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B.C. Pipelines Could Become Canada's Standing Rock

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

We don't want to see months or years of lawsuits, protests and direct actions. We don't want that, but if it comes to that we will stand with First Nations and do whatever it takes (peacefully) to ensure this pipeline never gets built. We urge the prime minister to do the right thing.

Prime Minister Trudeau Must Become A Climate Leader

Mike Hudema | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Mike Hudema

The globe needs Prime Minister Trudeau to join that wall of resistance and be the climate leader we all so desperately need to see right now. Trudeau has the ability to show the world that not all climate leadership in North America is dead and while losses may take place south of the border, gains will be made north of it.

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."

It's Time To Change How We Vote In Canada

Jerry Dias | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

We have had the same basic voting system in this country since Confederation. After 150 years, it is time for a change to something more modern, inclusive and democratic. It is time for an electoral system that ensures that everyone's voice is heard and counted when deciding the next government.

Will Elizabeth May Tear The Green Party Apart?

Thomas Woodley | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

Barely able to wait for the doors to close on August's three-day convention, Green leader Elizabeth May publicly and harshly criticized a key outcome of the convention. As leader of a party which so frequently touts the need for "evidence-based policy," Elizabeth May herself has fallen woefully short in recent weeks.

Post-Harper, The Conservatives Still Don't Get It

Jerry Dias | Posted 08.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

With Harper gone, you would think the Conservatives could return to providing a reasonable alternative for voters. If you thought that, you'd be wrong. We could go on all day about how Harper's tax cuts for corporations and the rich gutted the social programs and economic development that the rest of us depend on, or how his poorly negotiated trade deals put more power in the hand of corporations at the expense of jobs and a stable future for working Canadians, but the real point here is that these sorts of comments show just how out of touch the Conservative Party has become.

It's Time For The Defence Minister To Focus On Search And Rescue

Colin Kenny | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

Since the government took office last December, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan has spent much of his time musing about Canada's military role in Iraq, the CF-18 replacements, and a future role in peacekeeping operations. As important as these issues are, the minister would be wise to spend some time on another file that is need of his attention: search and rescue.

Trudeau's Senate Reforms Could Do More Harm Than Good

Aaron Wudrick | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Aaron Wudrick

New "independent" Senators could be emboldened to test out their new levels of "independence" -- particularly in the form of pushing back even harder on legislation passed by the House. Indeed, some people may even hope that happens. And if it does, it will be undermining the will of the House -- and by extension, Canadians.

Investing In Canada's Youth Will Create A Better Future

Peter Schiefke | Posted 08.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Schiefke

Indeed, the positive result of these long-term investments in our collective future is that today's young Canadians are part of the most educated and connected generation of youth the world has ever seen. They are also the world's first digitally native generation. Even so, they still face challenges.

Goodbye And Good Riddance To The Harper Era

Jerry Dias | Posted 07.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Stephen Harper emerged in May from his self-imposed obscurity to say goodbye. I say good riddance. The former prime minister who once boasted, "You won't recognize Canada when I'm through with it," lost the federal election last October and stepped down as leader of the Conservative Party, but remained a Member of Parliament.

We Have Advanced Key Commitments On National Security

Ralph Goodale | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

As the House of Commons finished its spring sitting last week, the Government of Canada introduced new legislation to make progress, as promised, on critical national security priorities. Publishing the details now will give ample time for these three measures to be studied before they come up for debate and votes in the fall.

It's Time To Rename And Rebuild The NDP

James Di Fiore | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

Luckily for the NDP, unlike the Democrats south of the border, they can scrap their party's name and orange motif without much blowback. And they should. The party's image is irreparable, tattered from years of negative election results and cemented in a state of mediocrity.

Was Harper Really The Worst Canadian Prime Minister In History?

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

Does the inevitable stagnation that comes with a decade in power automatically cast a departed leader as the worst in history? Many will point at Harper's dictatorial approach to governance, his deficits, his disregard for science or his political gamesmanship as proof that he was. I don't think this type of hyperbole is worthwhile nor productive.

