Canadian Politics

The Election, As Told By A Canadian Studying Diplomacy In The U.S.

Nathan Cohen-Fournier | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Nathan Cohen-Fournier

As a Canadian studying international relations in the United States, I have followed the elections closely. I saw these elections as a symbol. A symbol of the world's polarization between equality and inclusion, versus protectionism and radicalization.

Canada Can Avoid Another Brexit -- If We're Careful

Kristen Pue | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Kristen Pue

On Wednesday we woke up to see one of the nastiest, most divisive US elections end in victory for a demagogue. Hate and fear won in America on November 9. But on that same day I was able to find hope in the unlikeliest of places: The Conservative leadership debate.

Trump's Rise Obligates Us To Question So-Called Canadian Values

Petra Molnar | Posted 11.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Petra Molnar

Kelly Leitch stated that Trump's victory sends an "exciting message" that is needed in Canada. This is the same candidate that continues to call for screening of immigrants for so-called Canadian values. But what are these values and which groups get to define them?

Responsible Citizenship Should Be A Mandatory Part Of Education

Erol Vekil | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Living
Erol Vekil

We need to cultivate generations of young adults who have been educated through an unbiased curriculum that has helped them understand how the world works today, and how it actually should when they take on their roles as global citizens.

Wynne: Breaking The Glass Ceiling 'Just Got A Little Bit Harder'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics

It would've be great for young women to see a female president, she said.

Supremacist Incidents Are The Greatest Extremist Threat Canada Faces

Abbas Kassam | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Abbas Kassam

What's true is violent extremism is a greater threat than terrorism in Canada today. Furthermore, it is supremacist-motivated attacks that make up the majority of violent extremist incidents as the TSAS report articulates. Not surprisingly, supremacist-motivated attacks are hardly ever the focus of media stories.

I Know Why Rural Americans Voted For Donald Trump

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 11.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Let's face it: Trump enjoyed huge support from American rural communities. Regardless of what Canadians from rural communities think of themselves, my experience tells me that they are not much different from their American counterparts. Same music, same wheels, same worldview.

Please, Save Our B.C. Salmon

Jeff Matthews | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Jeff Matthews

The war on wild salmon escalated during the Harper years as wild salmon were viewed as mere complications to environmental assessments of resource development projects. A year into the Trudeau Liberal government, it appears little has changed.

In Case You Missed It, Canada Passed An Anti-Islamophobia Motion

Thomas Woodley | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

However you interpret it, the Muslim-Canadian community is denied an opportunity for empathy and recognition. In effect, much of the value of such motions stems from the public's awareness of them. Without any exposure, such motions pass largely without effect.

Ottawa Must Ask Itself Two Basic Questions About Deficit Spending

Sean Speer | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

Finance Minister Bill Morneau will soon release the government's Fall Economic Statement and the expectation is for more stimulus spending and higher deficits. The surrounding debate in Ottawa has been mostly focused on "how" and "what" of deficit spending and insufficiently on "why" and "when."

Muslim Canadians Must Hold The Trudeau Government Accountable

Nadine Tahan | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

A year has gone since Trudeau first came into office, offering a welcome message of change throughout his campaign. Yet, although Trudeau has had some accomplishments in office so far, Muslim Canadians must remain skeptical of his government and must be prepared to hold him accountable on issues that directly or indirectly impact our community.

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."

Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job Application

Howard Anglin | Posted 10.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Howard Anglin

Tradition is the right word for the appointment in other ways. While most court watchers confidently predicted an aboriginal appointee, a woman, or both, Mr Trudeau confounded speculation by choosing an experienced, older white man. The traditional diversity markers of region and language won out over more recent preoccupations with race and sex.

Pipeline Critics Must Learn To Compromise Or Be Left Behind

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 10.13.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

We're being left behind by other countries and economies while we chase an elusive ideal under some imaginary rainbow. It's time for our leaders to stand up and draw a line in the sand and stop enabling these fanatics, lest they achieve their ultimate goal of completely shutting down our economic engine.

The Deterioration Of Democracy In East Asia Threatens Human Rights

Elliot M. Cho | Posted 10.06.2016 | Canada Politics
Elliot M. Cho

Once a bastion of democracy in East Asia, which was successfully restored after almost 40 years of authoritarian rule, South Korea has now become the deathbed for democracy. Since 2011, Freedom House has rated the freedom of the press in South Korea as only being "partly free."

Parliament Must Not Back Down From Fight Against Tax Evasion

Guy Caron | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

There is no doubt that fighting tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance will mean confronting very powerful interests who will push back with a large arsenal of resources, from public relations to lawsuits. We, as parliamentarians, cannot be intimidated.

Unifor Gets It On Pensions, Why Don't Our Public Sector Unions?

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 09.27.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron Wudrick

Take the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which recently reached a tentative agreement with Canada Post. Even though Canada Post faces a pension shortfall of $6.2 billion, all reports suggest that CUPW did not make any concessions on defined-benefit pensions.

When Will The Liberals Realize Perception Is Everything In Politics

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Politicians need to keep in mind that it is the small things that add up over time and it is the small things that get them booted out of office. It's the continual picking away by the opposition of the day and the media that eventually sours voters on a government. What was Trudeau thinking when he suggested to his top two staffers in their letter of employment that they could access this relocation program in its entirety?

Canada Has A Two-Tier Tax System And CRA Is Part Of The Problem

Guy Caron | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

In regards to tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) should be part of the solution. At the moment, it rather seems to be part of the problem. Over the last few years, we have seen that the CRA institutionalized various practices, eroding the trust that Canadians place in it.

Wynne Launches Petition Against... Herself?

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Without an ounce of self-awareness, the party that for over a decade has bungled Ontario's electricity policy, resulting in the fastest growing rates in North America, is petitioning itself against the high rates for which they are responsible.

It's Time to End Canada's Pipeline Circus

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 09.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

I have come to the conclusion that this decision is too important to leave in the hands of short-sighted federal, provincial and municipal politicians. Nor do I want to leave it to the oil industry or other lobbyist or environmental groups to decide. I want the ultimate decision to be made by the people of Canada, all the people, every single one.

Tory And NDP Leadership Races Are Officially Ticking Time Bombs

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As with most leadership races (regardless of political party) the voting public will be treated to leadership candidates turning on each other like dogs fighting for a bone. While the nastiness and name calling might end in May 2017, the divisions and animosities created will linger on until well after the 2019 election.

From Liechtenstein To Panama: The Era Of The Leak

Guy Caron | Posted 09.20.2016 | Canada
Guy Caron

Last April, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed the "Panama Papers" scandal, a database of 11.5 million documents leake...

Immigration Values Test Shows Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Arif Virani | Posted 09.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Arif Virani

The recent revelations that Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch has been consulting conservatives around the country about whether we need to screen newcomers to our country for "anti-Canadian values" prior to permitting them entry is both disappointing and, unfortunately, not surprising.

Tax Agreements: From Double Taxation To Double Evasion

Guy Caron | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Guy Caron

The issue of tax havens is inherently international in scope. As a result, the government can use tax agreements to fight tax avoidance schemes. Unfortunately, tax agreements haven't been used for that purpose. On the contrary, they have facilitated the outflow of Canadian money to offshore financial centres, and have done very little to break the damaging secrecy laws of these countries.