Canada Democracy

Mike Robinson Proved That Personality Matters In Politics

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.04.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

It seemed like everyone in Ottawa knew Mike Robinson far better than I did. And yet, like everyone else, I had been touched by his healthy and warm personality in ways that were unusual in that city. His greatest gift to us all, important or, like me, less so, is the sense of goodness and fairness he left us in a world where cut and thrust are essential tools of the trade. He was good in every way that we could possibly imagine that word.

Why Should The Privileged Majority Always Rule?

Sarah Scott | Posted 06.16.2016 | Canada Living
Sarah Scott

I probably belong to "the majority." I've not really ever had to fight for a right. I cannot recall a time when I have been looked down upon for the colour of my skin, my gender, who I married to or my economic worth. My life has an incredible amount of freedom. Yet I'm not entirely certain I would agree that the majority should always rule.

Althia Raj

Liberals Wave White Flag On Electoral Reform Committee

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Politics

It's a complete 180.

Listen Up, O'Leary: Democracy Doesn't Fit On A Spreadsheet

Jerry Dias | Posted 05.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

Kevin O'Leary premiers his new reality show this weekend -- an all-too real show, in fact. The man who made a name for himself as the loudest and most offensive cast member of the Dragon's Den reality TV show will be testing the waters at the Conservative Party convention this weekend for a possible leadership bid. He would be a terrible leader. Terrible for the Conservatives and terrible for the national debate in this country. Being offensive and insensitive to the very real needs and wishes of Canadians is not leadership and it's certainly not prime ministerial.

Big Oil Distorts Discourse To Fuel Its Bottom Line

DeSmog Canada | Posted 05.17.2016 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

We've all seen a chart like it: logos of corporations connected by thin lines to other logos, linking dozens of subsidiaries to spin-offs of even larger companies. But such diagrams rarely involve Canada or the fossil fuel companies that dominate lobbying and other political efforts.

Chairman Harper Was Right About Justin Trudeau

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 04.20.2016 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

The greatest worry about Justin's pre-electoral inexperience was his sympathetic talk about oil pipelines and, for those of us in BC, Premier Christy Clark's aspirations for LNG. True, Mr. Trudeau didn't keep his mutually exclusive views a secret. He had already made his thoughts known about how it could be done "environmentally responsibly," a notion that's in contrast to the overwhelming science on climate change.

For The Federal NDP: Power Or Purpose, Which Is It?

Glen Pearson | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The belief in a fairer and more just world, never fully prioritized by the other parties, has been the shining "city on a hill" for the NDP for decades and remains a stirring vision. It still sustains them as they move forward and Canadians still require their outlook. The question is: will it remain their principal and overriding passion or will their recent nearness to power have them seeking more power than purpose?

An Open Letter To The New Independent Senators

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 04.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

As senator, you will be entering in a whole new phase of your life. As a newcomer, you have a freedom of thought and a creativity which will invariably be constrained once you will have internalized the Senate's culture. Use this limited time wisely.

Why Anonymous' Attack On Donald Trump Affects Everyone

Lauren Messervey | Posted 03.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Lauren Messervey

The turn towards targeting certain political figures is concerning. Despite Trump's vomit-inducing charades, the truth remains that as an American citizen, he DOES have the right to say what he chooses. Although some of what he says could fall under the category of "hate speech", we keep forgetting that there is a very simple solution to our Trump dilemma: stop voting for him. Really, isn't it the public's fault that he's still there?

10 Reasons Israel Is Not An 'Apartheid' State

Jake Beaumont | Posted 02.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Jake Beaumont

Tyler Levitan's recent Huffington Post Canada op-ed entitled "Israel's Actions In Palestine Are The Definition Of Apartheid" is a perfect example of how when baseless accusations are left unanswered, they risk becoming accepted as conventional wisdom.

The Senate Has Its Very Own Legitimacy

Alain Miville de Chêne | Posted 01.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Alain Miville de Chêne

Most of us, having only a vague understanding of the Senate's possible functions and past realizations, see it as illegitimate or undemocratic, and wish to correct the situation by applying one of two stereotypical and superficial recipes: election or abolition.

The TPP Hands Control Over Trade To The World's Wealthiest

Sujata Dey | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Sujata Dey

The world's top one per cent own more than 50 per cent of the world's wealth. The ability to make policy and to enforce it at the national level is essential to combat the slide towards plutocracy, under which society is controlled by the wealthiest citizens. Mr. Obama and Ms. Freeland, please listen to your own rhetoric. Pull the plug on the TPP and CETA.

Anti-Hunting Activists Shouldn't Ban Your Saturday At A Hunting Show

John Laforet | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Business
John Laforet

This isn't about whether hunting is good or bad, and at this stage, it can't be. This is about whether Canada is prepared to allow sanctimonious activists to have the absolute right to tell everyone else how to live their lives, and run their businesses, issue by issue as they see fit.

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?

A Referendum Rarely Leads To Electoral Reform

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Justin Trudeau said he was favourable to changing the electoral system and that he would prefer alternative voting to our actual majoritarian system. What would be the alternative? And what considerations should we have in mind when discussing whether to implement it by referendum or not?

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

A Tale Of Two Elections: Canada And Turkey

Jack Jedwab | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

During the Canadian and Turkish election campaigns, leaders of the ruling parties hoped to benefit from a divided political opposition. At the front of each campaign, many voters in Canada and Turkey hoped for minority governments to fend majorities with leaders they mistrusted with too much authority.

Trudeau's Gender-Balanced Cabinet Is A Victory For Us All

Glen Pearson | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Justin Trudeau cast aside all that prevailing wisdom and just went for it, appointing a cabinet with a 50-50 gender split. What happened to all that having to wait for the slow movement of history? The reality of course is we can never use history as a lame excuse but as an opportunity to transcend it.

The Time For National Healing Is Upon Us

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

One of the great problems with the "winner take all" nature of politics is the duality of euphoria and umbrage that occurs in the same moment. Even most of the successful MPs don't get half of the votes cast in their riding -- a reality that creates as much division as it does decision.

Democracy Isn't Just About Politics; It's About All of Us

David Suzuki | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

During the lengthy campaign I had a disagreement with Trudeau over his party's climate policy. I still think his climate plans need to be strengthened, especially with clear and ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But I'm confident the new government will take this issue seriously,

Here's Why Harper Lost

Barry Kiefl | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Barry Kiefl

Stephen Harper lost the election not because Canadians rejected Conservative values, i.e., an aversion to big government, bureaucracy and regulation but because he came to be seen against democracy. Conservatives believe in smaller government, lower taxes and keeping the state out of the lives and businesses of citizens. But Mr. Harper sometime during his nine-plus years as prime minister began sacrificing our democratic institutions, especially the media, on the altar of his Conservative government.

My First Federal Election as a Taxpayer

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Caitlin McKay

When I was in university my political views were pretty straight forward. The school bubble made it easy to be passionate and lean one way on the political scale. Then I started paying taxes. Now I face my first federal election as a taxpayer and my views have shifted since the bubble burst.

Harper Is Right When He Says Justin Isn't Ready

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
G. Elijah Dann

We shouldn't be judging a political leader on what he or she has been saying or doing a few weeks before an election. Assessment needs to be based on the prior years. In Mr. Trudeau's case, even putting aside the question of what we should expect to see in someone with such a privileged upbringing, a quick review of the past couple years is evidence enough.

This Federal Election May Be the Beginning of Our Turnaround

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Could we as a people, despite our many distinctions, be giving birth to a new kind of revolutionary optimism, to the belief we recognize that the political estate can only be as collaborative, visionary, or as engaged as we are? If so, and if the advanced polls are any indication, we could be building our own "Field of Dreams," but with one great distinction.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Puts Democracy Up for Sale

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

Commerce is a desirable economic activity, but it should never force us to renounce our fundamental values. Democracy and due process of law, based on humanistic values are way above the dollar sign. The legal basis of the lawsuit of Lone Pine are incompatible with the principles of a free democratic society.