Canadian Politics

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Canada's Outdated Income Tax Act Begs A Top-To-Bottom Review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Improving political fundraising regulations in Ontario, British Columbia and other provinces with outdated or overly opaque regulations doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming.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.

Trudeau's Spending Priorities Send Too Many Tax Dollars Overseas

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

$4.3 billion spent outside of the country will buy you a lot of thanks from some organizations such as the UN or from climate change conferences. That type of spending will also earn you a lot of selfies to up your political profile. But in the end it is our taxpayers footing the bill.

Canada Needs A Bottom-Up, Market-Driven Climate Change Plan

Sean Speer | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

A pro-innovation agenda with respect to climate change is composed of the same basic policies for other sectors, including competitive taxation, strong intellectual property protection and a sensible regulatory regime, investments in human capital, and high-quality infrastructure.

Dispelling Some Myths And Misconceptions About Energy East

Blair King | Posted 02.04.2016 | Canada Business
Blair King

My blog post last week (I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist) made quite a splash resulting in me receiving a lot of both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the negative feedback consisted of unsupported and/or unsupportable "facts" about the proposal.

B.C. Must Take Action Now To Remain A Climate Leader

Stephen Hui | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

Although B.C.'s emissions initially fell under the Climate Action Plan, they have been creeping up in the past few years and are projected to continue rising without stronger climate policies. It's now clear the province is on track to miss its legislated targets for reducing carbon pollution.

Reforming Bill C-51 Can't Wait Another Year

Laura Tribe | Posted 01.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Laura Tribe

It's been one year. Saturday marked exactly 365 days since the former Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, with its controversial spy powers that experts warn are shredding our basic constitutional rights. So, where do things stand now? After intense debate, C-51 was pushed through Parliament and is now law, but its many opponents are making progress. Over the past few weeks, we have seen positive signs from the new federal government, as it has finally promised to meet calls for public consultation from Canadians, civil society and experts.

The Day Canada's Parliament Went Up In Flames

Robert Waite | Posted 01.29.2016 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

Should you happen to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature in the days ahead, look for a small plaque that reminds visitors that the museum doors were, for four years beginning 100 years ago, the entry way to a productive and effective Parliament.

Journalism Isn't Dying - It's Being Murdered

Dave Yin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Business
Dave Yin

No matter how quickly information can now travel, or how many people are able to share it, when the next terrorist attack is developing at home or abroad, or the next time a public figure's lies need exposing, or even when your own community or job is facing down corporate interests, it won't be a stranger with a Twitter account sticking out their necks for you.

Upstream Justice: A Look At The Social Causes Of Crime

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

An interview with Clive Weighill - Saskatoon Police Chief and President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police: Some politicians talk about getting tough on crime. I'm saying you don't just want to get tough on crime, you have to get tough on the issues of poverty, poor housing, disadvantage. People are products of their environment, and if we can't solve those social issues, we're not going to solve the big picture in the end. I firmly believe that we have to work on poverty.