Conservative Government

Forget Sochi, the Tories' Budget Deserves a Medal

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Economic Action Plan 2014 is what Canada needs. It continues to support jobs and growth; supports families and communities; and highlights the road to a balanced budget in 2015 without cutting transfers to individuals or the provinces.

Are the Harper Conservatives Joking When They Claim to be Women's Saviours?

Kirsty Duncan | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Kirsty Duncan

In case you missed it, the Harper Conservatives claim that they have "done more for women and girls across Canada than any other government." The actual evidence simply does not support such a wild claim. Instead of addressing pay equity, the lack of which means about $126 billion in lost income potential of women in Canada, former Heritage Minister Bev Oda was more interested in freeing up $700,000 from unnecessary rent and utility bills after a $5 million funding cut to Status of Women. One out of three women in Canada suffers violence.

Think Harper Doesn't Raise Taxes? That's What He Wants You to Think

Ralph Goodale | Posted 11.23.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

A government's claims of economic competence must surely depend upon a sound record in certain crucial areas -- such as economic growth, debt reduction, balanced budgets and management of the tax burden. On all four counts, the Harper regime is a serious disappointment. As for taxes, that's where Mr. Harper brags the most. But check reality! While claiming they never raise taxes, the Harper Conservatives have in fact increased the net tax burden on Canadians in each of their last four budgets. It happens in dozens of nefarious ways which they hope you won't notice.

Why Canada Can't Handle Disasters

Colin Kenny | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Colin Kenny

One of the most frustrating characteristics of the Harper government is that it announces that it intends to take big steps forward on various issues of national importance, then takes furtive steps backward when nobody is looking. This promise-and-retreat routine has stricken our country's capacity to prepare for -- and respond to -- national emergencies, like the recent floods in Alberta and the train wreck in Lac-Mégantic.

Stephen Harper Wants You to Major In Military

Yves Engler | Posted 10.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

The Conservatives' militarism is unrelenting. Last month, the Harper government launched a Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative at the University of Alberta. The program "allow[s] people to simultaneously obtain a university degree while also gaining leadership experience in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Reserves." The four-year Civil Military Leadership Pilot Initiative will be "co-directed by the University of Alberta and the CAF" and the government hopes to export this "test model" to other universities. The program is an attempt to reestablish the Canadian Officer Training Corps, which was offered at universities from 1912 until 1968.

Feds Spent $700,000 On War Of 1812 Manuscripts

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.19.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A massive trove of books, maps and manuscripts from the War of 1812 now belong to Canada.The federal government has paid nearly $700,000 at a...

Franke James and the Art of Activism

Kevin Grandia | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

In 2011, Canadian artist Franke James set out on a solo European art exhibit spanning 20 countries. But what happened instead, prompted an Amnesty International campaigner in Croatia to declare it a "sad day for Canadian democracy."

Canada Could Be a Leader in Anti-Wildlife Poaching

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The Conservative government could have taken a much bolder stance on wildlife poaching, especially given the recent Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Canada has even more power to coerce China into bringing forth sweeping changes to it's treatment of animals and the environment.

The White House Rally That Puts Canada's Reputation on the Line

Kevin Grandia | Posted 04.15.2013 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

The battle over Keystone XL has been brewing for more than four years. With a final decision on Keystone expected from President Obama as soon as the next month or so, the situation has reached a fever pitch: on February 17 in front of the White House, if expectations hold true, we will witness the largest rally ever held in the U.S. on the issue of climate change. More than 20,000 people will gather to lobby for action on climate change and to pressure their president to disallow the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. These tens-of-thousands of everyday Americans, whether they know it or not, are protesting Canada as much as they are the Keystone project.

It's Time to Stand Together and Share This Land

Reilly Yeo | Posted 03.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Reilly Yeo

We must offer support by sharing First Nations perspectives, and remembering that some truths are simple: we have to share this land together in a fair way that reflects a real understanding of its history. This Friday, a global day of action provides an opportunity for us all to stand together.

Abandoning the Stage of Federal Water Stewardship

Francis Scarpaleggia | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Francis Scarpaleggia

The Harper government is skilled at paying lip service to deeply-entrenched Canadian values while often de- facto moving public policy away from those values. There is perhaps no better example of this double-sided strategy than in the area of federal water policy.

