Canada Elections

Are You Registered To Vote? Here's How To Tell

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Who's ready to exercise some democracy?

Black Voices Must Be Heard in the Conversation About Gender Violence

Black Lives Matter – Toronto | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement focusing media attention on how violence affects black communities, the experiences of women and girls have not received the same sustained media attention and outcry as the experiences of men. Our voices are routinely excluded from political and public discourse. It's critical for us to make an intervention.

In a Stagnant Economy, Spending Is Key to Stimulating Small Businesses

David Gens | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Gens

With the confirmation of the Canadian recession by Stats Canada earlier this month and the government's subsequent announcement of a $1.9 billion surplus, spending has become a particular point of interest in our upcoming election. Small business owners, who make up 98 per cent of employer businesses in Canada, will be looking to see which party's proposed spend will have a tangible effect on their bottom lines.

Paul Gross Takes Issues With Part Of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics

The chances are far more likely that you’ll drown in your bathtub tonight than you will be killed by a terrorist in Canada.”

Althia Raj On The Women's Issues That Were Missed At 'Up For Debate'

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living

The last debate on women’s issues was in 1984.

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.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

Native Vote Could Make The Difference In Canada's Elections | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada is facing a critical moment in its history.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Shouldn't Stop for Elections

Mark Warner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

Trade negotiations are growing in importance as developed and developing countries alike increasingly realize that protectionism is not a path to prosperity. Federalism poses challenges for our trade negotiations that are exacerbated by elections at both levels of government in Canada, and among our trading partners. The electoral clock is also ticking on Japanese Diet elections next summer and on U.S. presidential and congressional elections next fall. If the machinery of trade talks ground to a halt every time an election approached, there would be no trade agreements at all -- which is, perhaps, what some people desire.

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.

A Long Campaign Might Fix These 4 Problems in Politics

Rachel Décoste | Posted 08.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Despite the whining by self-interested elites which has dominated the national discourse thus far, there is a silver lining to an extended writ. For many Canadians, it is a prime-ministerial present. Whatever your political stripe, take advantage of this extra time to make your vote matter.

Canadians Need to Know the Truth About the TPP

Maude Barlow | Posted 08.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Maude Barlow

This week, ministers from 12 countries representing 40 per cent of the world's economy will meet to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the largest trade agreements ever. As talks are rushed to conclusion, Canada is still fighting to have its supply management system excluded from the deal. We wish the government well in its quest to protect supply management, but we wish it would go to bat for other core Canadian values and industries. Unlike our European and even American counterparts, Canadian discussion on the TPP has been limited to chickens, eggs and milk.

Should Canada Take a Public Health Approach to Cannabis Legalization?

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Business
Jenna Valleriani

One of the most popular topics on the 2015 elections agenda is legalization and cannabis is by far the most widely used illegal drug in the Canada. People often compare a potential legalization model to alcohol. The way alcohol is regulated in Canada provides some really important public health benefits.

Student Invents Antidote To Elections Canada Confusion

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics

All you need is a smartphone or tablet.

Signs of Change Are Sweeping the Nation

David Suzuki | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Suzuki

Recent events in Canada have shown not only that change is possible, but that people won't stand for having corporate interests put before their own. The people of Alberta did what was once thought impossible: they gave the NDP a strong majority. Voters in Prince Edward Island followed B.C. provincially and Canada federally and elected their first Green Party member, as well as Canada's second openly gay premier.

Tories Say No To Leaders' Debate Offer From CBC, CTV, Global

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics

Harper turns down proposal from Canadian broadcasters to do four TV debates in lead-up to fall vote

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 MPs Toss Out The Rule Book On Provincial Elections

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.05.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - In August 2011, with six provincial elections on the horizon, the Prime Minister's Office circulated a set of rules for Conservative MPs to k...

Dear Politician (Who Was Not Challenged in School)

Lori Gard | Posted 06.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Lori Gard

Dear Politician, It's election time again. I did hear your address to a large group of parents at a Home and School forum recently. And I happened ...

Why Don't Young People In B.C. Vote?

Ramesh Ranjan | Posted 11.25.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Ramesh Ranjan

Contrary to where you might think I'm going with all this, young people aren't completely in silence. Younger people are more frequent campaigners than older people and are increasingly mobilizing for causes of all varieties.

These Politicians' Random Maps Are Not Transit Plans

Murtaza Haider | Posted 11.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Murtaza Haider

For a sophisticated city like Toronto, it is embarrassing to see the leading candidates passing random lines drawn on a map for transit plans. These so-called plans lack research, engineering cost and ridership estimates, and transit revenue forecasts. At best, one could call these plans the transit dreams of mayoral hopefuls. However, given the underestimated costs and overestimated benefits of these proposals, it is likely that the politicians' dream would become taxpayers' nightmare.

Can Surrey Learn From A British System Of Local Government?

Alex Sangha | Posted 08.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Alex Sangha

Democracy and governance in Surrey is essentially at a crisis. It is not very responsive to the needs of the citizens and the system is becoming less and less accessible for the average citizen. So what is a potential solution.

I Work in Civic Engagement, But I Don't Know How to Vote

Leora Smith | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leora Smith

Now here comes my confession: I don't know how to vote. In any of these elections. It's embarrassing because I really love politics. I talk about it all the time. I mean, I work at Samara, an organization that works to strengthen political participation in Canada. I literally (and I mean literally in the actual literal sense) spend my whole day working on civic engagement. How could this happen to me?

Ukraine Must Play Tough After This Week's Election

Diane Francis | Posted 07.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

If Ukraine calls Putin's bluff, Russia's stability may be shaken and certainly western Europe's indifference will be. Putin's nationalistic narrative has temporarily supplanted the protests in his own country and allowed him to impose repressive measures, but his power is fragile.

The Politics of Monetary Tightening

Peter Hall | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada
Peter Hall

When it comes to elections, timing is critical. This year brings a rash of elections in some of the most important emerging markets: Brazil, India, In...

This Is Why Democratic Spirit Is So Low

Glen Pearson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The average citizen is confronting a host of enduring problems that require resolution -- unemployment, escalating poverty, lack of support for small and medium-sized businesses, mental health complexities, lack of community infrastructure, the high cost of post-secondary education, to name a few.