Canadian Politics

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.

A Quick Reference Guide to the Conservatives' 2013 Biennial Convention

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The three-day convention is broken down into a mixture of information sessions, speeches and debates on policy and constitution resolutions, concluding in votes on these debates. The policy declaration serves as the Conservative government's mandate to implement the policies desired by the Conservative grassroots, while the national constitution governs the operations of the party.

Althia Raj

Senators Told 'Residency' Means Whatever You Want

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.29.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — Mike Duffy and Pamela Wallin were given reassurances that they would not be kicked out of the Senate — even if they spent 99 per cent of ...

When Will This Senate Scandal Gong Show End?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

No one escapes the blame on this one. Conservatives can't even agree if suspending the three senators without due process is the correct way to go. We have Conservative senators and Conservative MPs speaking out against the pending motions -- something that is generally unheard of in this tightly controlled government.

Conservatives Hitting the Snooze Button on Climate Change Is a Snore

Megan Leslie | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Megan Leslie

Once again, Canada's Conservatives are bound and determined to roll right over, close their eyes and sleep through the alarm bells on climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) most recent assessment is a reminder of the urgency of addressing global warming, and the dangers of ignoring rising sea levels and increasing temperatures. In contrast, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in response that the newest report released by the IPCC is a wake-up call, and "those who deny the science or choose excuses over action are playing with fire." Our largest trading partner gets it. So where's Canada's government on this critical environmental and economic issue?

The Most Admired Canadian Is..

The Huffington Post Canada | Jacqueline Delange | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada

Environmentalist David Suzuki is the most admired Canadian, according to a poll from Angus Reid Global. Suzuki garnered admiration from 57 per cen...

It's Only Fair

Paul Moist | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Paul Moist

In many ways the Canadian Union of Public Employees is a much different union than it was 50 years ago, as evident from the photos from our founding c...

How the Throne Speech Was Like an Episode of Seinfeld

Sean Casey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Casey

Yesterday's Throne Speech was a Seinfeld-like moment -- it was about nothing. Instead of using the Speech from the Throne as an opportunity to finally lay out a bold vision for tackling the most pressing issues facing Canadians, the Harper Conservatives served up more political gamesmanship, gimmicks and recycled, old policies.

Liberals Leading The Way: Poll

CBC | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics

The government laid out its agenda for the next session of Parliament in a speech from the throne on Wednesday. It included a promise to introduce l...

Vancouver MP Draws Fire For Harper Tweet

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Politics

Vancouver MP Don Davies quickly deleted a tweet he posted Wednesday after the building housing the Prime Minister's Office was evacuated due to the di...

Welcoming Home John and Tarek From Egypt

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Irene Mathyssen, MP

The detention of Dr. Tarek Loubani and John Greyson was at the forefront of all Canadians' concerns for the 50 days they spent behind bars at Cairo's Tora Prison. Dr. Tarek Loubani is an emergency room physician in my riding and John Greyson is an acclaimed film-maker and professor at York University. They are now home safe.

10 Policies That Need to Be Addressed in the Throne Speech

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

On Wednesday at 4:30pm EST, Governor General David Johnston will take a seat in the Senate and begin reading the Speech from the Throne to officially open the second session of Canada's 41st Parliament. These are the top 10 policies that need to be addressed.

Three Things to Worry About if Canada Was the One Shutting Down

Russ Blinch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

It's pretty sad to see the U.S. government shutdown and all the havoc it has wrought. Can you imagine if the same thing occurred in Canada and the Harper government was prevented from reading its Speech from the Throne next week as planned?