Canadian Politics

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?

5 Reasons Why Canada Shouldn't Fear Accepting Syrian Refugees

Hijal De Sarkar | Posted 11.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Hijal De Sarkar

I acknowledge that good, well-meaning people who genuinely care about Syrian refugees can have perfectly valid concerns about the security risk of bringing in tens of thousands of people from a war zone. It is as large an undertaking as it sounds. So, in light of Canadian political leaders playing on Canadians' concerns to spread fear and disinformation, I decided to research how Canada screens, accepts and settles Syrian refugees. It is my hope we can dispel fear and confusion with facts, reason and compassion.

A G20 Leader Who Walks The Talk

G(irls)20 | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
G(irls)20

As soon as Trudeau walks in, everyone, and I mean everyone including CEOs, politicians and senior level bureaucrats from around the world move in his direction. They want to shake the hand of, and take a selfie with, the newly elected Prime Minister of Canada.

Benefit Corporations Are In The Business Of Creating Social Change

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 11.12.2016 | Canada Business
Aaron H. Emery

These companies have already touched your life. Beyond the big names like Ben & Jerry's ice cream, Patagonia clothing, Etsy, or Kickstarter, there are impact-driven business leaders making significant money while making an amazing difference in communities all around us.

Why Trudeau Should Commit To Passing This Victims' Rights Bill

Victor Choi | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

Just as the Conservative government committed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit to passing the Victims Rights in the Military Justice System Act as soon as Parliament resumes. There is no reason not to do so. Equality before the law is good, common-sense policy, and supporting our troops is always the right thing to do morally and politically.

A Gender Balanced Cabinet Should Be Nothing Special

Lauren Messervey | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

To some people, this may not be particularly mind-boggling. Women have moved up a lot in the world in terms of social, economic, and political influence. It wasn't so long ago that women were expected to adhere to the barefoot and pregnant "laws" that were governed by the patriarchal political climate. But here we are, 2015, and cheering wildly because we have more women in government. Apologies for raining on the parade, but I have to question this. In a truly gender equal society, we would all look at this cabinet and say, "Huh."

Grassroots Strategy Isn't Just Feel-Good Politics, It Wins Elections

Jordan Ray | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Ray

The Liberal Party of Canada changed the way that it chose its leader by introducing the free, "supporter" category for new members. The move was viewed by some as dangerous. What the party faithful may not have realized was that the Liberals were kicking off a grassroots strategy that would strengthen the party.

A Tale Of Two Canadian Leaders

Evan C. Schulte | Posted 11.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Evan C. Schulte

After the polls had long been decided, election night between Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau played out like some kind of modern day lore -- an exceptionally crafted story of hero and villain, rising and falling with each playing their part flawlessly.

The Gender Debate On Merit Is Old And Boring

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Early in my career, employment equity took hold. It caused much bitter complaining that such human resource department meddling had no place in the meritocracy we called our workplace. The latest resurrection of these arguments is fuelled by Justin Trudeau's promise to have equal gender representation in Cabinet.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

Why We Still Need Human Rights Institutions

Renu Mandhane | Posted 11.02.2016 | Canada Impact
Renu Mandhane

The human rights landscape has changed dramatically since 1962, when the Ontario Human Rights Commission was created. There are now parallel human right institutions federally and in every province and territory, and numerous international human rights treaties to which Canada is a party. In Ontario, most people are ambivalent or simply don't know about the OHRC, its role, and its work. This is ironic because some of the issues that have captivated Ontarians in recent years clearly fall within the OHRC's jurisdiction and are issues on which the Commission has been actively engaged.

How Trudeau Can Improve Our National Security Policy-Making Process

Navid Hassibi | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

When overhauling Bill C-51 in the coming months, the new Trudeau government should give serious consideration to revamping Canada's national security policy-making apparatus to ensure the adoption of well-informed and objective national security and foreign policies. In doing so, the process should include an executive-level whole-of-government approach for maximum policy effectiveness. Given the dynamic and complex issues faced with abroad, there is no time better than the present to rethink how Canada approaches national security and foreign policy.

Let's Call Ontario Teachers' Action The Strike It Actually Is

Christine Van Geyn | Posted 10.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Christine Van Geyn

Elementary teachers in Ontario have now escalated what they are calling "work-to-rule" job action by withdrawing from extracurricular activities for students. Parents, students and now even the Premier are getting frustrated with the hold-out union. The Premier has stated that if an agreement is not reached with Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) by November 1st, she may approve docking teachers' pay.

How The TPP Jeopardizes Canadian Health

Dr. Sarah Giles | Posted 10.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. Sarah Giles

The TPP appears to pose risks to our ability to afford to provide needed medications Canadians, and others around the world. When the free and open debate on this agreement is held, the impact on health care must be taken into account.

Election Results A Reason To Be Optimistic About Animal Rights

Camille Labchuk | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Camille Labchuk

The situation for animals in Canada remains dire, with hundreds of millions of animals suffering and dying every year on farms, in laboratories, in entertainment and for their fur. Parliament has a tremendous opportunity to improve life for many of these animals, and Canadians are crying out for change. The election results offer many reasons for optimism. It's now time for advocates to roll up our sleeves, start working with the new Parliament, and help MPs pass meaningful legislation for animals.

Trudeau's Win Signals A Restoration Of Canadian Values

Lindsay Maskell | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Lindsay Maskell

There is a definite nostalgia for the way Canada used to be. Canadians accept Trudeau's desire to recast Canada as a global peacekeeper, and to live up to our reputation as a caring and compassionate society. Over the past decade under the Harper government, they felt that was slipping away.

My Reflections On 9 Years Of Working Together In Ottawa Centre

Paul Dewar | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

Whatever I do and wherever I go, I will benefit from the collective wisdom, experience, enthusiasm and vibrancy of Ottawa Centre. There is so much more to do. But if the last nine years have taught me anything, it is that Jack was right. If we are loving, hopeful and optimistic, we can and will change the world.

Canadians Are Crowdsourcing Justin Trudeau's Government

Pascal Zamprelli | Posted 10.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Pascal Zamprelli

Life in the public square is playing itself out online, only the Internet has made the square bigger, more diverse, and capable of operating in real time. With every decision our government makes (or must make), social media in particular allow us to quickly gather, share, discuss, debate, suggest and demand, effectively crowdsourcing solutions to the questions facing the nation. And by the looks of things, Canadians will have suggestions for Justin Trudeau every step of the way.