Canadian Politics

Obama Cools the Planet, But Puts Heat on Ottawa

Joe Gunn | Posted 08.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Canada, which has pulled out of the Kyoto Accord and has refused in 2013 to ante up the $400-million contribution to the UN's Green Fund (which we had provided to underdeveloped countries in each of the previous three years) appears to be increasingly offside with the global effort.

B.C. Addicts Allowed To Keep Using Prescription Heroin

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A group of addicts in Vancouver who were part of a clinical trial examining the use of prescription heroin have won a temporary injunction...

B.C. Group Taking Right To Die Fight To Supreme Court

CP | Steven Chua, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A B.C. civil liberties group has filed their written argument against an appeal court decision upholding the country's ban on assisted sui...

Targeting Mulcair?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Last week the Conservatives had great fun targeting NDP leader Thomas Mulcair for the way his party used House of Commons dollars to pay staff in a regional Montreal office. Outside of the joy politicians and their staff get out of beating up on another party's leader -- what was the point?

The Monarchy Debate Is Missing a Piece of the Puzzle

Johanu Botha | Posted 07.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

The question Canadians should ask as they continue to debate the monarchy in this country is: how to square the institutional benefits of a non-partisan Head of State with the monarchy's obvious democratic deficit?

What is the Point of These Supreme Court Attacks?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

For the last couple of weeks we have seen the Conservatives targeting the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice and you have to yourself why? What is the objective? What do they hope to achieve?

"Revenge Porn" Needs its Own Bill

Steph Guthrie | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Steph Guthrie

For the last year I've been speaking and writing at length about the issue Bill C-13 claims to tackle. While the bill's name in the press is the "Cyber-bullying Bill," the more specific problem addressed by components of Bill C-13 is known as "revenge porn," a term I hate for both its inaccuracy and sexualized sensationalism. After a year of arguing for legislation that criminalizes cyber-sexual assault, I cannot support the legislation as written. I cannot trade one set of civil rights for another. We should separate the components of Bill C-13 that deal directly with cyber-sexual assault from those that do not, and debate them as different pieces of legislation.

The Truth About the 2011 Federal Election

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

It was not until the media began covering the story that the number of robocalls complaints exploded. A whopping 3597 articles were written in 2012 about the "robocalls" affair, leading to Elections Canada receiving over 40,000 "complaints." But those "complaints" didn't come from electors reporting that they had received a call.

The Senate Reference Decision Reeks of Legal Elitism

Mark Friedman | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Friedman

What if all Senators, save for the 20 needed to make quorum, simply resigned en masse tomorrow? In the beginning of his mandate, Harper refused to appoint non-elected Senators to the Upper Chamber. He ended up doing so because the dwindling numbers compromised the Senate's functionality. This time around, the Prime Minister may very well stop appointing Senators for good.

'Fair' Elections Act Changes Don't Go Far Enough

Duff Conacher | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

The federal Conservatives are finally backing off on some of the measures in their proposed so-called "Fair Elections Act" (Bill C-23). Minister for Democratic Reform Poilievre is trying to claim he has listened with an open mind, but this is yet another misleading spin statement from him about the bill. The truth is much more that playing games with democratic voting issues was hurting the Conservatives with their soft supporters, and with swing voters, and they realized they would only recover by compromising.

Canada's Future Lies in Small Politics

Cole Hogan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

Canadians' politics are local, not national. The lack of confidence in governments to take on the country's big issues means Canadians trust their governments with smaller, achievable goals. Affordable, doable policy solutions trump vague, grand promises, programs, or visions.

It's Your Earth. Defend It From the Impacts of Extreme Energy

Cameron Fenton | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Impact
Cameron Fenton

Climate change is an environmental crisis like nothing we've ever faced because it transcends environmentalism -- it is not a fight against pollution, but a fight against polluters. It is a struggle to change the economic and political systems that uphold business as usual. The climate movement needs more out of each us -- we can't simply click, sign or wish this problem away.

