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How Will NDP Leadership Candidates Approach Foreign Policy Debates?

Yves Engler | Posted 03.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Is the NDP establishment scared to have party members discuss Canada's international posture? At the party's first leadership debate last weekend there wasn't a single foreign policy question despite a host of contentious recent party positions on international affairs.

Dear Minister Hussen, Len Van Heest Deserves Canada's Compassion

Ujjal Dosanjh | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Politics
Ujjal Dosanjh

On Monday March 6, 2017 you deported Len Van Heest, a Canadian for the last 59 years. Yes, a Canadian but without the citizenship papers. He has several convictions for assault, mischief and uttering threats -- all stemming from and related to his mental illness, the bipolar disorder.

A Tale Of Two Canadas – With Muslims In The Middle

Jeewan Chanicka | Posted 02.27.2017 | Canada Living
Jeewan Chanicka

When they show hate, we will continue to show love. We cannot allow the Conservative party and its hate-inspired identity politics to destroy a vision we continue to build. The people united, will never be defeated.

The Sharks Should Be Circling Kevin O'Leary

Keith Beardsley | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

As O'Leary or his campaign team commits another blunder by posting a video of him having fun at a shooting range just as the funerals for the Mosque victims in Quebec starts, sharks of every colour -- blue, red, orange and green -- should be circling around him.

It's Time Canadians Finally Pushed For A Sugar Tax That Sticks

Jon Telch | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Living
Jon Telch

Implementing a sugar tax and designing it based on lengthy consultation with stakeholders across Canada is a commitment that the government will be able to meet with relative ease.

Carbon Tax Won't Make Canada A Climate Leader If Nobody Follows

F. Larry Martin | Posted 01.25.2017 | Canada Politics
F. Larry Martin

Climate change is "Made in China," but they get off scot-free. We need to admit one simple truth: handicapping Canadians with a tax will have zero effect on global climate change. However, that doesn't mean we can't exert influence and pursue real solutions.

This Scandal Is About The Prime Minister's Actions, Not The Aga Khan

Garnett Genuis | Posted 01.23.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

In light of the prime minister's recent visit with the Aga Khan, a lot of people are asking questions about who the Aga Khan is and what his objectives are. This is a real scandal which raises real questions about Justin Trudeau's ethics. It in no way detracts from the charitable work of the Aga Khan. This scandal is about the prime minister's actions, not the Aga Khan's.

Canada Is One Step Closer To Banning Cosmetic Animal Testing

Natacha Cole | Posted 01.03.2017 | Canada Politics
Natacha Cole

The Cruelty-Free Cosmetics Act passed its second reading on December 14th, 2016 with strong Senate support. If the act becomes law, it seeks to ban cosmetic animal testing in Canada and the sale of cosmetic products and ingredients that have been newly tested on animals outside of the country.

Has Trudeau Set A Record For Broken Promises?

Bruce Moncur | Posted 12.20.2016 | Canada
Bruce Moncur

I have put Prime Minister Trudeau up for a Guinness World Record. Not for most selfies by a world leader, or kilometres traveled abroad in the first year as leader. Record 161124012737mbep states "Most Broken Election Promises by a Western Democracy."

Tories, NDP Look Forward To New Leaders, Challenges For PM In 2017

CP | Joanna Smith | Posted 12.16.2016 | Canada Politics

The new year will bring a clearer sense of direction in both substance and style as preparations begin in earnest for the next election cycle.

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.