Canadian Politics

Goodbye And Good Riddance To The Harper Era

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Stephen Harper emerged in May from his self-imposed obscurity to say goodbye. I say good riddance. The former prime minister who once boasted, "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it," lost the federal election last October and stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, but remained a Member of Parliament.

Changes To Senate Appointment Process Aim To Give Canadians A Voice

Vikram Vij | Posted 07.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Vikram Vij

There's not much time left for applications -- the August 4th deadline is not far off, and you need to get letters of recommendation together, as well as the usual paperwork -- but I urge you to think hard about who YOU think would make a great addition to the Senate and get applications in ahead of the deadline.

8-Year-Old Aspiring Astronaut Impresses Innovation Minister

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Young Sahana Khatri penned a letter on why she'd be the perfect candidate for Canadian Space Agency's call for astronauts. And she heard back.

We Still Need A Full Review Of Bill C-51 To Remove Charter Violations

Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Posted 07.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression

On the anniversary of filing a Charter challenge to Bill C-51, the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is calling on Canadians to send a message to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government that it's past time to restore our constitutional freedoms and repeal the unconstitutional aspects of this dangerous and ineffective legislation.

When It Comes To Payroll, The Buck Stops At Trudeau

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

If you know someone in the Public Service or someone who has recently retired from the government, chances are you know someone who hasn't been paid or who isn't receiving the pay and benefits that they are supposed to be getting. We all have friends in that situation. And it isn't pretty.

Is Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould Willing To Ask The Hard Questions?

Naomi Sayers | Posted 07.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Naomi Sayers

I was proud of an Indigenous woman being named the new Justice Minister. But sadly, I am let down by the current government with parading another Indigenous woman, and other Indigenous persons, out when it conveniences them, at a moment's notice to disregard criticism of the party's actions.

Building A Fairer, More Sustainable Health-Care System For Canada

Sean Speer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

The reality is that Canada's present system is failing to live up to the principle of universality. By subsidizing hospital and doctor costs for all Canadians we have little public monies left over to help low- and middle-income Canadians pay for uninsured services and treatments.

Canada's Premiers Need To Listen To Working People

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Working people understand the importance of a decent job and a well-funded health care system, and the connection between the two. Labour leaders are in Whitehorse this week to make sure that message gets through to our provincial leaders, and through them to our prime minister.

When It Comes To China, We All Suffer From Myopia

Karen Lin | Posted 07.15.2016 | Canada Living
Karen Lin

We have to recognize that, as a rising super power, China does not always have to do what Canada wants it to do. Our press has to stop getting into the habit of being self-indulgent or exhibiting a moral superiority complex.

Embrace The Comparative Impact Advantage Of A Focus On Mining

Julian Dierkes | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Julian Dierkes

In seeking out concentrations of expertise in Canada, it is difficult to ignore the extractive sector. Given the (good and bad) history and size of this sector, and the lack of global rivals in the density of expertise (other than Australia), should international assistance not leverage this expertise to achieve a lasting impact in developing countries?

Canadian Economy Largely Immune From Negative Effects Of Brexit

Yves Guillaume A. Messy | Posted 07.06.2016 | Canada Business
Yves Guillaume A. Messy

In a world of financial and economic inter-connectedness it would be foolish to suggest that there won't be any knock-on effects from the hitherto number four largest economy worldwide in its political convulsions, but from this particular writer's standpoint, Canada's economy is sailing safely going forward.

Canadian Politicians Should Stop Meddling In Foreign Votes

Adam Chambers | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Adam Chambers

Why were non-UK politicians around the world obsessed with weighing in on the Brexit debate? It's unbecoming for politicians to act like the nosy neighbour and get involved in the domestic dispute of a sovereign state. Unfortunately, Brexit has polarized the population in the UK. It has pitted regions against each other and has caused deep divides within political parties. But what's more troublesome is people that have no right to vote in the referendum aren't just engaged in the debate, they are attempting to influence its outcome. It's doubly worse that many of these people are elected politicians of foreign states.

Brexit Debate Lays Bare U.K's National Fault Lines

Jonathan Scott | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Below the surface of the proposed British exit from the European Union is a sense of great consternation in the smaller countries that make up the United Kingdom. Having lived, studied and worked throughout the U.K. for the past two years, the divisions within the country are striking and broader than most North Americans realize.

