Canadian Politics

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."

Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job Application

Howard Anglin | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

Tradition is the right word for the appointment in other ways. While most court watchers confidently predicted an aboriginal appointee, a woman, or both, Mr Trudeau confounded speculation by choosing an experienced, older white man. The traditional diversity markers of region and language won out over more recent preoccupations with race and sex.

Pipeline Critics Must Learn To Compromise Or Be Left Behind

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

We're being left behind by other countries and economies while we chase an elusive ideal under some imaginary rainbow. It's time for our leaders to stand up and draw a line in the sand and stop enabling these fanatics, lest they achieve their ultimate goal of completely shutting down our economic engine.

The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human Rights

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Once a bastion of democracy in East Asia, which was successfully restored after almost 40 years of authoritarian rule, South Korea has now become the deathbed for democracy. Since 2011, Freedom House has rated the freedom of the press in South Korea as only being "partly free."

Parliament Must Not Back Down From Fight Against Tax Evasion

Guy Caron | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

There is no doubt that fighting tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance will mean confronting very powerful interests who will push back with a large arsenal of resources, from public relations to lawsuits. We, as parliamentarians, cannot be intimidated.

Unifor Gets It On Pensions, Why Don't Our Public Sector Unions?

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Take the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which recently reached a tentative agreement with Canada Post. Even though Canada Post faces a pension shortfall of $6.2 billion, all reports suggest that CUPW did not make any concessions on defined-benefit pensions.

When Will The Liberals Realize Perception Is Everything In Politics

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Politicians need to keep in mind that it is the small things that add up over time and it is the small things that get them booted out of office. It's the continual picking away by the opposition of the day and the media that eventually sours voters on a government. What was Trudeau thinking when he suggested to his top two staffers in their letter of employment that they could access this relocation program in its entirety?

Canada Has A Two-Tier Tax System And CRA Is Part Of The Problem

Guy Caron | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

In regards to tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) should be part of the solution. At the moment, it rather seems to be part of the problem. Over the last few years, we have seen that the CRA institutionalized various practices, eroding the trust that Canadians place in it.

Wynne Launches Petition Against... Herself?

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Without an ounce of self-awareness, the party that for over a decade has bungled Ontario's electricity policy, resulting in the fastest growing rates in North America, is petitioning itself against the high rates for which they are responsible.

It's Time to End Canada's Pipeline Circus

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

I have come to the conclusion that this decision is too important to leave in the hands of short-sighted federal, provincial and municipal politicians. Nor do I want to leave it to the oil industry or other lobbyist or environmental groups to decide. I want the ultimate decision to be made by the people of Canada, all the people, every single one.

Tory And NDP Leadership Races Are Officially Ticking Time Bombs

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As with most leadership races (regardless of political party) the voting public will be treated to leadership candidates turning on each other like dogs fighting for a bone. While the nastiness and name calling might end in May 2017, the divisions and animosities created will linger on until well after the 2019 election.

From Liechtenstein To Panama: The Era Of The Leak

Guy Caron | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada
Guy Caron

Last April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed the "Panama Papers" scandal, a database of 11.5 million documents leake...

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

Tax Agreements: From Double Taxation To Double Evasion

Guy Caron | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

The issue of tax havens is inherently international in scope. As a result, the government can use tax agreements to fight tax avoidance schemes. Unfortunately, tax agreements haven't been used for that purpose. On the contrary, they have facilitated the outflow of Canadian money to offshore financial centres, and have done very little to break the damaging secrecy laws of these countries.

Post-Harper, The Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Jerry Dias | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

With Harper gone, you would think the Conservatives could return to providing a reasonable alternative for voters. If you thought that, you'd be wrong. We could go on all day about how Harper's tax cuts for corporations and the rich gutted the social programs and economic development that the rest of us depend on, or how his poorly negotiated trade deals put more power in the hand of corporations at the expense of jobs and a stable future for working Canadians, but the real point here is that these sorts of comments show just how out of touch the Conservative Party has become.

Electoral Reform Could Come At The Cost Of Our National Unity

Erin O'Toole | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Will Canada's Parliament see more regional or secessionist parties under proportional representation? Will we see more single-issue parties based on social or cultural issues? Will a move to PR virtually guarantee that the Bloc Québécois never fades away like single-issue parties of the past? Under a PR electoral system the answer is "likely yes" to all of these questions.

Open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Part 2

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

Hi Premier Wynne, I'm worried. I asked you to keep me informed about the $1.9 billion you are extracting out of the Ontario economy in new carbon ta...

Tax Evasion Will Persist Until Parliament Hill Steps Up

Guy Caron | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Liberal and Conservative members of the Finance Committee seem to have little appetite to pursue the matter any further and the committee will release its report this fall, and will move on to something else. As long as politicians will be timid and fearful of using their power, Canadians have little hope of seeing the issue of tax evasion or aggressive tax avoidance being addressed seriously by their politicians.

Secularism Shouldn't Exist In Opposition To A Religion

Abbas Kassam | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Alberta
Abbas Kassam

Last week, an Alberta Court upheld a ruling that found Webber Academy, a private high school, discriminated against two Muslim students by failing to provide a prayer space for them. Situations like that of Webber Academy beg the question about what is the nature of being non-denominational?

Food Waste Is A Disgrace Canadians Have The Power To Fix

Genevieve Zingg | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Impact
Genevieve Zingg

In May 2015, the French government did something incredible: the National Assembly unanimously passed a law forcing large supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities. That's how the #WhatAWaste campaign -- a grassroots effort to pressure Canada's political leaders to follow France's example -- was born.

Politicians Have No More Excuses For Perpetuating Tax Avoidance

Guy Caron | Posted 08.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

Nobody likes to pay taxes. However, the pill is easier to swallow when everyone pays their fair share. It's increasingly clear that in Canada -- and in most industrialized countries -- many are not. We have a two-tier system where the wealthy and the corporations can escape their obligations, and the rest of us can't.

Trudeau's Senate Reforms Could Do More Harm Than Good

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Aaron Wudrick

New "independent" Senators could be emboldened to test out their new levels of "independence" -- particularly in the form of pushing back even harder on legislation passed by the House. Indeed, some people may even hope that happens. And if it does, it will be undermining the will of the House -- and by extension, Canadians.

Liberals Don't Have A Backup Plan For Economy: Tories

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics

The economy lost more than 31,000 jobs in July.

The Liberals Are Mistaken About Electoral Reform In Canada

Erin O'Toole | Posted 08.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

After watching this issue unfold in Ottawa, I firmly believe that this exercise is motivated by calculated political advantage to the Liberals dressed up as democratic reform. I wish I didn't have to be so cynical in my assessment, but this exercise is premised upon fixing a problem that doesn't exist. Rather than improve our system, this exercise plays on inherent frustrations with politics and could ultimately be detrimental to our parliamentary democracy and even national unity.

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.