Asset?

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 01.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Often, the attitude in retaliation to anything -- political strategies included -- is one of "if we can't beat them, we'll join them." So why, then, has Justin Trudeau's Liberal party taken the opposite approach?

In 2014, There Was Progress For Aboriginal People

Andreas Krebs | Posted 03.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Andreas Krebs

Canada's colonial reality means Aboriginal people here face challenges where non-Aboriginal people enjoy opportunities. But I believe that through the hard work of many activists, leaders, and thinkers, Canada is slowly decolonizing. In the spirit of optimism that rings in a new year, I'd like to focus on some of the events that signal this gradual shift, even while recognizing that, in the words of Justice Murray Sinclair, head of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, this work will not be completed in our lifetimes.

Lessons On the Dangers of Income Inequality... From TD Bank

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 02.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr Ryan Meili

It is perhaps discouraging that the health effects of inequality have not been sufficiently concerning to drive decision-makers to change policies, but a new kind of evidence may make a greater difference. It's not only the people in unequal countries that are sicker, it's their markets as well.

Why Do Charities Ask for Coins Instead of Change?

Joe Gunn | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada Impact
Joe Gunn

At Christmas time, Canadians give like at no other time of year. What I don't see enough of at Hanukkah, Christmas, or any other time of year, however, are charities soliciting people to keep their coins, and instead offer real "change."

Vancouver MLA Seeks NDP Nomination For Federal Riding

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2015 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver MLA is seeking the NDP nomination for the federal riding of Vancouver East.Mable Elmore currently represents the riding of Van...

Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Duff Conacher

Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. Instead, they changed the Reform Act to the "Hope for Reform Act," essentially giving up the chance to limit party leaders' powers.

Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him. Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision? Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.

Genetic Discrimination Means the Choice Between Life and Life Insurance

Shimon Koffler Fogel | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Shimon Koffler Fogel

Protecting members of our society from discrimination based on the colour of their skin, ethnicity, or ancestry is a fundamental Canadian value. Unfortunately, Canadians across the country currently face real as well as potential future discrimination based on their DNA. Genetic testing can provide diagnostic precision and more effective treatment of illness, saving lives and ultimately reducing healthcare costs. Tragically, patients all too often face a dreadful dilemma: undergo testing that could prolong and improve the quality of their lives but would make them vulnerable to discrimination, or refrain from testing and take their chances.

The Canadian Government Is Failing Endangered Species

Sheryl Fink | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

In the past two weeks, the government of Canada has come under fire several times over its complete lack of effort when it comes to the protection of endangered species. The gap between what Canada says -- and what it actually does -- for conservation continues to widen, and it is wildlife who pays the price.

When Will Governments Get Tough on Sexual Harassment?

Kathleen Finlay | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Kathleen Finlay

It's no longer a matter of discretion on the part of employers to permit smoking in the workplace. Why? Because its effects are known to be toxic. Sexual harassment can be no less toxic to those affected. It's time our political leaders got that message. They need to stop allowing employers, including governments themselves, to turn a blind eye when sexual harassment and reprisals occur, and put in place tough laws that really protect women.