Will Canada Have A Stronger Defence Presence In Asia?

Dr. Fen Hampson | Posted 06.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Fen Hampson

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan's inaugural speech at the Shangri-la Dialogue this past weekend -- the Indo-Pacific's premier gathering of defence ministers and officials -- marked a promising beginning to a new security partnership with the region.

Canada's Conservative Wasteland

Aaron Binder | Posted 06.08.2016 | Canada
Aaron Binder

White boys rapping, Ready for Raitt, barbaric cultural practices and two Libertarians. All this and more as the Conservative Party of Canada begins e...

5 Economic Reasons To Diss The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Sujata Dey | Posted 06.09.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

We hear often that Canada is a trading nation and that, without trade agreements such as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, we will lose access to 800 million consumers and 40 per cent of the world economy.

No Legal Voids With Physician Assisted Dying Post June 6th

Amanda Blitz | Posted 06.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

My friend Chuck wants to kill himself. He is hoping if Bill C-14 does not pass in the Senate by June 6th, he will be able to legally commit suicide with the help of a doctor, thereby ending his constant, debilitating and painful battle with mental illness. Chuck is part of a group of patients who, despite being included in the Supreme Court of Canada's ground-breaking decision in Carter vs. Canada, have been cut out of the Liberal's Bill C-14. Here's why.

Put Into Place An Assisted Dying Act That Lives Forever

Amanda Blitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

Our elected leaders are hopefully digging deep and trying to figure out what the right path is for Canada on Bill C-14: the Liberal's legislation on medically assisted dying. It's not an easy task. It may be the most important piece of legislation some of these MPs ever vote on. It's remarkable that our country has even gotten to this point in the first place, but we need to take it slow.

Canada Must Decide The Role Sophie Grégoire Trudeau Plays

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

I'm proud of Mrs. Grégoire Trudeau's involvement and support of causes. I just think she chose the wrong audience at the wrong time. Most parents who work full-time or more would be over the moon to have one helper. To want to have two plus an office of staff comes across as tone-deaf and elitist, even if it is warranted by the purposes you are taking on. I think I speak for the majority of the average families out there when they would say that if you can't handle the workload you're taking on, you're going to have to consider cutting back or looking at taking some money out of your pocket to find a workaround.

Corporate Welfare Is Bad For National Unity

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 05.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Aaron Wudrick

Corporate welfare teaches companies and regions that what's important is about getting your "fair cut" of "free" money. And when your cut isn't perceived as fair, it can turn a wasteful policy into a corrosive, emotional weapon to be used by those with regional grievances.

How The Liberal Party Plans To Innovate The Way We Innovate

Greg MacNeil | Posted 04.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

More cynical commentators in Ottawa dismissed the newly minted Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister of Science portfolios as a simple rebrand of pre-existing cabinet posts. In some ways, that was an understandable reaction. After all the new Liberal government was widely criticized by opposition parties for being heavy on style and light on substance.

Tories Use Viral Trudeau Video In Attack Ad

The Huffington Post Canada | Mohamed Omar | Posted 04.19.2016 | Canada Politics

Let the attack ad games begin.

Gender Parity In Politics Can't Wait Another 100 Years

Janis Irwin | Posted 04.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Janis Irwin

At the provincial level, three provinces are led by women, including Premier Rachel Notley in Alberta. Women make up 53 per cent of our province's cabinet ministers. In 2006, it was a mere 11 per cent. So, in a decade, that's progress. Federally, as in Alberta, cabinet is gender-balanced, a move that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified with the now oft-quoted "because it's 2015." Yet, in 2016, it must be noted that only 26 per cent of seats in the House of Commons are held by women. So, why is it that the lack of gender parity remains so pronounced in most levels of government across Canada?

At Federal Convention, And Beyond, Let's Move Our Party Forward

Janis Irwin | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Janis Irwin

We can, moving forward, outline a clear vision of who we are, what we stand for, and what we can truly offer to Canadians... I want to know how we -- New Democrats -- will do better and I want these plans grounded in evidence-based policy reflective of our values. And I want for our members to chart the course of our party, not for what might be popular at the time or what might gain support in the short-term to guide our decisions.

3 Ways Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."