Canadian Politics

What Each Party Leader's Communication Style Says About Them

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Evan Thompson

We are in the midst of the most closely contested (and lengthy) political campaign our country has seen in decades. The question every voter asks about any politician is: "Are they for real?" Many judge solely on each communication style and how they appear physically versus their beliefs on complex issues or even track record.

5 Questions for Federal Leaders on the Economy

Federation of Canadian Municipalities | Posted 09.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Federation of Canadian Municipalities

The economy is not an abstract concept to be debated like some complex math equation. It is the day to day moments of our life that tell us whether it is safe to dream of something better for ourselves and for our children. The truth is this: on Thursday night, if a party leader does not spell out a serious plan to work with cities and municipalities, then don't be fooled. They don't have a serious plan for jobs and the economy. With that it mind, here are five questions federal political leaders need to answer in Thursday night's debate.

Why Wynne Weighing in on Election May Be a Win for Liberals After All

Peter Landry | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There has been some controversy about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne warring with Stephen Harper in the battle for federal votes in Ontario -- The other parties' partisans have argued that it is unseemly for a premier to partake this way in a federal election. They doth protest too much, methinks.

Strong Voter Registration Campaigns Scare Stephen Harper

Nick Fillmore | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Nick Fillmore

The primary objective of Stephen Harper's absurdly-named Fair Elections Act is to prevent hundreds of thousands of Canadians from voting for the NDP, Liberals, Greens, etc. They know that a large number of people -- students, marginalized people and First Nations -- will have a hard time voting. There needs to be close co-operation among groups to make sure that as many people as possible -- particularly people in some 70 ridings where the Conservatives are vulnerable -- have the identification they need to vote.

Canadians Want to Believe a Different Way Is Possible

Deborah Coyne | Posted 09.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

When we no longer have confidence in collective action, why would we even bother to ask something of our anemic government? By not taking firm steps to deal with the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis from the beginning, we have allowed a ticking time bomb of humanity to destabilize the Middle East and give comfort to vocal xenophobic factions in Europe.

A Letter of Gratitude to Stephen Harper From Two Doctors

Dr. Hasan Sheikh | Posted 09.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Hasan Sheikh

A year ago we had written to Minister Chris Alexander to apologize for treating a refugee patient. We spoke about how cuts to refugee health care had made seeing a doctor virtually impossible for many new refugees. Were you, Mr. Prime Minister, desperately trying to get the Minister to review the file as well?

Harper's Recession Proves Canada Needs a New Approach to the Economy

Jordan Brennan | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Brennan

With the economy contracting, oil prices sliding and the prospect of a balanced budget looking increasingly unlikely, Conservatives feared damage to their vaunted reputation as competent economic managers. As it turned out, Statistics Canada data confirmed that Canada's economy slipped into official recession in the first half of 2015 -- the damage was done.

Canada's First Digital Election Will Change How Campaigns Court Votes

Lindsay Finneran Gingras | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Lindsay Finneran Gingras

Has a hashtag ever influenced a vote? Probably not. Did a Twitter meme ever sway a key voting demographic? We will have to ask #bathrobeguy, but I'll wager no. But when we talk about digital, we're talking about strategy far beyond these primitive social tactics. We're talking about a suite of tools that reinforce, strengthen and improve traditional and key campaign functions.

8 Reasons to Keep Politics Out of Business

Evan Thompson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Three widely acknowledged conversational no-fly zones at business or social gatherings are religion, politics and sex. To venture into any of these potentially volatile spaces is to risk triggering a difference in opinion or, worse, an argument with those you are attempting to build a new business relationship with.

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

Jonathan Scott | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The Liberal platform is a grab bag of fine, progressive ideas. I like it. The deficit financing pledge, designed to stimulate a sluggish (if not recessionary) economy, is smart fiscal policy. But Justin Trudeau's attempts to make income inequality the cause célèbre have seemingly fallen flat, perhaps for the simple reason that Canada isn't the United States: we don't have what Bernie Sanders calls "the billionaire class," or at least we don't have as obvious and obnoxious a class. And, to put it mildly, Chyrstia Freeland is no Elizabeth Warren. But it's the lack of any clear policy from any party on healthcare that truly perplexes me. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?

Yes, Women's Equality Is Still a Political Issue

Oxfam Canada | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

When we ask our political leaders to talk about issues affecting women what we're asking for is a conversation about the unseen and largely unacknowledged inequalities that affect girls and women throughout their lives. I have a daughter. Like every Canadian woman, she's growing up in a country where to be female is to be overrepresented in poorly paid part-time work; under-represented at every level of authority and power; and so devalued as a worker that virtually any sector that attracts a female workforce pays less than sectors dominated by males.

