Canada Election

Canada's Opposition Is Playing Communications Catch Up

Matt Price | Posted 09.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

If there's one thing that the Harper Conservatives are good at, it's message discipline. Sure, they have taken this to the extreme of muzzling everyone else they can, but you have to admit that they bring logic and consistency to all their communications. Less so Canada's opposition, which has some catching up to do.

'This Is The Final Stretch'

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A splashy, campaign-style launch for the government's fall agenda, a surprise tax cut for small business owners, a brand new NDP battle cry a...

Doug Ford, Thank You For The One Promise You Did Keep

John Mraz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
John Mraz

In 2012, referring to council, Doug Ford said: "I can't get anywhere with these monkeys." Was that a term of endearment? How can Mayor Ford expect to get anything done at City Hall when you use such language? Oh, that's right. Since then, he mostly hasn't. No need to answer. When you told the father of an autistic child who rightly and democratically challenged your views to "go to hell," what were you thinking?

Toronto Is So Much More Than the Core

Mark Crowley | Posted 08.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

Toronto is more than Ford Nation, true, but it is also so much more than the Core. Let me tell you about my Toronto. Toronto is getting a Jamaican beef patty on a fresh portuguese bun at Eglinton and Oakwood. Toronto is getting congee rice porridge in North Scarborough. Toronto is so much more than the Core or the car-centric suburbs.

Broadcasters Should Not Censor Political Ads

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Political speech is seemingly under attack from the last place we might expect: Canadian media broadcasters, that say parties can't use broadcasters' content in ads. Protecting copyright is not an illegitimate purpose, but this approach is less than ideal for political advertisements. Political parties rely on election advertising to persuade the electorate to vote for them. This political expression is a significantly important aspect of public discourse and should be accorded the highest priority and protection.

Federal Tories Lean In To Review What Went Wrong

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.13.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - If there's an overarching lesson from the Ontario election being drawn around Parliament Hill, it's to keep the party tent flaps open to all ...

Ontario's Math Scores Are Down, So Creating STEM Jobs Doesn't Add Up

Malkin Dare | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Malkin Dare

In Ontario, an election is underway, and the Progressive Conservative Party is promising to create one million new jobs over the next eight years. Chances are, a lot of these new jobs will be in the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering, and math). But already Ontario doesn't have enough citizens with the ability to do these STEM sector jobs! Virtually all of the occupations experiencing skill shortages require math proficiency. Unfortunately, very few Ontario citizens are very good at math. Even more worrisome, the math scores of Ontario students have been dropping for the past five years.

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.

BATTLE ROYALE

CBC | Posted 03.22.2014 | Canada Politics

The creation of 30 new House of Commons seats and open nomination contests in all ridings for the three major political parties means the lead-up to t...

Sour Grapes?

CP | Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.27.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - British Columbia's New Democrat Leader Adrian Dix says he forwarded information to the RCMP in connection with the Liberal government's dis...

Care About B.C.? Five Reasons Not to Vote NDP

Diane Francis | Posted 07.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

On May 14, British Columbians vote in their provincial election. If the NDP wins power in such a strategically important and rich jurisdiction such as this one -- a keystone within the Canadian resource economy -- B.C. voters will have chosen economic decline.

Tory Attack Ads Demean All Charitable Canadians

Tiffany Glover | Posted 06.16.2013 | Canada Politics
Tiffany Glover

By poking fun at Mr. Trudeau's strip tease, the Conservatives are not only limiting their own MPs' charitable efforts, but by association they are demeaning the many others who do the same. The only judgment that these ads question is that of their creators, the Conservatives.

American Politics Are All Shook Up

Justin Beach | Posted 01.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Republicans have to reinvent themselves. The tactics and issues that have worked for them for more than three decades have failed. Democrats and progressives have a rare opportunity to permanently shift the debate on several key issues. America is at a crossroads, more divided than ever and trying to decide what kind of nation it wants to be now that it is no longer the world's lone superpower.

Welcome to the Age of Meta-Politics

Doug Mann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Doug Mann

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Though image politics is still very much with us, we are entering a third age of democratic politics as a result of the 24-hour cable news cycle, social networking, YouTube, Twitter, mass apathy and at least in the American case, the archaic electoral college system. As a result of all this we get meta-politics, image politics taken to its absolute degree.