Canada Should Be a Social Responsibility Leader

Paul Dewar | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

One year ago this week, a girl named Tahmina went to work. That morning, the Rana Plaza factory where Tahmina worked collapsed. She survived, but her supervisor and over 1,100 other workers were killed in one of the worst industrial disasters in history. We all want to know what we can do -- individually and collectively -- to prevent a future tragedy.

The Public's Fair Election Fatigue Is the Left Wing's Doing

J.J. McCullough | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpgNo one should be surprised that the conspiratorial claims of the Fair Elections Act aren't really sticking. There's only so many times you can evoke the spectre of looming right-wing tyranny before folks start to tune out.

Why I've Decided to Run For Mayor of Toronto

Mike Gallay | Posted 06.21.2014 | Canada Politics
Mike Gallay

My mottled and confusing clump of skills, best set in service of those around me and my community, are crying out for me to contend. My capacity for leadership, diplomacy and frankness have the potential for good effect in my city, which I hold so dear. Then that is it, dear reader. It is settled. I will run for Mayor of Toronto.

Fair Elections Act Amendments Miss the Mark

Travis Gordon | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Travis Gordon

Tuesday's amendments proposed by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs do remarkably little to change the spirit of the Fair Elections Act. The Act is and continues to be an affront to the democratic rights of Canadians.

Canada's Foreign Worker Program Has a Trust Problem

Mary Donohue | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Business
Mary Donohue

Employers are not "hooked" on temporary foreign workers because they provide critical skills on an emergency basis (as the program was intended) but because they work hard (and presumably for cheap). So who's to blame? It's time for management to look in the mirror. For the last 50 years organizations have invested in just about anything except their employees, who are increasingly treated as replaceable widgets. The federal government is also complicit. Why should employers bother to train, motivate and engage their workers when they can simply replace them with foreign "temporary" workers?

Why the NDP Won't Save Quebec

Mathieu Murphy-Perron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Mathieu Murphy-Perron

The only scenario in which the NDP may be organised and stable enough to enter the Québec fray would be if it were to win consecutive mega majorities federally. That would bring us to 2023. This is neither a sustainable nor a realistic political alternative.

B.C. Politicians React To Flaherty's Death

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Sorrow is being expressed across British Columbia over the sudden death of Canada's former finance minister Jim Flaherty, who has died at ...

A Simple Proposal To Create A Powerful Senate For Canada

Alex Sangha | Posted 06.07.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Canada needs a Triple E "equal, elected, and effective" Senate similar to the American Senate. No one can argue that the American Senate is not a powerful and effective political body that balances the interests of small and large states.

The Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.

Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

Terrance Oakey | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Business
Terrance Oakey

Policies that restrict competition ultimately act to the detriment of Canadian firms and their workers. Free trade agreements like CETA open new markets for Canadian companies, but also force them to compete against foreign entities at home. It is that competition that spurs innovation and productivity.

Fair Elections Are a Matter of Morality

Joe Gunn | Posted 05.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Joe Gunn

Free and fair votes are the basis of any truly democratic system, something people of faith have a long history of promoting. Yet Christians in Canada have been relatively silent on some of the details. If our approach to politics is rooted in love of neighbour, we will recognize that these issues have moral implications and are worthy of periodic review and revision.

An Open Nomination Doesn't Mean Liberals Reward Bad Behaviour

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 05.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

There seems to be some confusion as to the difference between open nominations and the commitment in the Liberal Party for open and fair nominations. In 2009, when we presented the "Change Commission" report to the Liberal Party of Canada, we really wanted to call it "Stop Rewarding Bad Behaviour." From coast to coast to coast we had heard stories of 'bad behaviour' in nomination and leadership races that were seriously turning people off the political process.

B.C. Has Canada's 1st Seniors Care Advocate

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia has appointed Canada's first seniors' advocate, but the Opposition New Democrats maintain the government missed the opport...