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John Tory Doesn't Have to Lie

John Mraz | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics
John Mraz

Jamie Heath simply wants to drag John Tory through the mud by any means -- to the benefit of Ms. Chow. This, of late, is a consistent "best practice" of many official agents in both the Chow and Ford camps. The premises of his argument however, do deserve scrutiny.

Harper Failing To Protect Charter Rights: Lawyers

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is falling short in its duty as a guardian of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Bar Association will be ...

Harper's Out of Step With the Rest of the World on Climate Change

Kevin Grandia | Posted 06.17.2014 | Canada Politics
Kevin Grandia

Stephen Harper recently announced that dealing with climate change will not come at the expense of crippling the economy, and said that he encourages other countries to do the same. He claimed he was just being honest and that no leader really wants to take action on climate change, but based on recent actions by China, United Kingdom and the United States, this doesn't seem to be the truth.

Proof that Canada and Australia Don't Care About Climate Change

Mike Hudema | Posted 06.11.2014 | Canada
Mike Hudema

Harper and Abbott have to understand that we can no longer have economies that exist outside of the ecological limits of our planet. Our reliance and exploitation of fossil fuels is endangering our future as well as our present and it needs to end. We need to transition to green energy and we need to keep more fossil fuels, especially high-carbon fuels like the tar sands, in the ground.

Harper's Attacks Putin, Again

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Politics

WARSAW, Poland - Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in Eastern Europe late Tuesday still throwing political punches at Russia's Vladimir Putin as h...

Harper Gov't Accused Of Whitewashing Country's Human Rights Abuses

CP | Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.20.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The NDP and civil society groups are accusing the Harper government of whitewashing human rights abuses in Colombia in the latest report to P...

Canada Pays Tribute To Afghanistan Veterans

CP | Murray Brewster and John Ward, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - As Canadians paid tribute to the 40,000 soldiers who took part in the country's 12-year Afghanistan conflict, padre Phillip Ralph gave thanks...

Harper's Supreme Court Dustup: 'A Simple Anger' Or A Strategy?

CBC | Posted 07.08.2014 | Canada Politics

There's a great deal of puzzlement about why Prime Minister Stephen Harper waited nine months before letting it be known he feels Chief Justice B...

The Senate Reference and Taking Steps Forward

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

The Supreme Court just released its long-awaited Senate Reference decision. And the response was spectacularly rebuking. Harper posed the following questions to the Court and the following responses were provided. I have significantly condensed the decision for easy access.

EXCERPT: The Longer I'm Prime Minister

Paul Wells | Posted 05.31.2014 | Canada
Paul Wells

In 2004 voters barely had a clue who Stephen Harper was. So he appeared in those hilariously contrived ads in which he complained about the Liberals, offered some kind of solution, and then paused and added, slowly, "My name is Stephen Harper." Viewers came away wondering about his speaking style but pretty sure, whoever this guy was, his name must be Stephen Harper.

How Canadian Tax Dollars Become Lavish Personal Spending Accounts

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.27.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Alberta Premier Allison Redford was forced to resign last week following revelations that she had charged the treasury $45,000 to attend President Mandela's funeral. Redford's quick hand with the expense account chequebook, in turn, obviously brings to mind the shenanigans of our old pals in the Senate.

Harper's Nodding Off at the Auto Industry Wheel

Russ Blinch | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

I guess Prime Minister Harper is busy finding a new finance minister along with all the other stuff involved with his single-minded pursuit of the Alberta carbon bubble. Because he sure doesn't have time to join the hand wringing over a key engine of growth in a once prosperous province called Ontario. I'm talking about the so-called "free" trade agreement with South Korea and the future of the auto industry.

We Need to Save Canada From the Harper Economy

Russ Blinch | Posted 05.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

Canada's economy has lost its balance. Trouble looms. Those are not words you will hear from Prime Minister Stephen Harper but it is the grim reality of the unsustainable economic ethos of his Conservative government. Instead of the telling us the truth, the government is spending unprecedented gobs of our money to mislead us about the health of the country with the Canada Action Plan advertising campaign saturating the airwaves. In reality, our petro premier has transformed a balanced country into a petro-state that is "hollowing out" the economy.

