Canadian Politics

America's Two-Party System Is Strange

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The "big tent" factor of both American parties and the constraints of the "winner-take-all" presidency makes for some particularly strange bedfellows. But is the two-party system under attack this election cycle? It certainly seems so -- and it could well be to Secretary Hillary Clinton's advantage.

3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics

But New York was more than foreign policy pitches and pictures. And the Senate new appointments — especially to the economic advisory body — are worth watching closely for the advice they give.

3 Ways Federal Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.13.2017 | Canada Politics

The noise around the Washington visit may have drowned out or at least muffled some of the other developments on Parliament Hill.

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

We decided early on that, while we would of course ensure we had messaging towards youth across the country, and support young campaigners in constituencies nationwide, our focus had to be tailored to where we could be most effective. We decided to focus our efforts organizing constituencies with campuses.

An Open Letter from Kevin O'Leary to Rachel Notley

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 03.05.2017 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

Hi Premier Notley, How's it going? I don't think this is an unreasonable question given the situation we all find ourselves in Canada today. Firs...

Ontario's Hocus Pocus Budget

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 03.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

There's nothing magical about the ninth consecutive deficit, or the $296 billion in debt the province will have as of March 31. Nor in the nearly one billion per month in interest payments our government has us paying. But Wynne and Sousa's commitment that the budget will be balanced next year requires faith in the supernatural.

A Letter to Kathleen Wynne from Kevin O'Leary

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 03.01.2017 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

To: Kathleen Wynne From: Kevin O'Leary Re: New Cap and Trade Slush Fund Hi Premier, just saw you are setting up a new $1.9 billion cap and trade fu...

A Canadian View Of The Scalia Replacement Controversy

Michael Plaxton | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Politics
Michael Plaxton

To Canadian eyes, there is something both familiar and strange about the controversy surrounding President Obama's authority to name a replacement for Antonin Scalia. The issue is familiar because, last year, then-Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada only 6 weeks before the federal election (having announced that he would do so a few days before Parliament was dissolved). Examining both cases can help us learn key differences between our two governments.

Why Saskatchewan Needs To Reject Paid Plasma Donations

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 02.18.2017 | Canada Business
Dr Ryan Meili

A start-up company is looking to establish a new business model in Saskatchewan. In worsening economic times, that might seem like great news. But if their business model is one that takes advantage of people's poverty and may undermine voluntary blood donations, then the prospect is far less appealing. If Canada did need to collect more blood, opening for-profit clinics is not the way to do it.

Trudeau's Spending Priorities Send Too Many Tax Dollars Overseas

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

$4.3 billion spent outside of the country will buy you a lot of thanks from some organizations such as the UN or from climate change conferences. That type of spending will also earn you a lot of selfies to up your political profile. But in the end it is our taxpayers footing the bill.

Canada Needs A Bottom-Up, Market-Driven Climate Change Plan

Sean Speer | Posted 02.10.2017 | Canada Politics
Sean Speer

A pro-innovation agenda with respect to climate change is composed of the same basic policies for other sectors, including competitive taxation, strong intellectual property protection and a sensible regulatory regime, investments in human capital, and high-quality infrastructure.

Dispelling Some Myths And Misconceptions About Energy East

Blair King | Posted 02.02.2017 | Canada Business
Blair King

My blog post last week (I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist) made quite a splash resulting in me receiving a lot of both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the negative feedback consisted of unsupported and/or unsupportable "facts" about the proposal.

B.C. Must Take Action Now To Remain A Climate Leader

Stephen Hui | Posted 02.01.2017 | Canada British Columbia
Stephen Hui

Although B.C.'s emissions initially fell under the Climate Action Plan, they have been creeping up in the past few years and are projected to continue rising without stronger climate policies. It's now clear the province is on track to miss its legislated targets for reducing carbon pollution.

