Canadian Politics

Andrew Scheer's Surprise Win Was All About Balance

Garnett Genuis | Posted 05.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Scheer's win and the way he won show that all different kinds of Conservatives can and do have a place in our party under his leadership. The balance Scheer has struck on these issues - emphasizing individual freedom, freedom of speech and free votes for members of Parliament - is the right thing for our party and for our country.

If America Can Vote For Obama, Canada Can Vote For Singh

Pouyan Tabasinejad | Posted 05.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Pouyan Tabasinejad

We as Canadians love to talk about how pluralistic we are, how accepting we are, and how much more progressive we are than our neighbour to the south. However, the reality is often different. From the so-called "Barbaric Cultural Practices Act" to the needless controversy over the Niqab, Canadians have shown that we are not immune from the xenophobia and racism that is plaguing much of the Western world.

Could The Age Of Independent Canadian Politics Be Upon Us?

James Di Fiore | Posted 05.23.2017 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

The very concept of public service becomes swallowed inside a mentality that only serves the internal interests of the Liberals, or the Conservatives, or the NDP. It doesn't have to be this way. The time may be upon us for an insurgence of independent candidates to stake their claim inside the political arena.

New Brunswick's Curse Of Economic Malaise

Brian McLaughlin | Posted 05.18.2017 | Canada Business
Brian McLaughlin

New Brunswick, ranked in 2014 by the Conference Board of Canada as one of the worst provincial (GDP) performing economies in the world, can not seem to shake off decade-after-decade of economic mismanagement.

If Canada Really Believes In Equality, Bill C-16 Must Pass

Sandeep Prasad | Posted 05.17.2017 | Canada Politics
Sandeep Prasad

Our government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people. Laws that seek to enshrine those rights and protect us from discrimination should be considered without hesitation. If enacted into law, Bill C-16 will protect some of the most marginalized people in Canada and so, it is with all our might that we need to support its passing.

It's Time To Talk Tax Fairness For Canada's Working Poor

Charlie Angus | Posted 05.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Charlie Angus

One thing I have learned from my cross-Canada tour is that once you get outside of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Ottawa, it ain't sunny ways. More and more Canadians are feeling that the system is rigged against them. And one of the most disturbing economic indicators is the rising number of working poor.

Tory Leadership Race Is Fracturing The Chinese-Canadian Community

Karen Lin | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Lin

Some of the organizing tactics that Conservative supporters are using to target ethnic communities are particularly problematic. To many people's surprise, a candidate with the name Brad Trost has become hugely popular in the Chinese community, especially with the Chinese evangelicals.

I'm Ready To Confront My Blinding Partisanship To Leafs Nation

Olivia Robinson | Posted 05.03.2017 | Canada Living
Olivia Robinson

Arenas (ice-hockey or political) are the epicentres for unapologetic tributes. Accolades from the glory days are are embellished and exalted in a pursuit to replicate that power. As supporters, we are blind to the controversial changes implemented by the organization at hand, and refuse to acknowledge criticism from outside the bubble (myself included).

What We Can Learn From The Turkish Referendum About Immigration

Garnett Genuis | Posted 04.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

The results of the recent Turkish referendum reveal a lot about the success of different countries' immigration and integration policies. In this referendum, Turkish expats abroad were eligible to vote. Strikingly, the results were completely opposite to that reasonable expectation.

Canada's Flawed Refugee System Gives New Arrivals A Half Welcome

Joe Gunn | Posted 04.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

In the autumn of 2015, folks at my church got very excited about the opportunity to sponsor refugee families from Syria. Plans were made, funds raised, paperwork submitted - and at one point, an apartment was rented. And then, we waited... and waited. Finally, a Syrian family arrived that our parish could sponsor - in March 2017.

It's Time For Free Birth Control

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Despite those who may object to free birth control, there are many reasons why prescription birth control should be free. Making birth control free saves Canada billions in health care costs. It benefits those who take it, is effective in reducing unintended pregnancies and abortions, and increases equal access to sexual health products.

