Conservative Party of Canada

David Cameron Borrows From Harper's Election Playbook

Christopher Sands | Posted 04.02.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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...

Canada's Economic Action Force Doesn't Help the Labour Force

Christopher Smillie | Posted 12.31.2014 | Canada Business
Christopher Smillie

Missing from the plan, however, are important policy enablers for the Canadian labour force. Canada is faced with a changed economy and the labour force has to be more flexible and mobile than ever to meet the demands of employers.

Whatever Happened To That Jihadi Tracking Tool The Tories Promised?

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative government is three months late on delivering a tracking system it continues to tout as a means of stopping homegrown terror...

Mulcair Was the One Out of Line at Question Period

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 11.24.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Mulcair made the biggest blunder in the exchange at Tuesday's Question Period. His frustration in his inability to get the government to respond is understandable, but as the rules currently dictate, the Speaker was enforcing the rules of Parliament. Mulcair's criticism of the Speaker in this scenario is thus akin to disrespecting the institution of Parliament itself.

Tories Using Provocateurs To Attack Liberals

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Conservatives are putting a new twist on an old tactic: spying on political opponents.They're no longer content to send observers to ...

B.C. Tory MP Reveals Frustration Over Work Sacrifices

The Huffington Post B.C. | Sara Harowitz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada British Columbia

A Conservative B.C. MP's personal Facebook post gives a rare glimpse into the life of a federal politician and the need to be "politically correct all...

By-Elections: Liberal Momentum Grows While the NDP's Situation Deteriorates

Ralph Goodale | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

In Ontario, in the one riding the Liberals had previously held (Scarborough-Agincourt), the Party was re-elected with Arnold Chan getting some 60 per cent of the popular vote. In the seat previously belonging to NDP powerhouse Olivia Chow (Trinity-Spadina), the NDP lost to Liberal Adam Vaughan who polled over 53 per cent.

Del Mastro's Trial Starts Tomorrow

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.22.2014 | Canada Politics

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. - A member of Parliament once tasked with defending the Harper Conservatives against voter fraud allegations goes on trial Monday, ...

Tory Plan Benefits This Province Most

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Employment Minister Jason Kenney says the Harper government has no intention of backing away from its income splitting pledge, despite a new ...

The Conservatives Have Made a Complete Mess of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program

Jinny Sims | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Jinny Sims

The CBC reports that the Canadian Border Services Agency raided an employer paying temporary foreign workers next to nothing to work at mall kiosks in 2011. Yet for three years, that employer was permitted to continue hiring foreign workers -- his permits were never pulled, his name was never put on the employer blacklist, and he never faced criminal charges.

The "Unfair" Elections Act Is Classic Stephen Harper

Justin Beach | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

I've been getting piles of emails, Facebook messages and invites about the Conservatives 'Fair Elections Act'.  I haven't really responded to the...

Top Court Bites Harper Government

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The bell has sounded ending one more round in what is shaping up to be a long-running bout between the county's highest court and the Harper ...

CPC Executive Director Resigns

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative party lost top 2015 election organizer Dimitri Soudas Sunday, amid mounting concerns he was using his position to help his f...

Dimitri Soudas Fired

CBC | Posted 05.30.2014 | Canada Politics

Dimitri Soudas has been forced out as the Conservative Party of Canada's executive director after trying to interfere with his fiancée's C...

Althia Raj

Tories Defend Spending Millions On Outside Lawyers

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.28.2014 | Canada Politics

UPDATE, March 28: The Conservative Government tabled a revised version of their legal costs Thursday, bumping the total number spent on outside legal ...

Althia Raj

How Did Ottawa Spend Half A Billion On Lawyers?

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 03.27.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has spent $482 million on outside legal fees since it came to power in 2006. And more than $447,045 to defend...

The Fair Elections Act Will Make It Harder For Canadians to Vote

Craig Scott | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Craig Scott

The bill eliminates two methods of voting that have proven effective in enfranchising voters. One is the long-standing Canadian practice of vouching that allowed 120,000 people to vote in 2011. The other is Elections Canada's expanded use of its Voter Identification Cards (VICs) for youth attending university, seniors in residence, and Aboriginal people living on reserve.

Don't Blame the Unions For Your Behaviour, Mr. Fantino

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's behaviour towards a group of veterans last week disgusted me. And, when he blamed his behaviour on the actions of a union I became outraged. The union may very well have told the veterans a one-sided story about how their poor members are being hard done-by. That doesn't excuse the minister's behaviour. As a free public service for cabinet ministers and others in leadership roles, I'm going to offer up some completely unsolicited advice, right here, right now, at no charge. When a veteran is angry with you for being late, you say, "I'm sorry."