Canadian Politics

8 Reasons to Keep Politics Out of Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Three widely acknowledged conversational no-fly zones at business or social gatherings are religion, politics and sex. To venture into any of these potentially volatile spaces is to risk triggering a difference in opinion or, worse, an argument with those you are attempting to build a new business relationship with.

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

Jonathan Scott | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The Liberal platform is a grab bag of fine, progressive ideas. I like it. The deficit financing pledge, designed to stimulate a sluggish (if not recessionary) economy, is smart fiscal policy. But Justin Trudeau's attempts to make income inequality the cause célèbre have seemingly fallen flat, perhaps for the simple reason that Canada isn't the United States: we don't have what Bernie Sanders calls "the billionaire class," or at least we don't have as obvious and obnoxious a class. And, to put it mildly, Chyrstia Freeland is no Elizabeth Warren. But it's the lack of any clear policy from any party on healthcare that truly perplexes me. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?

Yes, Women's Equality Is Still a Political Issue

Oxfam Canada | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When we ask our political leaders to talk about issues affecting women what we're asking for is a conversation about the unseen and largely unacknowledged inequalities that affect girls and women throughout their lives. I have a daughter. Like every Canadian woman, she's growing up in a country where to be female is to be overrepresented in poorly paid part-time work; under-represented at every level of authority and power; and so devalued as a worker that virtually any sector that attracts a female workforce pays less than sectors dominated by males.

Harper Could Learn a Thing or Two From Interning

Peter Landry | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The worse thing that interns -- and any other employees -- can do is to try and cover up the situation. For high achieving kids, admitting a significant mistake can be hard. We like their desire to be liked and their positive self esteem. But sometimes humility and confession go a long way. Which brings me to Stephen Harper and the Mike Duffy affair. Somehow in the political world, leaders and their staffs have come to believe that voters expect perfection. Any admission to the contrary is not tolerated. The result is the cover up.

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

Trudeau Tries To Keep Senate Expense Scandal In The Public Eye

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kept the issue of how the Prime Minister's Office handled Sen. Mike Duffy's expenses scandal in the public...

Why We're Going Beyond The Ballot

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 08.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

This campaign season, HuffPost Canada will be going past the sales pitch, away from the attacks and beyond the ballot.

Want a Healthy Society? Take Care of the Children

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Beloved Canadian children's singer Raffi is touring Canada with a new album after having taken time away to focus on and develop the Centre for Child Honouring. While he was in Saskatoon, we sat down to discuss music and the making of a healthy society.

The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

John Carpay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics
John Carpay

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?

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 08.20.2015 | 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.