Canadian Politics

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.

Bring The House Back Early And Give Canada Answers

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

How many times did we hear the media complain that the Conservatives used talk points all the time, often reading them from prepared scripts? We are now starting to see the Liberals doing the same thing. When asked about the need to get our downward spiraling economy moving, Trudeau's stock answer was, "We are going to do this right. We are going to do this responsibly." The only thing lacking was a piece of paper while he read the answer. For the party that promised to do things differently, it is much of the same. We haven't seen anything concrete to address the sinking dollar or get the economy moving.

Looking Ahead At The Conservatives In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

The Conservatives Party of Canada begins 2016 in a very different place from where they have been for the last 10 years. Defeats are never fun, but they offer the Conservatives a chance to rejuvenate, rebuild and rededicate themselves to promoting Canadian Conservative values.

The Road Ahead For The NDP In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.07.2016 | Canada
Keith Beardsley

This will prove an interesting year for the NDP as they transition from Official Opposition status to third party status. They will be functioning with fewer MPs, fewer staff, and fewer resources. But the most pressing question is: How does Mulcair keep his job?

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

Criticism of Religion Should Not Lead To Discrimination

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2015 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

Most Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. Yet, after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, we have seen a marked spike in hate crimes against Muslims. Less extreme, but likely more pervasive than overt attacks are new stereotypes that view all religious people as inherently backward, less tolerant, less informed, or closed-minded. This is a different form of prejudice that appears to be socially acceptable in our more secular society, and among many otherwise "progressive" or "liberal" individuals.

Canada's Environment Minister Says Deal Will be Reached in Paris

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"We've turned the page."

Jamie Oliver's Fat Tax Would Only Benefit The Bureaucrats

Kevin Lacey | Posted 11.30.2015 | Canada Living
Kevin Lacey

Oliver, a British national, took to the CBC radio program The Q to say that both the UK and Canada need a national tax on sugary beverages. He says kids, particularly those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, are growing up living a far too unhealthy lifestyle. Would a tax change that behaviour?

Canada's Muslim Community Must Act Now To End Islamophobia

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

A window of opportunity has opened where several provincial governments and Ottawa are enlightened and willing to partner to deal with problems. Eleven Muslim MPs were elected to Ottawa alone in 2015, and one is a cabinet minister. If the stars are aligned, what then are the key challenges that the community should take on?

5 Reasons Why Canada Shouldn't Fear Accepting Syrian Refugees

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

I acknowledge that good, well-meaning people who genuinely care about Syrian refugees can have perfectly valid concerns about the security risk of bringing in tens of thousands of people from a war zone. It is as large an undertaking as it sounds. So, in light of Canadian political leaders playing on Canadians' concerns to spread fear and disinformation, I decided to research how Canada screens, accepts and settles Syrian refugees. It is my hope we can dispel fear and confusion with facts, reason and compassion.

A G20 Leader Who Walks The Talk

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.16.2015 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

As soon as Trudeau walks in, everyone, and I mean everyone including CEOs, politicians and senior level bureaucrats from around the world move in his direction. They want to shake the hand of, and take a selfie with, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2015 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Why Trudeau Should Commit To Passing This Victims' Rights Bill

Victor Choi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Just as the Conservative government committed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit to passing the Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act as soon as Parliament resumes. There is no reason not to do so. Equality before the law is good, common-sense policy, and supporting our troops is always the right thing to do morally and politically.

A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

Lauren Messervey | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

To some people, this may not be particularly mind-boggling. Women have moved up a lot in the world in terms of social, economic, and political influence. It wasn't so long ago that women were expected to adhere to the barefoot and pregnant "laws" that were governed by the patriarchal political climate. But here we are, 2015, and cheering wildly because we have more women in government. Apologies for raining on the parade, but I have to question this. In a truly gender equal society, we would all look at this cabinet and say, "Huh."

Grassroots Strategy Isn't Just Feel-Good Politics, It Wins Elections

Jordan Ray | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Ray

The Liberal Party of Canada changed the way that it chose its leader by introducing the free, "supporter" category for new members. The move was viewed by some as dangerous. What the party faithful may not have realized was that the Liberals were kicking off a grassroots strategy that would strengthen the party.

A Tale Of Two Canadian Leaders

Evan C. Schulte | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Evan C. Schulte

After the polls had long been decided, election night between Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau played out like some kind of modern day lore -- an exceptionally crafted story of hero and villain, rising and falling with each playing their part flawlessly.

The Gender Debate On Merit Is Old And Boring

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Early in my career, employment equity took hold. It caused much bitter complaining that such human resource department meddling had no place in the meritocracy we called our workplace. The latest resurrection of these arguments is fuelled by Justin Trudeau's promise to have equal gender representation in Cabinet.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.