How Kenney Is Killing Refugee Health Care

Ritika Goel | Posted 02.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Ritika Goel

Today, Jason Kenney and the Conservative government announce a controversial list of countries that will determine who does and does not get access to healthcare in this country. This is what the government has facetiously called "public health and safety coverage" illuminating their limited understanding of the field of public health. As a family doctor working with refugees and refugee claimants, the potential impacts of this policy are horrifying. We will no doubt see individuals left with no choice but to allow their health to worsen before seeking services. It seems to me that this is a lose-lose situation.

Changes to the Criminal Code: Now Easy as 1, 2, 3

Irwin Cotler | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

This coming week, Parliament will vote on my amendments to Bill C-299, Conservative legislation that would impose a mandatory minimum sentence of five years on people who kidnap children. It would seem as though this would be just the kind of issue on which members of all parties could collaborate in good faith. Instead, however, this bill has become a prime example of how excessive haste -- and an uncooperative attitude toward parliamentary opposition -- can make for bad law and bad policy. It should be deeply troubling to Canadians that the laws governing our criminal justice system are being altered quite so nonchalantly. Surely, despite our differences on principle and policy we can at least agree that any proposed changes to the Criminal Code should be the object of serious scrutiny and debate.

Is There Really a 1% Group for Canadian Healthcare?

Andrew Boozary | Posted 09.18.2012 | Canada
Andrew Boozary

The Harper government may choose to believe that a divided society is not bad for the economy, or that wealth will trickle down. Canadians from across the country may have to assure him that health will surely not. Canada has fared better than other nations in the global economic crisis, but success stories have not followed those who prescribed austerity.

Is Bev Oda the Latest Victim in Harper's War on Women's Rights?

Rachel Décoste | Posted 09.03.2012 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

As MP Bev Oda has chosen to abort not only her ministership, but her political career, the bombshell has informed a troubling narrative on Harper's Conservatives' treatment of womankind. As the Harper government's war on women rages on, anti-woman proposals which have been blighting in the right-wing fringe for years have come to fruition.

Harper's Secret Plot to Fan Pundit Paranoia

J.J. McCullough | Posted 07.10.2012 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Is Stephen Harper quietly working to "re-brand" Canada? Is his government emphasizing the military, the monarchy and select episodes of Canadian history in order to create a competing brand of right-wing Canadian nationalism and divert attention from the great symbols of Liberal patriotism, like medicare and Lester Pearson? The pundit class thinks so.

Tories' Orwellian Stranglehold on the Press

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 07.05.2012 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

The Conservative government, and the new CBC/Radio-Canada code of ethics violate the principles of independence, and impartiality that are so closely associated with the profession of journalism, and are a serious threat to the preservation of Canadian democracy, where freedom of the press is a fundamental value enshrined in our Constitution.

Watching the Watchdog: Seriously, This Is What the Media Complains About

Tim Knight | Posted 06.29.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

So what do 300 Canadian journalists bitch about when they get together for their annual conference? Speaker after speaker had the same complaint: Canadian authorities are preventing Canadian journalists practicing journalism in this participatory democracy.

Watching the Watchdog: CBC Got Its Mojo Back at NDP Convention

Tim Knight | Posted 05.26.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

For broadcast journalists, covering a party convention is the ultimate challenge. Adrenaline surges. Competition is fierce. Reputations are made and lost. At the NDP convention this weekend Mansbridge covered politics. And relished it. And chewed it up and spat it out.

Members of Parliament Controlled From Behind the Curtain

Keith Beardsley | Posted 12.21.2011 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Control from the backrooms was always there, but never to the extent that it is now. Until the present generation of MPs, especially in the Conservative caucus, stand up to PMO (and other MPs to their respective leader's offices), not much will happen to improve their lot or that of MPs in general.

Althia Raj

Harper Focuses On Economy In Speech To Caucus

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 11.08.2011 | Canada Politics

The Conservative Party invited the media to attend Harper's speech to caucus. The short length of the speech — 4 minutes and 11 seconds — took ...

Rebuilding Confidence When Our Infrastructure Is Crumbling

Deborah Coyne | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada
Deborah Coyne

Recently, two major transportation arteries in Montreal have been disrupted because of partial structural collapses. These events are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of crumbling bridges, tunnels, roads, and sewers, and inadequate municipal transit and water purification systems across Canada.