Reforming Bill C-51 Can't Wait Another Year

Laura Tribe | Posted 01.30.2017 | Canada Politics
Laura Tribe

It's been one year. Saturday marked exactly 365 days since the former Conservative government introduced Bill C-51, with its controversial spy powers that experts warn are shredding our basic constitutional rights. So, where do things stand now? After intense debate, C-51 was pushed through Parliament and is now law, but its many opponents are making progress. Over the past few weeks, we have seen positive signs from the new federal government, as it has finally promised to meet calls for public consultation from Canadians, civil society and experts.

The Day Canada's Parliament Went Up In Flames

Robert Waite | Posted 01.29.2017 | Canada Living
Robert Waite

Should you happen to visit the Canadian Museum of Nature in the days ahead, look for a small plaque that reminds visitors that the museum doors were, for four years beginning 100 years ago, the entry way to a productive and effective Parliament.

Journalism Isn't Dying - It's Being Murdered

Dave Yin | Posted 01.22.2017 | Canada Business
Dave Yin

No matter how quickly information can now travel, or how many people are able to share it, when the next terrorist attack is developing at home or abroad, or the next time a public figure's lies need exposing, or even when your own community or job is facing down corporate interests, it won't be a stranger with a Twitter account sticking out their necks for you.

Upstream Justice: A Look At The Social Causes Of Crime

Dr Ryan Meili | Posted 01.15.2017 | Canada Living
Dr Ryan Meili

An interview with Clive Weighill - Saskatoon Police Chief and President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police: Some politicians talk about getting tough on crime. I'm saying you don't just want to get tough on crime, you have to get tough on the issues of poverty, poor housing, disadvantage. People are products of their environment, and if we can't solve those social issues, we're not going to solve the big picture in the end. I firmly believe that we have to work on poverty.

Bring The House Back Early And Give Canada Answers

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

How many times did we hear the media complain that the Conservatives used talk points all the time, often reading them from prepared scripts? We are now starting to see the Liberals doing the same thing. When asked about the need to get our downward spiraling economy moving, Trudeau's stock answer was, "We are going to do this right. We are going to do this responsibly." The only thing lacking was a piece of paper while he read the answer. For the party that promised to do things differently, it is much of the same. We haven't seen anything concrete to address the sinking dollar or get the economy moving.

Looking Ahead At The Conservatives In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

The Conservatives Party of Canada begins 2016 in a very different place from where they have been for the last 10 years. Defeats are never fun, but they offer the Conservatives a chance to rejuvenate, rebuild and rededicate themselves to promoting Canadian Conservative values.

The Road Ahead For The NDP In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.07.2017 | Canada
Keith Beardsley

This will prove an interesting year for the NDP as they transition from Official Opposition status to third party status. They will be functioning with fewer MPs, fewer staff, and fewer resources. But the most pressing question is: How does Mulcair keep his job?

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

Criticism of Religion Should Not Lead To Discrimination

Renu Mandhane | Posted 12.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

Most Canadians believe that religious discrimination is no longer a problem in contemporary society. Yet, after the terrorist attacks in Paris last month, we have seen a marked spike in hate crimes against Muslims. Less extreme, but likely more pervasive than overt attacks are new stereotypes that view all religious people as inherently backward, less tolerant, less informed, or closed-minded. This is a different form of prejudice that appears to be socially acceptable in our more secular society, and among many otherwise "progressive" or "liberal" individuals.

Canada's Environment Minister Says Deal Will be Reached in Paris

CP | Patrice Bergeron, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"We've turned the page."

Jamie Oliver's Fat Tax Would Only Benefit The Bureaucrats

Kevin Lacey | Posted 11.30.2016 | Canada Living
Kevin Lacey

Oliver, a British national, took to the CBC radio program The Q to say that both the UK and Canada need a national tax on sugary beverages. He says kids, particularly those who come from underprivileged backgrounds, are growing up living a far too unhealthy lifestyle. Would a tax change that behaviour?

Canada's Muslim Community Must Act Now To End Islamophobia

Saqib Qureshi | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Living
Saqib Qureshi

A window of opportunity has opened where several provincial governments and Ottawa are enlightened and willing to partner to deal with problems. Eleven Muslim MPs were elected to Ottawa alone in 2015, and one is a cabinet minister. If the stars are aligned, what then are the key challenges that the community should take on?