Harper Could Learn a Thing or Two From Interning

Peter Landry | Posted 08.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The worse thing that interns -- and any other employees -- can do is to try and cover up the situation. For high achieving kids, admitting a significant mistake can be hard. We like their desire to be liked and their positive self esteem. But sometimes humility and confession go a long way. Which brings me to Stephen Harper and the Mike Duffy affair. Somehow in the political world, leaders and their staffs have come to believe that voters expect perfection. Any admission to the contrary is not tolerated. The result is the cover up.

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper

Sarah Miller | Posted 09.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Sarah Miller

This is a rather short list of the shortfalls of Harper and the disgrace he brings to our country and I urge everyone to fully research candidates and get out and VOTE. I think the newest campaign launched by our veterans says it best when they say ABC: Anyone but Conservative

Trudeau Tries To Keep Senate Expense Scandal In The Public Eye

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.16.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau kept the issue of how the Prime Minister's Office handled Sen. Mike Duffy's expenses scandal in the public...

Why We're Going Beyond The Ballot

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

This campaign season, HuffPost Canada will be going past the sales pitch, away from the attacks and beyond the ballot.

Want a Healthy Society? Take Care of the Children

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 08.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Dr Ryan Meili

Beloved Canadian children's singer Raffi is touring Canada with a new album after having taken time away to focus on and develop the Centre for Child Honouring. While he was in Saskatoon, we sat down to discuss music and the making of a healthy society.

The Law Society of Upper Canada Is Attacking Charter Freedoms

John Carpay | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics
John Carpay

The Law Society of Upper Canada -- now with the Court's approval -- won't recognize TWU's law degree solely because the person who earned that degree decided, while studying law, to join others in a religious community where people share a personal commitment to traditional marriage. Lawyers have the freedom to advocate for, and practice, their moral beliefs about sexuality. This reflects a basic respect for fundamental Charter freedoms. So why should it be any different for those seeking to enter the legal profession?

Why I'm Running for the Green Party of Canada

Deborah Coyne | Posted 08.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The Green Party offers Canadians a clear choice and fresh vision to get us working together again for One Canada for all Canadians. But all progressive voters must work together to take back Canada, a Canada that earns the admiration of the world for our innovation and competitive spirit.

Where Does Your Candidate Stand on GMO Labelling?

Rachel Parent | Posted 08.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

Attend an all candidate's meeting in your area, and ask what his or her stance is on GMOs. If enough people ask, they'll know that this is important to Canadians, and that their chances of getting elected will depend on where they stand on this issue! Together, we can make GMO labelling an election issue.

The Conservatives Have Steered Canada Into a Preventable Recession

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.21.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

How far has Canada's economic star fallen? Only recently Prime Minister Stephen Harper boasted that Canada's economy was "the envy of the entire world." That claim was always overstated. Now it is downright ludicrous. We must look to government for a more effective response to the recession. Unfortunately, however, that looks like another policy dead-end. Because so far the response of federal Conservatives has been as ineffectual as it is predictable: deny, point fingers, and spread fear.

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

Daniel Dickin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is already taking measurements for new drapes in the Prime Minister's Office, but he might have a more pressing matter to deal with: whether he should even be allowed to contest this fall's election.

To Become Engaged Citizens We Must Exercise Our Right to Vote

Reeha Korpal | Posted 07.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Reeha Korpal

Living in western societies we often take our right to vote for granted. Low voter turnout can be seen across the board from municipal elections, provincial ones, and even the federal elections -- in fairness it tends to get better the higher the level of government -- and it is for lack of a better word: depressing.

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau.

This Election, Let's Talk About the Public Good

Sol Chrom | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Sol Chrom

It's been a while, but I've been thinking about the importance of civility as we ramp up for a fall election. I know, I know -- it's a bourgeois notion, shot through with elements of class and privilege and advantages not everyone has, but at its heart, isn't it really about treating each other with simple decency?

Trinity Western Grasps at Hypocritical Half-Truths

Douglas Judson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Douglas Judson

John Carpay's condemnation of the Ontario Superior Court alleges that 'half-truths' have been relied on to scuttle Trinity Western University's quest to establish a law school. Ironically, Mr. Carpay's own analysis is built upon factual and legal mischaracterizations. These are designed to stoke suspicions of a nonexistent anti-Christian bias among legal institutions and to undermine the crucial public policy considerations invoked by the Law Society of Upper Canada in denying TWU's accreditation. The dispute surrounding TWU is about the public interest obligations of law societies to promote equal access to the profession, not about meddling with university policies or religious doctrines.