Canadian Politics

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?

B.C. ESL Will Continue: Feds

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - Citizenship and Immigration Canada says federal English-as-a-second-language programs for new British Columbians will continue despite the ...

August 29 Should Be Chris Hadfield Day

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Chris Hadfield truly is a remarkable Canadian. The motion, 'M-477' states that the government should "designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day." At a time when science is under attack by some, it is essential that we acknowledge its critical place in our past, present and future.

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

Chong's Reform Bill Can't Be Any Worse Than Parliament Is Now

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There has been much discussion this week about Michael Chong's Private Members Bill to reform some of the aspects of how our parties act and control MPs. Whether one agrees with all the details found in his bill, one thing is certain; it can't make things any worse than they already are on the Hill.

The Tories Attack on the Middle Class Should Worry You

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The Conservative government's recent volleys against workers and their unions will only serve to undercut the well-being and security of middle-class families in Canada if they succeed in pushing through their anti-union legislation. Canada's labour movement is not just about decent jobs, it's about a better life for everyone.

How Conservative Scandal Tainted the Byelection

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

It takes some of the shine off of your team's win if your party sees a significant drop in the margin of victory in two of your party's strongholds. Most observers point to the senate scandal as the reason for the drop and certainly the Conservative caucus feels that way.

'Do The Right Thing,' Ford: Vancouver Mayor

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson is advising embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford to step out of the media glare.Robertson said it would be be...

Watching the Watchdog: Who Will Restore the CBC to its Former Glory?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Tim Knight

Dear Ms. Heather Conway, In less than two weeks you will be taking over one of the toughest jobs in Canadian broadcasting. Actually, one of the toughest jobs in Canada. Seems you have every qualification necessary to restore the CBC to its former glory as the people's network -- the epitome, the embodiment, of public service.

The Environmental Movement Needs People Power

Hannah McKinnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Hannah McKinnon

Over the years, the environmental movement has written hundreds and hundreds of reports and had thousands of meetings with decision makers, and while these things remain important, what we really need is people power. We need decision-makers to realize that Canadians want climate change to be taken seriously for a clean energy future.

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.