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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.

Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

Neil Seeman | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Neil Seeman

Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? Have no doubt: the Ontario premier is an insignificant figure on the world stage. Premier Wynne: Welcome to the new economy. Young people are more politically engaged and self-aware than older generations. Want to stop an election scandal or influence Senate reform? Don't write a letter to the editor of legacy print media. Start a YouTube channel. Tell us the truth and we might vote. We're smarter than you think we are.

The Conservatives' Clever Ploy With the Truth in Sentencing Act

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

While certainly the Harper government wishes to reduce the discretion of justices in almost every scenario, I view subsection 3.1 as an escape valve. This legislation is ideological but it is also strategically drafted. Creating an escape clause to the general rule, while also leaving "the circumstances" undefined and ambiguous was done so that the legislation would survive a challenge.

Has Canada Lost Its "Cool"?

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

We've always loved being such a "cool" country. We've loved our own brand. We've loved comparing ourselves to our gigantic southern neighbour and bragging about our much more progressive, much more "worldly" social values...from racial integration, to gender equality, our social safety net, our smaller income disparity, lower crime rates, gun laws, gay marriage, environmental sensitivity -- you name it! We just loved being the continental superstars and we always corrected every unaware European who would dare call us "American." But is that still the case?

A Quick Reference Guide to the Conservatives' 2013 Biennial Convention

Daniel Dickin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The three-day convention is broken down into a mixture of information sessions, speeches and debates on policy and constitution resolutions, concluding in votes on these debates. The policy declaration serves as the Conservative government's mandate to implement the policies desired by the Conservative grassroots, while the national constitution governs the operations of the party.

Was Rob Ford Talking About Drugs on the Danforth?

Amy MacPherson | Posted 10.11.2013 | Canada
Amy MacPherson

Ford used his party time on the Danforth to seek the spotlight while posing for countless pictures. He knew all eyes were on him because he was smiling for the attention. He knows the cloud of suspicion that surrounds him is darkening the city's reputation and causing dysfunction within city council. He honestly doesn't even seem to care.

Cabinet Shuffle and the Road to 2015

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada
Hassan Arif

A cabinet shuffle can be a means to revive a political brand. In the case of the Harper Conservative government, the recent cabinet shuffle was an at...

Climate Change Narratives Must Speak to the Public

Sangita Iyer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are becoming all too common, as they turn out to be more frequent and furious than ever before. Environmental advocates are quick to point out the "teachable moments" by linking the drastic weather patterns to climate change. However, they need to walk the fine line to ensure that they don't come across as overzealous or self-righteous in their attempts to spur public engagement, as this could turn people off and thwart even their most sincere and genuine efforts.

Half Of Voters Don't See Conservatives As An Option

CBC | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Politics

Half of Canadians would not consider voting for the Conservatives in the next federal election, a new Nanos Research poll suggests. In an...

Is Justin Trudeau A Conservative?

Tom Kott | Posted 06.30.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Trudeau is trying to find a new niche for the Liberal Party. A preliminary look indicated that he is trying to take the Conservative party's old right-of-centre spot on the ideological spectrum. With fewer differences between the two parties, Trudeau's youth and vitality may come as an asset in 2015 when Canadians go to the polls.

7 Conservative Tricks To Faking A Balanced Budget

Ralph Goodale | Posted 06.26.2013 | Canada
Ralph Goodale

In Budget 2013, the Conservatives claim they'll eliminate their deficit by 2015. Isn't that convenient -- just on the eve of the next federal election! A close look at their financial plans provides ample reason to be suspicious. Here are seven of their fiscal tricks:

Canadian Jews Can and Will Vote with a Social Conscience

Bernie Farber | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Bernie Farber

B'nai Brith Canada's Frank Dimant insinuates that there's something "new" about Canadian Jews taking an interest in Aboriginal issues, child poverty and social housing.These matters have been part of the "Jewish agenda" here in Canada ever since Jews began to immigrate here more than 100 years ago. It's not even "new" to B'nai Brith Canada.

