Canadian Politics

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."

The NDP Is Heading To Edmonton Looking For A Way Out

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

This weekend, the NDP is meeting in Edmonton to decide their direction moving forward. Eugene Levy once complained about filming a season of SCTV in Edmonton because "It's Edmonton." While I'm sure it's a great city, this is a party who is dreading at the Big E. The election of the past year saw an early lead blown, notable key members of the party lose their seats in the House of Commons, and a third place finish for Tom Mulcair's rookie federal election run. As the NDP head to the Gateway to the North, it's time to begin paving the highway towards the future.

Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 04.06.2016 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

By making it easier to navigate the tax rules and meet their obligations, Canadians will spend less time and less of their money on preparing their taxes, leaving more in their pockets. For Canadian businesses, productivity could improve as they spend less time, effort and capital dealing with tax compliance and red tape.

5 Easy Fixes To Political Fundraising Rules

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Improving political fundraising regulations in Ontario, British Columbia and other provinces with outdated or overly opaque regulations doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming. Here are five easy fixes that would have immediate benefits.

Ghomeshi And The Legacy Of Rape Mythology

Michael Plaxton | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Living
Michael Plaxton

No one will ever know whether Ghomeshi would have been convicted had his accusers been more honest and candid. All we can say is that the Crown's case would have been far stronger. Knowing that they will be judged in light of such "rape myths," it may seem sensible -- even obvious -- to a great many complainants that certain pieces of information should be managed so that they conform to the stereotype.

Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.

Parliament, There Is No Life Like It

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With Easter weekend behind us, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working back-bench Members of Parliament and ministers and of course the prime minister too. Then again "hard-working" might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives.

The federal budget is overflowing with risk

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

On federal budget day, those of us that work in the financial service industry are busy. We tear into the budget document looking for major changes in...

Will B.C. Premier Christy Clark Avoid 'Climate Laggard' Status?

Stephen Hui | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

Whenever Premier Christy Clark is asked about her climate change plans, she touts the success of the policies put in place by her predecessor Gordon Campbell in 2008. However, Clark won't be able to ride on Campbell's "climate leader" coattails for much longer.

America's Two-Party System Is Strange

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The "big tent" factor of both American parties and the constraints of the "winner-take-all" presidency makes for some particularly strange bedfellows. But is the two-party system under attack this election cycle? It certainly seems so -- and it could well be to Secretary Hillary Clinton's advantage.

3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2016 | Canada Politics

But New York was more than foreign policy pitches and pictures. And the Senate new appointments — especially to the economic advisory body — are worth watching closely for the advice they give.

3 Ways Federal Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2016 | Canada Politics

The noise around the Washington visit may have drowned out or at least muffled some of the other developments on Parliament Hill.

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

We decided early on that, while we would of course ensure we had messaging towards youth across the country, and support young campaigners in constituencies nationwide, our focus had to be tailored to where we could be most effective. We decided to focus our efforts organizing constituencies with campuses.

An Open Letter from Kevin O'Leary to Rachel Notley

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 03.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

Hi Premier Notley, How's it going? I don't think this is an unreasonable question given the situation we all find ourselves in Canada today. Firs...

Ontario's Hocus Pocus Budget

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 03.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

There's nothing magical about the ninth consecutive deficit, or the $296 billion in debt the province will have as of March 31. Nor in the nearly one billion per month in interest payments our government has us paying. But Wynne and Sousa's commitment that the budget will be balanced next year requires faith in the supernatural.

A Letter to Kathleen Wynne from Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

To: Kathleen Wynne From: Kevin O'Leary Re: New Cap and Trade Slush Fund Hi Premier, just saw you are setting up a new $1.9 billion cap and trade fu...

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Why Saskatchewan Needs To Reject Paid Plasma Donations

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 02.18.2016 | Canada Business
Dr Ryan Meili

A start-up company is looking to establish a new business model in Saskatchewan. In worsening economic times, that might seem like great news. But if their business model is one that takes advantage of people's poverty and may undermine voluntary blood donations, then the prospect is far less appealing. If Canada did need to collect more blood, opening for-profit clinics is not the way to do it.