Conservative Party of Canada

The Conservatives Are Fawning Over One of the World's Most Repressive Regimes

Yves Engler | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Yves Engler

Last week new Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson continued a Harper government tradition of lauding deceased Saudi royalty. In a release the MP from Niagara Falls said he was "deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Al-Faisal" and "impressed by his distinguished career serving the people of Saudi Arabia." Of course, Nicholson omitted any mention of the former Saudi foreign minister's efforts to undermine the Arab Spring democracy movement or arm the fundamentalist opposition to Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, which has led to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

What If Trudeau Was Right About ISIS?

Lionel Fritz Adimi | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Lionel Fritz Adimi

Justin Trudeau has said that, if elected, he would end ISIS' combat mission. Further operations in the region will only benefit ISIS, as it has become a major source of attraction for foreign fighters from all over the world, coming to defeat the West and establishing the caliphate. The West is losing the war against ISIS so far.

Harper's Conservative Party Doesn't Uphold Traditional Family Values

Gabriel Yiu | Posted 07.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Gabriel Yiu

Those who support the Conservatives see their party as practicing and upholding traditional family, moral and biblical values. Even though the Conservative government is extreme and disrespectful of science, knowledge, fact and rationality, its supporters would simply overlook faults even when they are glaring.

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is already taking measurements for new drapes in the Prime Minister's Office, but he might have a more pressing matter to deal with: whether he should even be allowed to contest this fall's election.

Top 20 Ridings Likely To Receive Most from Increased Child Care Benefit

CP | Posted 07.19.2015 | Canada Politics

Ottawa is increasing the value of the Universal Child Care Benefit starting Monday.

Tory, Suburban Ridings To Gain Most From Enriched Child Benefits

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

An analysis shows that many of the ridings to get the biggest cheques are in suburban Alberta and the ridings that surround Toronto

Timing Of Election Call A Political Calculus For Tories

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Once the election has begun, government institutions can no longer advertise unless they have a legal obligation to do so.

Canada Needs More Political Parties

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Coalitions are part of our democracy, part of many democracies. Politicians who don't believe in coalitions are like lawyers who don't believe in the law. All of our federal leader have shied away from this aspect of our democracy and shame on them for it.

Tory Supporters Really Like Country Music, Christian Books

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics

You might say they're a little bit country, a little bit Christian.

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau.

Why Election Campaigns Are Like Shark Week

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

To put it in its simplest terms, this election will be like a feeding frenzy -- there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. There is definitely a megashark in the water, he is ready to rip and tear his opponents apart to assert his role as the apex megashark. He's a shark, it's what they do.

Baird, MacKay Ridings Under Hot Conservative Nomination Battles

CBC | Posted 07.11.2015 | Canada Politics

The exit of two high-profile cabinet ministers has seen the Conservative Party holding hotly contested nomination battles in Ontario and Nova Scotia, ...

Gilles Duceppe Offers a Win-Win Alternative to Quebec Voters

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Now that Gilles Duceppe is back and has declared his willingness to support a coalition that would offer an alternative to the Conservatives and which is in Quebec's interest, the dilemma for voters in the province changes dramatically.

Canada Must Meet Our Obligations to Support Developing Countries

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Despite repeated requests from the NDP and Canadian civil society, the Conservatives refused to increase the Official Development Assistance budget. Canada now ranks among the worst OECD countries for ODA spending. Not only does this directly limit our ability to fulfill our mandate of poverty eradication, it hurts our credibility as a reliable partner for international development.

Omar Khadr's Release Can Offer an Important Lesson to Us All

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After being imprisoned for over a decade, Omar Khadr is now free on bail. In his first public appearance and media scrum, we witnessed not a mean-spirited radicalized militant, but rather, an articulate humbled young man, and in his own words, someone eager to "prove to [Canadians] that I'm more than what they thought of me."

U.K. Election Results Are a Warning to Justin Trudeau

Christopher Sands | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Canada's Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, has been riding high in the polls and many observers consider him well-positioned for the October general election. Yet Britain's election results contain some warning signs that Trudeau should heed. Voter behaviour in an actual election provides an insight into the complicated mood of a comparable electorate, and it would be a mistake not to observe and learn from Britain's example less than six months before Canadians go to the polls.

It's Time for a Comprehensive Review of Canada's Tax System

Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA | Posted 06.27.2015 | Canada Business
Gabe Hayos, FCPA, FCA

The Conservative budget's failure to initiate a process of comprehensive tax reform is a missed opportunity to lift Canada's prospects for long-term prosperity and growth. Tax reform and simplification would improve Canada's international competitiveness, productivity and economic growth, from both a personal and corporate perspective.

David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

Christopher Sands | Posted 06.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

In Canada, Stephen Harper led two minority governments before his 2011 win gave him a solid majority. Britain's David Cameron became prime minister in 2010 by virtue of a coalition with the Liberal Democrats and would clearly prefer a majority of his own. ‎By imitating Harper's Canadian Crunch, he may have improved his chances.

The London Group Challenging Stephen Harper's End to Home Delivery

Matt Price | Posted 05.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

Citizens in London are proving once again that the only way to get any respect from the Harper Conservatives is to talk directly to the voters. The issue is the proposed elimination of door-to-door postal delivery, an ideological gambit by the Harper government that has always seemed politically risky, if somebody were to work to make it so.

Forcing Women to Remove Their Niqabs Is Just Another Kind of Oppression

Jonathan Scott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Perhaps there is an element to which the Conservatives truly believe they are fighting a cultural and religious practice that they find repugnant. Even still, that seems far beyond the point, as has been stated many times by various commentators: a conservative man forcing a woman not to wear a niqab is effectively the same violation of her liberty as a conservative man forcing her to wear the niqab. What could be more Canadian than including someone's harmless religious practices in a citizenship ceremony, or really any other facet of public life?

It's Not What Liberals Gain With Eve Adams But What Conservatives Lose

Gavin Magrath | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gavin Magrath

With much ado about crossing the floor from the Conservative to the Liberal Party, the talk seems to centre on whether Justin Trudeau's Liberals gained much, if anything. That talk misses the point: the question is not what the Liberals got, but what the Conservatives lost. Coming on the heels of the clearly unplanned departure of John Baird, the real story is not the questionable value of the asset Trudeau has acquired but the fact that a sitting government member has crossed the floor to sit with a third party.

Harper Should Not Brag About His Fiscal Reputation

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) actually shrinking and despite having the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett, Stephen Harper seems keen to brag about the fiscal reputation of his Conservative Party. Well, let's take a close look. To begin with, here's an interesting question: How many Conservative Prime Ministers in all of the 20th century presented Canada with balanced budgets?

Why Conservatives Changed Reform Act Into 'Hope for Reform Act'

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.14.2015 | Canada
Duff Conacher

Conservative MPs had an historic, unprecedented chance to throw off their chains and empower themselves and all MPs, and political party riding associations, to represent voters. Instead, they changed the Reform Act to the "Hope for Reform Act," essentially giving up the chance to limit party leaders' powers.

The App That Could Give Tories 'Maximum' Election Day Advantage

CBC | Posted 02.08.2015 | Canada Politics

A little-noticed provision in the Conservative government's controversial bid to rewrite Canada's election laws could boost usage of a mobil...

Oliver Says 2015 Surplus Will Be $1.9 Billion

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.11.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Finance Minister Joe Oliver didn't exactly spoil Christmas, but he did make it clear Wednesday that the Conservative government's political r...