Canadian Politics

Fair Elections Act Amendments Miss the Mark

Travis Gordon | Posted 04.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Travis Gordon

Tuesday's amendments proposed by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs do remarkably little to change the spirit of the Fair Elections Act. The Act is and continues to be an affront to the democratic rights of Canadians.

Canada's Foreign Worker Program Has a Trust Problem

Mary Donohue | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Employers are not "hooked" on temporary foreign workers because they provide critical skills on an emergency basis (as the program was intended) but because they work hard (and presumably for cheap). So who's to blame? It's time for management to look in the mirror. For the last 50 years organizations have invested in just about anything except their employees, who are increasingly treated as replaceable widgets. The federal government is also complicit. Why should employers bother to train, motivate and engage their workers when they can simply replace them with foreign "temporary" workers?

Why the NDP Won't Save Quebec

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 04.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

The only scenario in which the NDP may be organised and stable enough to enter the Québec fray would be if it were to win consecutive mega majorities federally. That would bring us to 2023. This is neither a sustainable nor a realistic political alternative.

B.C. Politicians React To Flaherty's Death

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Sorrow is being expressed across British Columbia over the sudden death of Canada's former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who has died at ...

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Alex Sangha | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.

The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.

Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

Terrance Oakey | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Business
Terrance Oakey

Policies that restrict competition ultimately act to the detriment of Canadian firms and their workers. Free trade agreements like CETA open new markets for Canadian companies, but also force them to compete against foreign entities at home. It is that competition that spurs innovation and productivity.

Fair Elections Are a Matter of Morality

Joe Gunn | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on some of the details. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.

An Open Nomination Doesn't Mean Liberals Reward Bad Behaviour

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

There seems to be some confusion as to the difference between open nominations and the commitment in the Liberal Party for open and fair nominations. In 2009, when we presented the "Change Commission" report to the Liberal Party of Canada, we really wanted to call it "Stop Rewarding Bad Behaviour." From coast to coast to coast we had heard stories of 'bad behaviour' in nomination and leadership races that were seriously turning people off the political process.

B.C. Has Canada's 1st Seniors Care Advocate

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia has appointed Canada's first seniors' advocate, but the Opposition New Democrats maintain the government missed the opport...

Blurred (Party) Lines Are Ruining Canadian Politics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg In the fight against Quebec separatists, its often insisted that Canadian politicians need to "speak with one voice." And that might be true. Everywhere else, however, politics would improve immensely if we could choose between two clear ones. Canada is long overdue for a fundamental re-calibration of provincial politics. Perhaps at the next Manning Centre Conference, all of Canada's supposedly "right-of-centre" politicians   can get together and agree to forge a new provincial political brand (say, the "Conservative Party") that's present in all provinces. And then maybe all the left-wing people can meet at, I don't know, David Suzuki's next garden party or something.

How Much Did Canada Really Know Before Entering Kandahar?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excus...

Don't Let Truth Be a Casualty of Democracy

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

They say that truth is one of the first casualties of war, but it should not be a casualty in the daily war of words we see in the House of Commons. The public may disagree with what you say, we may argue about the facts you tell us or how you interpret them, but remember that your words will still be there for others to see and read decades from now. We are listening, so at least tell us the truth.

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

Daniel Dickin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

At some point, the NDP has to learn that their filibustering tactics only result in further efforts to limit debate through closure and time allocation measures. The NDP aren't defending democracy by filibustering -- they're filibustering democracy.

B.C. Gold Mine Rejected By Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government has again rejected a proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia's Interior over environm...

Althia Raj

So, About Those 'Open Nominations'..

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL – He promised an open nomination process, but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won’t necessarily stay out of any riding race when it comes...

Althia Raj

Five Things To Watch At The Liberal Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau’s first policy convention as Liberal leader kicks off in Montreal Thursday. Three thousand delegates and paid observers are expected ...

Why the 2014 Economic Action Plan is Not a 'Do-Nothing' Budget

John McKay | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

This budget certainly does a lot of things. It ignores struggling families desperately in need of daycare options. In 2006, the Conservatives cancelled the Liberal National Daycare Program, opting instead for a $100/month subsidy. Canadian families know how to stretch a buck, but $100 does not stretch very far.

Spending Scandal: Canadians Won't Abide $72,000 in Moving Expenses

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Once again we have a spending scandal occupying the attention of Canadians. This time however, it doesn't involve our esteemed senators but two former generals, Andrew Leslie who is presently a senior Liberal advisor and Daniel Menard who retired in disgrace from the armed forces. Leslie claimed $72,000 for moving expenses and Menard claimed $40,000.

War Of Words Over $72,000 In Moving Expenses

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A retired general who once led Canada's troops in Afghanistan is accusing the federal Conservatives of a "personal attack" over his moving ex...

Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a Medal

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Economic Action Plan 2014 is what Canada needs. It continues to support jobs and growth; supports families and communities; and highlights the road to a balanced budget in 2015 without cutting transfers to individuals or the provinces.

He Wants Details On Federal Flood Aid

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner is happy to see a $2.8 billion commitment to flood relief in the federal budget, but says he still has...

Trudeau's Abolition of Liberal Senators Changes Nothing

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald Justin Trudeau has banished all 32 Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus, yet he's managed to ...

Trudeau's Support of Keystone XL Is Dangerous for Canada

Adam Shedletzky | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Adam Shedletzky

Trudeau professes to be capable of both meaningfully combatting climate change and supporting oil sands expansion. Yet he recently went so far as to proclaim that "the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and elsewhere is not scientific." Leaving oil in the ground is precisely what must happen. The longer Trudeau loudly supports the oil industry without a similarly strong signal that he is committed to meaningful action on climate change, the harder it will be, should he win, to enact the bold policies the scientific community is actually calling for.

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).