Canada Conservatives

The UCCB Isn't About Parents - It's About the Election

Brent Rathgeber | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Brent Rathgeber

Both Treasury Board Guidelines and the Ethics Commission state it is inappropriate for a government official to blur the lines between a government and a partisan announcement. However, Minister Pierre Poilievre felt no apparent shame. He was quick to point out that neither the Liberals nor the New Democrats support the UCCB (a half-truth at best). Accordingly, he was not so subtly attempting to persuade an apparently gullible public that only the Conservatives could be trusted to protect families. It's not new for governments to attempt to play politics with taxpayer money; but vote buying has rarely felt more shameless.

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.

Canada Post's Community Mailboxes Are a Disgrace

David Martin | Posted 07.14.2015 | Canada Business
David Martin

I was surprised to receive an envelope in the mail from Canada Post informing me that our neighborhood would be converting to so-called community mailboxes next year. Having read the odd news item about their latest plan, I guess I shouldn't have been surprised but maybe I was simply in denial. Maybe I couldn't believe that Canada Post would do something this outrageous and arbitrary.

Trudeau's Uninspired Platform Makes Mulcair the Obvious Choice

Samuel Getachew | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

In the absence of a clear-cut vision from the Liberals, the NDP has become the reasonable alternative. The party is now on record voting against Bill C-51 and voicing a strong opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. Mulcair has advocated for a national child care policy worth $8 billion and proposed targeted tax cuts for families.

"At Least We're Not That Bad" and Other Potential Federal Election Slogans

David Martin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

In anticipation of the next federal election, the Conservatives launched an ad campaign last September with the less-than-inspiring slogan, "We're better off with Harper." No expression of grand ideas for Canada. No glorious visions for our national future.

Is Canada Destined to Be Ruled by the Same Two Political Parties?

Samer Majzoub | Posted 05.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

Canadians throughout the years have been convinced that they have only one choice to choose between either of the Liberals or Conservatives. This particular "doctrine" has ruled out any opportunity for other political parties to rule the nation in any way.

Tory Fundraising Machine Goes Into Overdrive

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Conservative party fundraising machine has gone into overdrive while New Democrats and Liberals seem to have stalled during the first qua...

Polls Matter in Alberta -- But Campaign Ideas Matter More

Brooks DeCillia | Posted 05.01.2015 | Canada Alberta
Brooks DeCillia

What is happening in Alberta? Conservatives, after all, are a constant in the prairie province. As certain as the Bow River swells every spring, Albertans habitually re-elect Progressive Conservatives.

Can Alberta Voters Trust the Results of the Forthcoming Election?

Terezia Farkas | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Alberta
Terezia Farkas

The last Alberta election held in 2012 had concerns and complaints about election wrongdoings. Can voters be sure that whoever wins the 2015 Alberta election does so fairly?

The Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism Asks Iranian-Canadians "Why Are You Here?"

Susan Khazaeli | Posted 04.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Khazaeli

Mr. Leung asked a member of the audience, "If you like Iran so much then why do you come to Canada?" He then demanded to know: "Why are you here?" Some audience members were so offended by his comments and his dismissive attitude -- which one attendee characterized as "arrogant" -- that they decided to leave the event. Mr. Leung is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. It kind of sounds like a bad joke, doesn't it?

How to Tackle Canada's Privacy Deficit

David Christopher | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
David Christopher

Anyone can be a victim of surveillance. If you've used any of over a hundred popular file-hosting websites in the past three years, chances are you've had your online activity collected and analyzed by CSEC, acting without a warrant and with no independent oversight. There is a great deal that can be done to tackle our privacy deficit.

Why Did the Liberals Vote For Bill C-13 After Fiercely Opposing It?

Eva Prkachin | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Eva Prkachin

Like an overwhelming number of Canadians, you said -- publicly -- that you didn't want to grant telecom providers immunity for handing over our sensitive private information to government without a warrant. But then at the last minute something changed. You voted for the Bill in Parliament, and I don't mind telling you that was a huge disappointment. I also can't help but detect a hint of shame in the blog post that you wrote explaining why you turned around and supported the Bill after speaking out so vociferously against it.

Is Trudeau's Positive Approach His Greatest Asset?

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 03.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Often, the attitude in retaliation to anything -- political strategies included -- is one of "if we can't beat them, we'll join them." So why, then, has Justin Trudeau's Liberal party taken the opposite approach?

The Real Reason Canadians Pay Higher Prices Than Americans For the Same Products

Mark Milke | Posted 02.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

The United States and Canada do not allow for full competition, but Americans benefit from a bigger market given their much larger population. Thus, a continental market in airline travel would serve passengers if an American airline could compete head-to-head with Canadian airlines on domestic routes. But the federal government won't allow it. The result? Higher airline fares in Canada.

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.

Why I Left the Conservatives To Run for the NDP

Ethan Rabidoux | Posted 02.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Ethan Rabidoux

Mark Twain once said 'Give a man the reputation of an early riser and that man can sleep until noon.' Stephen Harper and Brian Mulroney are responsible for three quarters of the national debt. Harper alone has added $170 billion. The Liberals get the rest. How either one gets away with even pretending to be fiscally responsible baffles me. Both parties have slept in well past noon. It's time for a rude awakening.

Canada Needs Zero Tolerance For Its Own 'Barbaric Cultural Practices'

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Forced marriages? Women forced to give birth in private and give away their children? Women trying to end an unwanted pregnancy with a coat hanger and the help of some back-alley doctor? All barbaric acts condoned, perpetuated, or conveniently ignored by the Catholic Church right here in Canada only a few decades ago. How soon we forget and pretend we're the evolved ones now...

5 Political Terms That Don't Mean What People Think They Do

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

This past summer I was lucky enough to go on a 10-week book tour all over North America. What surprised me was to find out how much people stood behind their politics without realizing that they were often calling themselves the wrong thing. Here's a few examples.

We Must Stop the Epidemic of Conservatism in Canada

Josh Bowman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Bowman

The values we used to be most proud of as Canadians are slipping away. We used to differentiate ourselves from the States because of our kindness. Our compassion. Our politeness. Our open-mindedness. Socialized medicine. These are progressive values. These are Canadian values. Or so I thought. Our heros have been fighters for the underdog. Tommy Douglas. David Suzuki. Jack Layton. Nellie McClung. Terry Fox. Yet somehow, most Canadians seem to be saying that progressive values don't speak to them anymore.

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 ...

The CRA Should Not Define Poverty's Threshold

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Business
Murtaza Haider

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has recently forced Oxfam Canada to exclude "preventing poverty" from their mission statement in order to keep their charity status. Now a fundamental question needs to be answered. Why does the CRA think that charities have to wait for individuals to fall into poverty's trap before the charities can help the disadvantaged? Isn't prevention better than a cure? The bigger concern, however, is with a black-and-white definition of poverty. The assumption that one is not poor one day, but wakes up to be poor the next day is completely flawed.

When Harper Killed the Census He Robbed Canadians

Murtaza Haider | Posted 09.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

An ad in the Globe and Mail reveals the extent of harm the Harper Conservatives have inflicted on Statistics Canada. Because of poor quality, Statistics Canada is not releasing data at finer spatial scales because the Harper Conservatives killed the mandatory long-form Census and replaced it with a voluntary survey of dubious quality.

Do You Use All Three Forms of Communication?

Mary Donohue | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada
Mary Donohue

If you can master this skill our research demonstrates that you can increase trust in leadership by 9 per cent in as little as 13 weeks. What does this mean to business higher productivity? Less churn. What does the mean to politicians, the difference between losing and winning, especially in a horse race election like Ontario's.

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 Myth of Open Nomination Contests

Keith Beardsley | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Nomination battles are fascinating to watch and if you are part of one it is an exhilarating experience. The hype of "open nominations" will continue as all parties try to prove to the media and public that there is a new way of doing business now. Let us see how long it takes before we start hearing complaints from potential challengers about how they were dealt with during this "open" process.