Social Housing Boost In 2017 Budget Means Better Buildings For All Canadians

Karen Tam Wu | Posted 03.31.2017 | Canada Politics
Karen Tam Wu

With the new federal budget, Canada's government is sending a strong signal that it intends to follow through on its commitment to curb carbon pollution from our homes and buildings. By focusing on social housing, the budget also signals a resolve to ensure energy efficiency will benefit all Canadians.

Why Canada Cannot Give In To Isolationism

Aaron Binder | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

We are entering a new era of identity politics -- the increasingly common practice of political campaigns throwing actual policy to the wind and instead playing directly to our emotions -- this method is defined by selfies, sunny-ways, hope and change, fear and division and class anger turned into blind rage.

Anti-Islamophobia Motion Shows World What Canadians Stand For

Richad Hirani | Posted 03.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Richad Hirani

Canada has sent a powerful message that reverberates across all factions: Canada stands with Muslims. This is what M-103 accomplishes. And this is the kind of religious tolerance and inclusiveness that make Canada a model for diversity around the world.

What You Didn't Know About M-103

Erin O'Toole | Posted 03.24.2017 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Motion 103 did not come from a genuine desire to have a serious debate on discrimination in the House of Commons. The origin of Motion 103 is found in the e-Petition on which it is based. This seems to have been missed by many observers who think this motion was brought after the terrible attack on the mosque in Quebec.

Is Canada's Multicultural Identity Only Skin-Deep?

Osman Shah | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Osman Shah

Can we say we are a multicultural society if we're unable to fundamentally accept its most basic concept: tolerance of other cultures and religions? Why is there a discrepancy between the support many Canadians show to multiculturalism -- and who often feverishly argue is the basis of Canadian identity -- and combating Islamophobia? If we're (arguably) a multicultural society then why are we also not an anti-Islamophobia society?

I See A Chance To Fight Bigotry. Liberals See A Political Play

Garnett Genuis | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.

Everyday Acts Of Sexual Violence Are Far Too Common In Politics

Emerald Bensadoun | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Emerald Bensadoun

In a country that prides itself in its gender-equal cabinet, the question of whether or not Parliament Hill is a safe space for women is rarely discussed. From hateful and misogynistic comments to sexual assault, women in Canadian politics continue to be targets of violence at various stages of their careers.

An Argument For Bi-Partisanship, Healthy Debate And Empathy

Olivia Lovenmark | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada
Olivia Lovenmark

The world is becoming more partisan, and we can understand why this is happening when you look at the consistency of global events that encourage impa...

My Eating Disorder Recovery Wasn't A Picture-Perfect Success Story

Olivia Robinson | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Olivia Robinson

We speak in platitudes about the "road to recovery" with eating disorders, like there's an easily-replicable strategy, like winning a board game. My recovery was a hellish game of snakes and ladders: I'd make progress and then have a setback and slide back to start.

Canada Needs The Political Will Required To Tackle Hate

Samer Majzoub | Posted 03.06.2017 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Day after day and incident after incident, it has become a necessity that all systematic, racial and religious discrimination, including Islamophobia, must be studied thoroughly to come up with policies that will cure these social diseases once and for all.

If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should We?

Howard Anglin | Posted 02.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

When Rebel Media sent out emails claiming that "Canada is on the verge of passing a law that would prohibit criticizing Islam" and that "If this motion passes, Canadians can be persecuted for expressing any criticism of Islam, even when warranted," I pointed out that M-103 is a motion, not a law, and that it will not change a single comma of existing speech legislation. Apparently, Prime Minister Trudeau disagrees.

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Kokulan Mahendiran

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.

O'Leary Attracts Zingers In 1st Conservative Leadership Debate

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2017 | Canada Politics

Quite the welcome.

Elevate Conservative Leadership Candidates Who Reject Populist Rhetoric

Aaron Binder | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Aaron Binder

Radical populism has shown its ugly face during this leadership race, and that face is the dual-headed hydra of Kellie Leitch and Kevin O'Leary. The concern is that if radical populism in the Conservative Party is left unchecked, it threatens to overtake meaningful and nuanced candidates like Bernier and Chong.