Canadian Politics

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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?

Prorogation Just A Ploy To Avoid Ethics Questions, NDP Say

Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 10.13.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Conservatives’ shutdown of the House of Commons was not aimed at clicking the reset button but rather at avoiding questions over the ...

Watching the Watchdog: The Zoomer Has Nothing to Lose

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Tim Knight writes the regular media column, Watching the Watchdog, for HuffPost Canada. Program: Premiere of The Zoomer, Vision TV Subject: Radic...

Why a Government Shutdown Would Never Happen in Canada

Alison Loat | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

The latest U.S. government shutdown dominated headlines this week, prompting questions as to whether a similar situation could happen here. I sat down with my colleague at Samara, Jane Hilderman, to talk about the government shutdown and why -- for better or for worse -- it can't happen in Canada. What's at the heart of a government shutdown like the sort we're seeing in the U.S.?

Long Road Ahead for Broten's NDP

Cole Hogan | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

The Saskatchewan Party has launched a political advertisement against the new leader of the Saskatchewan NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, Cam Broten. The advertisement attempts to tether Broten to the previous NDP leader, Dwain Lingenfelter, and to the party's 2011 First Nations resource revenue sharing policy.

Michael Ignatieff, We Hardly Knew Ye

J.J. McCullough | Posted 11.26.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg I must confess that there was an awful lot about Canada's 2011 General Election I simply didn't "get." But I certainly didn't get why Michael Ignatieff, a perfectly ordinary if uninspired Canadian party boss, stirred such loathing his Liberals plunged to a historically unprecedented third-place standing. And neither, it seems, does he.

Watching the Watchdog: Famed Surveillance Watchdog Warns Canada

Tim Knight | Posted 11.25.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

William Binney is a man on a mission. He spent nearly 30 years as a top executive in America's super-secret National Security Agency (NSA), now he wants you to know that same spy agency is pushing western democracies -- including Canada -- toward fascism.

Controversial Musician Ashley MacIsaac Considers Federal Politics

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Music

Ashley MacIsaac has made headlines for a myriad of reasons over his career, but the Cape Breton-born fiddler is now considering a run for political of...

The "shock" expressed following St Mary's rape chant

Daniel Dickin | Posted 11.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

I was shocked when the Saint Mary University's now-infamous frosh chant was released and quickly went viral. That video can be seen here, and althoug...

Quebec Teens Feel Bullied By the Charter of Values

Amber Rehman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Amber Rehman

Like most religious minorities in Quebec, I am only slightly shocked by the proposed charter of values. The people that at the short end of the proverbial legislation stick are kids. Because our kids will live the rest of their future in the shadow of the laws and governments we support, it is imperative to consult them. So I decided to put my ear to the ground, and asked my youth group girls and their friends what they thought of the Quebec charter of values. Here are some reactions by girls age 12-16, all from different backgrounds and religions.

Jack Taught Us That Optimism is Better Than Despair

Anne Theriault | Posted 10.22.2013 | Canada
Anne Theriault

The week Jack died, I watched in awe as Torontonians came together to share their love for Jack. Our famously cold, unfriendly city began to bare its soul in chalk messages written all over Nathan Phillips Square. When thunderstorms washed away the chalk, the people came back and filled the square with writing all over again. I have rarely seen something more beautiful than that.

Why the Big Three Are Right About Verizon

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 10.01.2013 | Canada Business
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

At first sight, the reaction of the three big players to Verizon's possible entry onto the Canadian market seems to be another illustration of their tendency to quash competition. A casual observer might be tempted to think that they're trying to secure government protection against a new player that poses a real threat to their market shares. Nothing could be further from the truth.

When Canadians Talk to Republicans

Liz Rice | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Politics
Liz Rice

On the weekend of June 23 by bus, planes, trains, and automobiles, 19 Canadians converged on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. to lobby U.S. federal pol...

When It Comes to Canadians' Health, Postal Code Matters

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Andrew Boozary

Just last week, a new report from Statistics Canada underscored the importance of money on health. The authors bleakly noted that Canadians in the bottom rung of the income ladder were "more likely to die younger." Quite a lot younger.

It's Time to Celebrate Everyday Political Citizens

Alison Loat | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

Given political goings-on it's no wonder people are checking out of the political world and channelling their energies elsewhere. But imagine if, in the same way we celebrate volunteers, we celebrated people who take the time to be political.