Manufacturing Offence: Are Mean Tweets Newsworthy?

James Di Fiore | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

If you dig a little into the archives of mainstream media websites and clips, you will notice a trend where the identity politics angle is almost exclusively supported by tweets and Facebook posts from unknown individuals instead of the direct questions or opinions from the journalist or reporter covering the story. Nowadays, journalists hide behind anonymous social media posts and pretend those opinions deserve spotlight coverage in hopes of unearthing a controversial sound bite or another clickable headline.

Trudeau Proves Parliament Is Still An Alpha Male's Show

Angelina Chapin | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Angelina Chapin

Trudeau's behaviour reinforces the idea that male anger trumps patience and deliberation. These seemingly isolated incidents of aggression have a cumulative effect. They create an environment where men feel entitled to act on their base instincts, which can lead to more serious misdemeanours than an elbow nudge.

Passion In Parliament Should Never Lead To Misconduct

Erin O'Toole | Posted 05.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

If all MPs and all Canadians approach these subjects with respect, we can all feel better about the outcome whether you support Bill C-14 or not. I have been part of a few interviews and discussions with MPs on the issue of assisted suicide and got to know my colleagues across the aisle and understand their motivations better. This is passion and Parliament at its best. Sadly, last week also saw Parliament at its worst when the prime minister of Canada allowed his passion to get the better of him and he stormed across the aisle to yell at, and engaged in a scuffle with opposition MPs.

Forest Fires May Be Our New Reality If We Ignore Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

May is on track to be the 12th consecutive hottest month globally ever recorded. The day the fires raced into Fort McMurray, Alta., set 24 different temperature records, including a record-breaking 32.6 degrees Celsius in Fort McMurray (20 degrees above normal) and a scorching 4.8 degrees above the previous record set in 1945. These tinder-dry conditions helped lead to one of the earliest wildfire seasons in Alberta's history and fuelled the fire that raged through the city.

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

Dear Premier Notley: Alberta Workers Need Jobs Not Pipelines

Mike Hudema | Posted 04.11.2016 | Canada Business
Mike Hudema

Raising the minimum wage, diversifying Alberta's economy and supporting working people have my full support, but I'm sorry Premier Notley, I just can't get behind you on pipelines. New pipelines aren't good for the environment, they aren't good for the climate, and I'm sorry, but they aren't good for working people or good governance, either.

3 Ways Politics Mattered This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes."

The NDP Is Heading To Edmonton Looking For A Way Out

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

This weekend, the NDP is meeting in Edmonton to decide their direction moving forward. Eugene Levy once complained about filming a season of SCTV in Edmonton because "It's Edmonton." While I'm sure it's a great city, this is a party who is dreading at the Big E. The election of the past year saw an early lead blown, notable key members of the party lose their seats in the House of Commons, and a third place finish for Tom Mulcair's rookie federal election run. As the NDP head to the Gateway to the North, it's time to begin paving the highway towards the future.

Government Inaction On Seal Hunt Threatens Both Seals And Sealers

Sheryl Fink | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Sheryl Fink

Despite tens of millions of dollars in government support, the hunt is at one of its lowest points in history. Processors have relied heavily on government loans in recent years in order to purchase sealskins, but with 35 countries now banning the import of seal products few commercial markets remain.

The Federal Budget Offers Opportunities For Meaningful Change

Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux | Posted 03.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux

There has been a historic allocation of funding at levels the previous government did not have the courage or desire to put forward. Monies have been directed to the inequality of education on reserves, to housing, to an Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Women and Girls, to Child Welfare, and a number of other critical areas.

Parliament, There Is No Life Like It

Keith Beardsley | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

With Easter weekend behind us, I wanted to wish everyone a Happy Easter especially all of those hard-working back-bench Members of Parliament and ministers and of course the prime minister too. Then again "hard-working" might not be an accurate description of our elected representatives.

3 Ways Politics Touched Us This Week

CP | Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2016 | 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.