Are the Media "Horse-Racing" in This Election?

Alison Loat | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Alison Loat

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Election campaigns have always been fodder for journalists and media watchers to lament the state of political coverage in today's media. Recent research, however, suggests this horse-race preoccupation is misguided.

Why Parents Should Not Vote for Mitt Romney

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

As a voter there are reasons to cast a ballot for either President Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, but as a parent I honestly can't imagine why any mother or father could vote Romney -- and honesty is the reason. Parents teach by example, by being a person who acts with honesty, forthrightness, integrity and responsibility. These are family values. They are also, of course, are the polar opposite of how Mitt Romney has run his campaign and how he would run the United States of America.

How to Talk Politics With Your Kids

Amy Leask | Posted 12.28.2012 | Canada Politics
Amy Leask

I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I tell people I write materials that introduce politics to children. It's a subject that can make even a mature adult's palms sweaty, and on the surface, it seems like the last thing anyone would want to bring up with their child. You really should and here's why.

How Cutting Taxes Actually Helps the Economy

Tim Hudak | Posted 12.25.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Hudak

Two aspirations for Ontario -- to be the engine of Canadian jobs again and to have world-leading public services -- are interdependent, not separate, goals. We can't have one without the other. And Ontarians deserve both. Instead of grants and handouts to the politically connected, I believe tax cuts create jobs. Tax relief creates jobs, grows the economy, and stimulates new business investments.

Why Romney and Obama Kept Mum on Canada

Christopher Sands | Posted 12.23.2012 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

In the three U.S. presidential candidates' debates, and in one vice presidential candidates' debate, Canada came up frequently. But in the final debate of this election season -- the one devoted nominally to foreign policy -- Canada did not come up at all. Is this cause for alarm or indignation? No.

Tegan & Sara Say 'Wrong' Republicans Denying Rights

Huffington Post Canada | Aaron Brophy | Posted 10.16.2012 | Canada Music

Mega musical stars like Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z have already declared their support for current President and Democratic candidate Barack Obama in...

Why Canadians Should Root For Romney

Theo Caldwell | Posted 11.14.2012 | Canada Politics
Theo Caldwell

Many Canadians are predisposed to dislike Mitt Romney. He is a Republican, and robotic even by those standards. In this land of centre-left sensibilities, such party affiliation and corporate mien often rankle. But I would urge my Canadian compatriots to reconsider. Romney is running for a foreign office, not joining your curling team, and if he can unseat President Barack Obama, the Great White North will be greater for it.

The U.S. Election is Just Something to Watch When Hockey's Not On

Andrew Pyle | Posted 11.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Andrew Pyle

The upcoming U.S. Presidential election in November is already becoming regular water cooler content for Canadians starved for the return of hockey season, even though the outcome may not necessarily change the direction for Canada's economy. The similarities of both parties for Canada suggest that the attention to the election will be more for entertainment reasons on a night we don't want to watch hockey.

If Quebec's Election Was a Carnival, Charest Would Be in the Dunk Tank

Brian McKenna | Posted 11.04.2012 | Canada Politics
Brian McKenna

Over the course of the Quebec election, every time Jean Charest thought he was changing the conversation to Medicare or Le Plan Nord, the CAQ's Jacques Duchesneau would make another accusation and grab the headlines. But last week many thought the ex-police chief went too far. Duchesneau said he had a list of Charest's cabinet ministers who had accepted favours from a construction baron named Tony Accurso. Charest demanded the ex -cop supply names. The ex-cop played coy and refused. How could Charest possibly defend himself and his party against that kind of slander?

'This Isn't About Who Is The Most Macho'

CBC | Posted 10.30.2012 | Canada Politics

Jean Charest cancelled a campaign event when a couple of dozen peaceful protesters showed up Wednesday evening in his home riding of Sherbrooke, Que. ...

After the Hurricane, Paul Ryan is the Liveliest Part of the RNC

Peter Worthington | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Peter Worthington

The most exciting thing about the Republican convention which starts today in Tampa, is not Mitt Romney as the Presidential candidate, but Paul Ryan as his VP running mate. There's no guarantee a dynamic running mate will lead to a Romney victory come November 4, but without committed Republicans enthused and optimistic, his chances were slight to non-existent.