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Gord Downie's Hug With Trudeau Had Nothing To Do With Politics

Christine Johnson | Posted 08.23.2016 | Canada Living
Christine Johnson

I don't give a s*** whether you are Liberal, Conservative or none of the above, sometimes it's not about that. Let's all do the Canadian thing and join our prime minister in sending Gord Downie and the Hip our best wishes, send them tons of strength and love in the coming months and beyond.

The Unexamined Significance Of Donald Trump

Joe Killoran | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Joe Killoran

While most reasonable people are mystified and disgusted by the popularity of Donald Trump, his appeal isn't surprising considering the way the Republican party has conducted itself for the past 50 years. But while Trump is adept at using the type of bigotry the Republican Party has employed for decades, he deviates from Republican orthodoxy in the areas most important to Republican elites. And that makes all the difference.

Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.

Ezra Levant Sets Sail Again With The Rebel Cruise

The Huffington Post Canada | Evan Pang | Posted 02.19.2016 | Canada Politics

R&R matey!

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.

At Least An O'Leary Conservative Leadership Would Be Honest

Jerry Dias | Posted 01.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

That a man like Kevin O'Leary, famous for his nasty turn on the CBC's Dragon's Den TV show, would consider himself a good candidate to lead the Conservatives exposes what the right wing in this country is truly all about. He as leader would at least be an honest admission by the right about their true values.

Canada Welcomes The Return Of Liberal Democracy

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada
Henry Mintzberg

Now Justin Trudeau is defining Canada, at home and abroad. But of course, Canada has defined Justin Trudeau. Can we imagine anyone who is more quintessentially Canadian, in his open, compassionate, and thoughtful style; and thoroughly bilingual, to boot?

Excessive Spending Will Not Lead To Sunny Ways

Erin O'Toole | Posted 12.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Erin O'Toole

Sunny ways leadership is about setting priorities and convincing citizens about the need for these priorities to ensure we have a bright future. It is about being honest with people and at times making difficult choices and explaining why you have to make them. Being all things to all people is not sunny ways leadership, nor is simply doubling or adding a zero to the investments of your predecessor. That appears to be the central hallmark of the new government. Spending is already wildly out of control.

When a Majority Is Not a Majority

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

only 39 per cent of those who voted chose Liberal candidates. Four years ago the Conservatives took 39 per cent of the popular vote and were also a "majority." The "majority" before that was another Liberal one. The last time we had a real majority government in Canada was back in 1984 when the Mulroney Conservatives got 50.03 per cent of the popular vote.

How Do the Leaders Rate Post-Munk Debate?

Ian Capstick | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada Politics
Ian Capstick

Each of the leaders would present a different face of Canada to the world. Mulcair clearly demonstrated a new NDP approach to the realm of foreign affairs for Canada. Trudeau worked hard to dig into his opponents, but didn't present himself as a possible world leader. Stephen Harper managed to stay out of any major trouble and reinforced his image as a "tough on terror" PM.

Sorry Harper, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Is Still Not a Done Deal

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

A year ago -- Sept. 26 to be exact -- Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The flights alone cost $300,000.

Stephen Harper's Islamophobia Is a Product of Canadian Muslim Apathy

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

We have seen how "Islamicism" has become a convenient tool for the government to employ a more aggressive foreign policy. Although it's easy for Canadian Muslims to lay blame on the Conservatives and Stephen Harper for such discriminatory and exploitative tactics (and doing so would be justifiable), it would also be disingenuous. The current situation is simply a culmination of years of political apathy from the Muslim community whose voter turnout is consistently below the national average.

Conservatives' Take on Assisted Dying Plays Politics With Peoples' Lives

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 09.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

This summer, the Conservative government quietly announced that it had struck a panel of experts to consult Canadians on their views on assisted dying -- nearly six months after the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on assisted dying. No matter that 84 per cent of Canadians support physician assisted dying, or that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled it is a patient right. The Conservative government has consistently opposed it.

Why Don Meredith Is Not an Embarrassment to the Black Community

ByBlacks.com | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Politics
ByBlacks.com

Don Meredith's fall from grace is seen as a collective one, because there are a lot of black people who see his presence in the Senate as a collective achievement; he's seen as "one of us who made it to the top." We are so eager to see black faces in positions of power that we get caught up in the "excitement" of seeing someone who looks like us on the political stage, and we fail to pull back the curtain.

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: