Canada Democracy

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.

I Addressed the United Nations on Political Corruption

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 10.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

The world is littered with women and men who feed on the misery of entire societies, who have grown fat in their spoils and comfortable in their impunity, sheltering behind national jurisdictions and national institutions they have been able to twist to their benefit. But there is a higher law. There is a deeper justice. And we will stand up for it.

Every day, I Discover a New Reason to Vote out Harper

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

I am a reluctant activist. I don't like rocking the boat. But when our federal election was called in August, it occurred to me that the entries in my blog might be worth sharing. So I'm posting 78 of them to a Facebook page, 78 Days, 78 Reasons. It's my hope they'll help reasonable Canadians, particularly young people and small c-conservatives, see that we deserve better.

Are Democracy and Health Care Mutually Exclusive in Ontario?

Dr. Adrienne Kelly | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. Adrienne Kelly

This may catch your attention -- if doctors can't afford to pay staff, and patients are too disabled to return to work because they cannot get surgery in a timely fashion, your government will lose significant tax dollar revenue whilst having to support more unemployed or underemployed citizens. Does this hit home to you? Doctors number in the thousands but the implications of these cuts, caps and clawbacks extend to millions. We want as many Ontarians as possible to have timely, safe and appropriate access to care, not just emergency care but preventative care.

Even Though Toronto Abandoned a 2024 Bid, There Are Still Questions to Be Answered

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

Toronto, beware. Tory's bid for the 2024 Games might be over, but what happened in that short span of time -- from July to September 2015 -- speaks to the larger problems inherent in mega-event hosting that you will have to address again, should another bid come your way.

Canada's Most Engaged Citizens Might Actually Be Too Young to Vote

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Why don't we let 15-year-olds vote? We educate them about citizenship from the time they are in elementary school. We wail and moan about ever-decreasing voter turnout. But we don't really look at young people as citizens. We think of them as citizens-in-waiting.

This Federal Election Will Be About the Voters

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Despite the fact that Canadians are in the deep and lazy days of summer, there has been more interest in the federal election campaign that many believed unlikely. It's not due to the parties, their leaders, or their policies. With most of the election still ahead of us, those aspects will likely become more prominent. No, it's likely that healthy attention to this election season is due to a kind of restless desire amongst Canadians for change. This could well be the real story of Canada's 42nd federal campaign. It's not really about who is chosen but the choosers themselves.

Which Canada Will You Celebrate on Canada Day?

Lizanne Foster | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I'm not sure which Canada to celebrate this year. In the past I celebrated John Diefenbaker's Canada, the one that introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights, Pierre Elliot Trudeau's Canada, that birthed the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and Mulroney's Canada that fought to end Apartheid. But in Stephen Harper's Canada, what is there to celebrate? In Harper's Canada, citizenship, now considered a privilege, has two tiers.

Trudeau Will Deliver What Harper Hasn't - Modern Government

Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr | Posted 06.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Retired Maj. Stephen Fuhr

On June 16, Justin Trudeau released a comprehensive platform to modernize Canadian democracy. The plan builds on legislative proposals already presented to Parliament and commits to even more ambitious reforms.

Reform or Abolish the Senate? The Choice Should Be Ours

Deborah Coyne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The latest depressing revelations about the Senate make it clear that the institution cannot continue in its present form. The vast majority of Canadians now agree that reform or abolition of the Canadian Senate is overdue. It is time to bring the people of Canada into the centre of the process and directly consult Canadians on any proposal for constitutional reform through a consultative referendum.

Small Businesses Across Canada Are Standing up Against Bill C-51

David Christopher | Posted 06.28.2015 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Small businesses across Canada are speaking up to warn the government about the economic damage that its "secret police" Bill C-51 will inflict on our economy. If Bill C-51 is passed, it will change Canada's economic climate for the worse, notably by harming Canadian commerce, trade, and data security. This upsurge in opposition from small businesses couldn't be more timely: committee hearings on the Bill are continuing today in the Senate, while the House of Commons could hold its final vote in just days.

How the Ministry of Environment Vetoed Our Interview Request

Carol Linnitt | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Carol Linnitt

Documents obtained by DeSmog Canada reveal that Canada's Ministry of Environment vetoed an interview request on toxins in fur-bearing animals in the oilsands, even though the federal scientist was "media trained and interested in doing the interview."

