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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.

Last Month We Passed The Climate 'Red Line'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Impact
Mike Hudema

Two degrees is the absolute red line that scientists say the world must not pass if we are to have any chance of stopping a growing climate crisis before it spins beyond our control. The 2-degree mark was only breached temporarily but it is a worrying sign that everyone, especially our elected leaders, need to pay attention to.

Here's An Entirely Legitimate Exit Strategy On The Saudi Arms Deal

Cesar Jaramillo | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Cesar Jaramillo

Questions about the dubious eligibility of Saudi Arabia as a recipient of Canadian-made military equipment have been raised for over two years. Yet two successive governments have failed to address the most basic question: how can the authorization of this deal be consistent with the human-rights safeguards of Canadian export controls?

Why I Would Make A Great Senator

David Martin | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

Dear Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments: I hear that you're looking for a few good men (and women, too, of course) to quickly fill five Senate seats from the provinces with the most vacancies, namely Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec. Luckily for you folks, I'm available right now.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier And Canada's Sunny And Not So Sunny Ways

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

From the late 19th century on, Laurier's sunny ways emerged as a euphemism for finding the political middle ground or compromise when addressing complex issues. The specific compromise in question was on the thorny issue of Catholic and French language education in Manitoba.

We Are Looking Forward, To Build A Better Public Service

Scott Brison | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Scott Brison

This generation is among the most talented, educated and globally connected ever. While some of the experiences and expectations of these young people are unique to their cohort, they have much in common with Canadian workers of all ages and backgrounds: they are looking for a way to make a difference -- be it at the local, national, or global level. The federal public service must innovate to attract more young people. We need less rigid hierarchies, fewer layers of bureaucracy, more open and transparent decision making, a culture of intelligent risk taking, more opportunity for continuous learning, and greater mobility in and out of government.

The Conservatives' Rhetoric On Pipelines Is A Blast From The Past

Greg MacNeil | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.