Canadian Politics

Blurred (Party) Lines Are Ruining Canadian Politics

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.10.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg In the fight against Quebec separatists, its often insisted that Canadian politicians need to "speak with one voice." And that might be true. Everywhere else, however, politics would improve immensely if we could choose between two clear ones. Canada is long overdue for a fundamental re-calibration of provincial politics. Perhaps at the next Manning Centre Conference, all of Canada's supposedly "right-of-centre" politicians   can get together and agree to forge a new provincial political brand (say, the "Conservative Party") that's present in all provinces. And then maybe all the left-wing people can meet at, I don't know, David Suzuki's next garden party or something.

How Much Did Canada Really Know Before Entering Kandahar?

CP | Murray Brewster, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2014 | Canada Politics

KABUL - The meeting had barely gotten underway at the U.S.-led Kandahar provincial reconstruction team's base when one of the Canadian diplomats excus...

Don't Let Truth Be a Casualty of Democracy

Keith Beardsley | Posted 05.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

They say that truth is one of the first casualties of war, but it should not be a casualty in the daily war of words we see in the House of Commons. The public may disagree with what you say, we may argue about the facts you tell us or how you interpret them, but remember that your words will still be there for others to see and read decades from now. We are listening, so at least tell us the truth.

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

Daniel Dickin | Posted 05.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

At some point, the NDP has to learn that their filibustering tactics only result in further efforts to limit debate through closure and time allocation measures. The NDP aren't defending democracy by filibustering -- they're filibustering democracy.

B.C. Gold Mine Rejected By Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal government has again rejected a proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia's Interior over environm...

Althia Raj

So, About Those 'Open Nominations'..

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL – He promised an open nomination process, but Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won’t necessarily stay out of any riding race when it comes...

Althia Raj

Five Things To Watch At The Liberal Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau’s first policy convention as Liberal leader kicks off in Montreal Thursday. Three thousand delegates and paid observers are expected ...

Why the 2014 Economic Action Plan is Not a 'Do-Nothing' Budget

John McKay | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
John McKay

This budget certainly does a lot of things. It ignores struggling families desperately in need of daycare options. In 2006, the Conservatives cancelled the Liberal National Daycare Program, opting instead for a $100/month subsidy. Canadian families know how to stretch a buck, but $100 does not stretch very far.

Spending Scandal: Canadians Won't Abide $72,000 in Moving Expenses

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Once again we have a spending scandal occupying the attention of Canadians. This time however, it doesn't involve our esteemed senators but two former generals, Andrew Leslie who is presently a senior Liberal advisor and Daniel Menard who retired in disgrace from the armed forces. Leslie claimed $72,000 for moving expenses and Menard claimed $40,000.

War Of Words Over $72,000 In Moving Expenses

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.18.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A retired general who once led Canada's troops in Afghanistan is accusing the federal Conservatives of a "personal attack" over his moving ex...

Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a Medal

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Economic Action Plan 2014 is what Canada needs. It continues to support jobs and growth; supports families and communities; and highlights the road to a balanced budget in 2015 without cutting transfers to individuals or the provinces.

He Wants Details On Federal Flood Aid

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner is happy to see a $2.8 billion commitment to flood relief in the federal budget, but says he still has...

Trudeau's Abolition of Liberal Senators Changes Nothing

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald Justin Trudeau has banished all 32 Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus, yet he's managed to ...

Trudeau's Support of Keystone XL Is Dangerous for Canada

Adam Shedletzky | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Adam Shedletzky

Trudeau professes to be capable of both meaningfully combatting climate change and supporting oil sands expansion. Yet he recently went so far as to proclaim that "the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and elsewhere is not scientific." Leaving oil in the ground is precisely what must happen. The longer Trudeau loudly supports the oil industry without a similarly strong signal that he is committed to meaningful action on climate change, the harder it will be, should he win, to enact the bold policies the scientific community is actually calling for.

