Canadian Politics

Northern Gateway Review Coming

CP | Dene Moore, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - A federal-review-panel report on the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will be released this week, following more than a year of hearings...

It's Time for Canada Post to Become a Private Business

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Wednesday, Canada Post confirmed what most of us already know: that door-to-door mail delivery is outdated, expensive, and unsustainable. In fact, I believe the federal government should have used the June 2011 strike to privatize the Crown Corporation, completely severing it from the federal government's books.

How Can 2014's Question Period Top This Year's? Let's Wait and See

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

2013 is almost done. Canadians and their political leaders will hopefully find the time to enjoy their families. Maybe they will return in a better frame of mind in the New Year, but then again do we really think that is possible?

B.C. ESL Will Continue: Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Citizenship and Immigration Canada says federal English-as-a-second-language programs for new British Columbians will continue despite the ...

August 29 Should Be Chris Hadfield Day

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Chris Hadfield truly is a remarkable Canadian. The motion, 'M-477' states that the government should "designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day." At a time when science is under attack by some, it is essential that we acknowledge its critical place in our past, present and future.

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

Chong's Reform Bill Can't Be Any Worse Than Parliament Is Now

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There has been much discussion this week about Michael Chong's Private Members Bill to reform some of the aspects of how our parties act and control MPs. Whether one agrees with all the details found in his bill, one thing is certain; it can't make things any worse than they already are on the Hill.

The Tories Attack on the Middle Class Should Worry You

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The Conservative government's recent volleys against workers and their unions will only serve to undercut the well-being and security of middle-class families in Canada if they succeed in pushing through their anti-union legislation. Canada's labour movement is not just about decent jobs, it's about a better life for everyone.

How Conservative Scandal Tainted the Byelection

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

It takes some of the shine off of your team's win if your party sees a significant drop in the margin of victory in two of your party's strongholds. Most observers point to the senate scandal as the reason for the drop and certainly the Conservative caucus feels that way.

'Do The Right Thing,' Ford: Vancouver Mayor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is advising embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to step out of the media glare.Robertson said it would be be...

Watching the Watchdog: Who Will Restore the CBC to its Former Glory?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Knight

Dear Ms. Heather Conway, In less than two weeks you will be taking over one of the toughest jobs in Canadian broadcasting. Actually, one of the toughest jobs in Canada. Seems you have every qualification necessary to restore the CBC to its former glory as the people's network -- the epitome, the embodiment, of public service.

The Environmental Movement Needs People Power

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Hannah McKinnon

Over the years, the environmental movement has written hundreds and hundreds of reports and had thousands of meetings with decision makers, and while these things remain important, what we really need is people power. We need decision-makers to realize that Canadians want climate change to be taken seriously for a clean energy future.

Rob Ford Distracts From Canada's Other Political Disasters

Diane Francis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

It's too bad that Toronto's mayor has attracted so much publicity but it's, on balance, a very good development for Canada. There will be the Rob and Doug Show and, more importantly, he's hogging the spotlight away from others whose behaviour has been worse.

How Canadian Media Enforce a Black Male's Self-Hatred

Anthony Morgan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Anthony Morgan

Recently, the Guardian published an article titled "Why I hate being a black man" by a Canadian writer. No similarly prominent Canadian media outlets have provided a much-needed black male Canadian's reaction to the piece. The deafening silence is curious, telling and typically Canadian.

Rob Ford Should Leave His Wife Out of the Discussion

Julie Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Julie Devaney

Leveraging women's bodies became a political sport in Toronto this week. It began with the blurted out defence Rob Ford offered to reports that he sexually harassed a former employee, and sadly continued with Rosie DiManno's Toronto Star article about domestic violence. It's a mistake to focus on these issues.

Forget the Scandals and Check Out These Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Imagine if we celebrated Canada's democratic volunteers in the same way we celebrate our entrepreneurs, sports stars and community leaders? Samara is trying to do just that, by finding and highlighting the work of these people in the Everyday Political Citizen project. After all, politics will only change if citizens show the way.

Canadians Need to Stop These Appalling New Laws in Their Tracks

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

Who needs to pay $200.00 a ticket to see Les Misérables in theatres, when we can get free, premium seats in our own courtrooms? Unreasonable fines and the threat of jail for a person's inability to pay a court-imposed fee affronts the spirit of our sentencing principles, is immoral and unconstitutional.

If You Pay Politicians Peanuts, You Will End Up With Monkeys

Steve Lafleur | Posted 11.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

It's easy to understand why people get upset when politicians get raises, especially during bad economic times. If we want good public policy, we need to lure high quality candidates into politics. In order to do so, we need to pay politicians competitive salaries. It's a small price to pay for governing a nearly $300 billion organization that touches every aspect of our lives.

Raffi Against The Machine: Kids' Icon Takes On Prime Minister Via Twitter

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Music

Plenty of people tweeted about the Conservative Party of Canada's weekend convention, but perhaps none was more beloved by generations X, Y and Z (um,...

Harper's Keynote at CPC13 - A Make Or Break Moment For The Tories?

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

In perhaps the most significant line of his keynote Harper proclaimed, "As Conservatives, we believe that actions have consequences." Harper might not realize it, but this is perhaps the most telling line of the weekend and goes to the core of the Senate scandal. Opinion polls have slammed Harper for his handling of the scandal, and delegates at this conference have called for him to take responsibility and accept the consequences.

How To Ensure the Senate Scandal Mess Doesn't Happen Again

Duff Conacher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A fair compromise concerning pay for suspended senators and other politicians would be to establish a rule that if a politician is found guilty of the alleged violation, they would be required to return any pay received after the allegation was first made.

Hey Ford, Your PR Strategy Is a Bigger Disaster Than That Video

Gerry Som | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Gerry Som

Yes, October 31 began with unfavourable news for Rob Ford. But what made it worse was his poorly-planned response, rather than the news itself. The pictures and videos of him chasing reporters were not classy. These are his fellow citizens -- the residents of the city of which he is Mayor. And that was very rude behaviour.

Inside CPC13: The Party Is Defensive, Is It Divided?

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

For a party that once appeared expansive and confident, the Conservatives now appear divided, shrinking and defensive. Even delegates arriving in Calgary are puzzled why media has been given such limited access to the convention. One quipped, "It's because of the Senate stuff going on."

What Justin Trudeau Could Learn From Rob Ford

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Is there any doubt about who Rob Ford is? There shouldn't be. From the moment he first ran for office, Rob Ford has been about "Stop the gravy train," even if he didn't articulate it that way in the beginning. What does Justin Trudeau stand for? There is no clear picture of who Justin is other than a good-looking guy who seems bright, has lots of charisma and speaks in generalities. Often politicians will say they don't want to reveal themselves until election time because they just make themselves a target for the other parties. But there is a difference between defining yourself -- who you are and what you stand for -- and revealing your specific policies.

Senate Scandal: Harper Must Pause, Reflect and Move Forward

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With the Senate scandal continuing unabated, there is tremendous wear and tear on everyone involved. These scandals tend to take over your entire day, you become buried in the muck, either throwing it or slipping deeper into it. A political crisis of this magnitude wears staff down and it always impacts on the man at the top. It is time for the Prime Minister to pause and reflect.