Tom Flanagan and the Decline of Academic Freedom in Canada

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

After Tom Flanagan, a professor at the University of Calgary, remarked at a University of Lethbridge lecture that he had grave doubts for jailing thos...

Great Leaders are Born from St. Francis Xavier University - Fact or Fiction?

Sarena Dharshi | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sarena Dharshi

When questioned upon the divide between the progressive conservative values from his time in office to the conservative values of today, I heard the "has become more right-of-centre" one too many times, paired with his opinion that the party has maintained similar ideologies, thought processes and policies.

Paradox of Politics Creates the Ultimate Ballot Dilemma in Calgary Centre

Paul Hughes | Posted 01.14.2013 | Canada Alberta
Paul Hughes

From a progressive's point-of-view 1 Calgary Centre is ambitious, commendable, daring, timely and incredibly brilliant. From a conservative perspective, it is a nightmare. But will it work?

WATCH: Is Canada Tilting Right?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Politics

Is Canada drifiting to the right? Canada's Conservative government is cracking down on immigration fraud, has scrapped the long-gun registry and is ta...

Harper, Mulcair And End-Of-Summer Polls

Vincent St. Pierre | Posted 09.04.2012 | Canada Alberta
Vincent St. Pierre

Polling is a long haul game. Jitters of points inside margins of errors don't showcase who has different levels of support or who is the newest front runner in the media past time of political horse races.

Forget the Rules, Harper Won't Penalize You if You're Conservative

Tyler Sommers | Posted 09.26.2012 | Canada Politics
Tyler Sommers

The federal Conservatives responded to the influence-peddling charges that former Prime Minister Harper adviser Bruce Carson is facing by issuing a statement saying those who don't follow the rules face the consequences. This is a deeply hypocritical statement from the Conservatives whose leader has done nothing to penalize dozens of Conservative Cabinet ministers and MPs who violated federal good government rules.

Elizabeth May: Exposing the Fauxmnibus Bill

Mark Crowley | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

Maybe I'm starting to sound like a shameless Elizabeth May fanboy but that's only because...I'm a shameless Elizabeth May fanboy! How can you not be when she gets up in the House, as she did Monday, and makes an epic speech -- one of the greatest pieces of parliamentary argument we've seen in a Ottawa since forever.

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.

Every Wildrose Has its Thorn

Jonathan Naymark | Posted 07.01.2012 | Canada
Jonathan Naymark

It's tempting to look at the rise of Danielle Smith's Wildrose Party as an Alberta-only phenomenon. But if current polls hold true, the Wildrose, which garnered only seven per cent of the popular vote in Alberta's 2008 provincial election, is set to topple Alison Redford's Progressive Conservative Government on Monday.

Outrageous? A Government Agency That Essentially Does Nothing

CBC | Posted 03.19.2012 | Canada Politics

A federal agency created by the Harper government with great political fanfare in 2008 is costing millions of dollars to achieve pretty m...

Shut Out: Opposition MPs on Kyoto Decision

Dennis Bevington | Posted 02.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Dennis Bevington

We were not welcome when minister Kent was announcing that Canada would not be part of a second Kyoto treaty. Unfortunately, Canada's new majority Conservative government feels there is no need for different points of view regardless of how many facts support them.

Is the Supreme Court Headed Right?

Daniel Del Gobbo | Posted 01.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Daniel Del Gobbo

A concern regarding the appointments of Justices Andromache Karakatsanis and Michael Moldaver to the Supreme Court is that they may skew the Court's ideological balance to the right. As a bleeding-heart small "l" liberal, writing this over a soy latte and quinoa salad packed for lunch, you'd think I would be more worried.

Hudak Needed a Campaign of Silence

Peter Worthington | Posted 12.11.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

When Dalton McGuinty was down in the polls, Hudak seemed prepared to let the Liberals self-destruct without comment from him. Maybe if Hudak had run a campaign on silence, instead of uttering banalities and refusing to answer certain pointed questions, he'd have done better in Toronto and urban centres.