Canadian Politics

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.

Can You Beat Our Ultimate HuffQuiz?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada

So you want to be a news quiz master, but have you been paying enough attention to be number one? To send off 2013, we’ve departed from our regul...

Freedom Of Thought Requires Privacy, Not State Scrutiny

Madeleine Thien | Posted 02.22.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Madeleine Thien

Imagine that I took all the e-mails and messages that I have ever written, as well as recordings of all Skype calls that I have ever made, and gave them to a group of strangers. Should we trust the priorities these strangers will have in 10 years, or 20 or 50? Should we trust that this immense cache of data will not become a commodity, traded to other governments that exist now, or will exist in the future?

My Wish List For National Defence in 2014

Joyce Murray | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Joyce Murray

My wish for 2014 is a list of fixes for National Defence to improve the confidence and well-being of Canadians, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and their families, members of the military equipment and supply economy, and last but not least those who have left or are leaving CAF service and need support.

A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Trudeau has been completely unable to define the Liberal Party or Trudeau brand under his leadership. On second thought, in Trudeau's first eight months as Liberal leader, he has said a lot. He just hasn't said the right things to make him worthy of leading this country.

House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season 2

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada TV
Daniel Dickin

Netflix's House of Cards was nominated for four Golden Globes just hours before they launched their Season 2 trailer. Unfortunately, Season 2 will be the final season for House of Cards, citing the actors' and producers' preferences to do movies over a television series. Here are 11 questions to be answered in House of Cards Season two.

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?