Fair Elections Act Is the Change Canadians Have Been Waiting For

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Tuesday the Conservative government introduced the Fair Elections Act, a comprehensive list of reforms aimed at modernizing Elections Canada and Canada's whole electoral system. Bill C-23 was introduced by Minister of State for Democratic Reform Pierre Poilievre and proposes to implement a number of recommendations made by the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

Did Trudeau Clean Up the Senate or Make a Bigger Mess?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Justin Trudeau probably shocked his Senate caucus colleagues more than the voting public today when he announced he was removing Liberal senators from the Liberal caucus, thereby limiting the caucus to elected members of parliament. Eventually the dust will settle and the real reason for this move will become evident, but for now Trudeau is in the limelight and he will have the Conservatives scrambling and perhaps the NDP as well. The truth is no one including Trudeau knows and we will only find that out down the road and closer to the next election.

Canada's Shortlist for the Everyday Political Citizen

Alison Loat | Posted 03.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Whether we like it or not, most major decisions about our communities are still made at the political level. Yet there is little celebration of, and often outright disdain for, those who engage with the political process to try and have a say in those decisions.

Green Party Deputy Leader Steps Down

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.24.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The federal Green party's deputy leader, Adriane Carr, is stepping down from the job after nearly eight years.Carr, who was elected as a c...

Why Tory MPs Could Be Looking For Work

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Last month, Brian Jean announced that he is leaving the federal political scene this month. When opportunity knocks some MPs will decide enough is enough. No one can predict how many, but it is pretty safe to say we haven't seen the last member of the Conservative caucus decide that their future is not in Ottawa.

Quebec's Charter Makes Minorities into Second-Class Citizens

Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Fariha Naqvi-Mohamed

Let's call Bill 60 what it truly is: a bill that encourages intolerance, divides the population and makes visible and religious minorities into second class citizens in their own home. It is time for the opposition to step up and stop this nonsense. Until then I remain Canadian, Quebecker, a visibly practicing Muslim and proud.

'Mistake' Fixed: RCMP

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The RCMP says it has identified and fixed the "mistake" that allowed two climate-change protesters to walk onto a stage within reach of Pr...

Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix

Nikki Thomas | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Creating laws that are overly broad and ineffective will just push sex work back into the shadows, and will continue to make it less safe for all those involved. Sex work can be safe, clean, and beneficial to those of us who choose it as a career. It can be conducted ethically, honestly, and freely, with the full consent of all participants. It can be done right, in the privacy of our own homes, without exploitation; we just need to ensure that governments do not restrict our right to choose what we do with our own bodies.

Chuck Strahl, Stephen Harper and the Oily Politics of Contempt

Wayne K. Spear | Posted 03.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Wayne K. Spear

Too much is to be gained from the energy sector to expect that the federal government will be anything but aggressive in the fulfillment of contracts and quotas and grand business ambitions, and the opposition be damned. What is troubling is the heavy-handed manner in which the operation has been brought forward.

Media Bites: The Eternal Harper Retirement Watch

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.08.2014 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

One of the unhealthier byproducts of a prime ministerial political system with no term limits is that the media spends an awful lot of time analyzing the vigour and vitality of the current incumbent, eagerly hoping for some subtle sign or signal that his tenure in office will be soon coming to an end. Does he seem bored or listless with the mundane tasks of governing? Is he openly grooming a successor? When's the last time he was seen in public?

What Politicians Should Focus on During Electionmania

Justin Beach | Posted 03.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

It is a good time to be a political junkie. I'm a dual (US/Canadian) citizen and the next three years will feature almost constant elections. The year 2014 will bring local elections here in Oshawa, Ontario as well as Congressional elections in the US. It is not likely that much will change in terms of personnel, incumbents tend to win and that rule is pretty universal. Elections though do provide an opportunity to raise issues and there is a long list of issues that require attention. Here are the most important issues I'd like to see addressed.