When We Forget History, We Forget Our Values

Glen Pearson | Posted 05.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

History doesn't exclusively disappear through a sword, a bomb, or a mallet. It can as easily be brought about through a lack of attention to detail as it can through explosives. The affluent countries of the West are showing disturbing signs of neglect for values that once were sacred to how they worked.

How Capitalism Saved the World

Mark Milke | Posted 04.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Unlike the iron fist of communism, capitalism's incidents of harm (recall the mugging in Central Park) result not from government oppression but from the nature of freedom itself. Misguided newspaper columns notwithstanding, in theory, practice and historical record, between capitalism and communism, there's no comparison.

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.

Will MPs Empower Themselves and Restrict Their Powers?

Duff Conacher | Posted 02.06.2015 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

A committee of MPs is considering important and unprecedented changes that will either restrict the power of federal party leaders and empower MPs to represent voters, or not, and will also either make MPs much more accountable for their conduct, or not. What the committee decides will reveal a lot about the state of democracy in Canada.

What's Happening on Burnaby Mountain Should Surprise No One

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.25.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Carol Linnitt

The way tensions between pipeline opponents and Kinder Morgan contractors have escalated during the last week should come as a surprise to no one. The mishandling of the National Energy Board review of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain oil pipeline and tanker proposal has created the conditions for the situation now unfolding on the mountainside.

Most of Latin America Has Adopted Democracy. Will Cuba?

Michel Kelly-Gagnon | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Michel Kelly-Gagnon

Though still very far from the ideal, countries like Chile, Columbia, Peru, Brazil and Mexico have adopted political democracy and market economics, and are moving forward because of it. With any luck, Cuba's dictatorship will also soon crumble, and at long last allow its people to live in freedom.

The Best Way For B.C. To Honour Canada's Soldiers Is To Vote

Lizanne Foster | Posted 01.03.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Lizanne Foster

I hope that our respect goes beyond pinning the poppy on our lapels. I hope our respect extends to standing in line at a polling booth.

Now, More Than Ever, Canada Must Remain Free and Open

Josh Tabish | Posted 12.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Tabish

It has never been clearer that Canada has a growing privacy deficit that needs to be addressed. Unless we work together, we could end up with a society that's more spied on and policed than ever before.

5 Ways To Enhance Local Government And Democracy In Surrey

Alex Sangha | Posted 12.15.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Surrey needs to return to the ward system. A candidate doesn't need thousands of dollars to run a city-wide campaign or to seek the nomination of a political slate. Independents would have a good chance of getting elected. This is because the elections would be held in smaller neighbourhood districts or wards. This would give Surrey the same representation as Vancouver -- which is more than appropriate considering the growing size and stature of Surrey.

Why Do Schools Implement These Ridiculous Rules?

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

A rule that has an unclear or ridiculous purpose is, on its face, unfair. A rule that cannot possibly achieve its purpose is pointless. A rule that has more negative than positive effects is unfair and undemocratic. Discipline or punishment that does not address the behaviour it purports to correct is tyrannical.

Why Does China Get To Renege on Its Promise of Democracy in Hong Kong?

Diane M. Francis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane M. Francis

China's recent ruthlessness has shocked many including Emily Lau, a long-standing Member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council. In a recent interview, she said: "These demands are modest and reasonable and protesters are peaceful. There is no compromise. The ball is now in China's court. Promises were made."

Where Is the Support For Pro-Democracy Groups Right Here in Canada?

Michael D. Nicula | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael D. Nicula

The Ontario Provincial government is working on their promise to allow municipalities to use Ranked Ballots in the 2018 elections 'as an option' which would be a timid step in the right direction. However, Toronto Mayoral lead Candidate John Tory is opposed to the idea and yet, that doesn't seem to have an impact on his polling numbers.

Why the Quebec Student Protests Are Still Relevant

Johanu Botha | Posted 12.02.2014 | Canada Politics
Johanu Botha

Is any of this relevant almost three years later? Yes, because mini-versions of the Quebec protests still play out on Canadian campuses. They may not be about tuition, and their ideological bent could be left or right. But too often when students organize around political causes they take on the same unsavory tones that reject dissent and make straw men of opposing arguments.