Israel-Palestine: Focus More on Talking and Less on the Politics of Talk

Avi Goldberg | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Avi Goldberg

The Jewish community in Canada didn't even concentrate on Israeli politics until the Six Day War in 1967. Resulting, however, from the fear that Israeli Jews were facing a second Holocaust, as well from a new confidence that was born out of decisive victory in the war, Israel was officially adopted by the Canadian Jewish mainstream.

What's Good For Oil Sands Companies is Not What's Good For Canada

DeSmog Canada | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
DeSmog Canada

We're producing so much oil sands crude that we've overwhelmed cross-border pipeline capacity. Now the industry is stuck in a Catch-22. Profit margins have dropped dramatically. To reassure investors, bitumen miners talk about dramatically expanding production. But the more we produce, the more we exacerbate the supply glut.

Media Bites: Harper Defines the New Anti-Semitism

J.J. McCullough | Posted 03.29.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Stephen Harper's first-ever trip to the Holy Land wrapped up this weekend, and the reviews were basically worse than I, Frankenstein. But if one specific outrage loomed above all others, it was the PM's January 20 address to the Israeli parliament, during which, in the words of Warren Kinsella, "Harper, a Gentile, literally took it upon himself to redefine anti-Semitism."

'10 Reasons Neil Young Is Right About The Tar Sands'

Mike Hudema | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada Alberta
Mike Hudema

To say that rock legend Neil Young has been making waves on his ACFN 'Honour the Treaties' tour would be an understatement. His comments about the horrors of the tar sands have made front-page headlines, set social media ablaze, and have brought out more than a few attacks mostly from stalwarts of the oil industry.

Confessions of a Former CEO: Leadership at a Time of Crisis

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 03.14.2014 | Canada Business
Andreas Souvaliotis

It's been a season of startling crisis-management parallels between the worlds of business and politics. An American politician who so artfully swung his scandal-slaying dagger and dealt with a crisis head-on, contrasted with our Prime Minister who let his credibility evaporate through evasion.

Has Canada Lost Its "Cool"?

Andreas Souvaliotis | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Andreas Souvaliotis

We've always loved being such a "cool" country. We've loved our own brand. We've loved comparing ourselves to our gigantic southern neighbour and bragging about our much more progressive, much more "worldly" social values...from racial integration, to gender equality, our social safety net, our smaller income disparity, lower crime rates, gun laws, gay marriage, environmental sensitivity -- you name it! We just loved being the continental superstars and we always corrected every unaware European who would dare call us "American." But is that still the case?

Media Bites: We Can't Reform the Senate if We're Constitutionally Constipated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Our constitutional amendment rules are so terrible, so poorly-written and caked with complex regulations designed to eliminate any hope of ever achieving any meaningful improvement to anything, we barely even know how to read some of them. And we're not talking about 18th century legalese here -- this stuff was written all of 30 years ago.

Huffy Duffy versus King Harpernicus: Who wins? Not Canada

Jordon Froese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jordon Froese

Like many, I think King Harpernicus could have handled this whole expense mess in the Uppity Chamber better. There's been rhetorical flourishes, sure,...

Harper's Keynote at CPC13 - A Make Or Break Moment For The Tories?

Emma Pullman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Emma Pullman

In perhaps the most significant line of his keynote Harper proclaimed, "As Conservatives, we believe that actions have consequences." Harper might not realize it, but this is perhaps the most telling line of the weekend and goes to the core of the Senate scandal. Opinion polls have slammed Harper for his handling of the scandal, and delegates at this conference have called for him to take responsibility and accept the consequences.

Althia Raj

5 Things To Watch At The Tory Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Politics

1. The mood of the delegates Some 3,000 delegates and observers are expected to attend the party’s biennial convention in Calgary that kicks off ...

Media Bites: Will EU Free Trade Put Harper in the History Books?

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Prime Minister Harper finally has his very own tombstone-ready one-liner, too: "he got us free trade with the Europeans." That seems to be the consensus bouncing around the Canadian punditocracy at the moment, at least. Everyone agrees this trade deal rules. An estimated 80,000 new jobs, an annual $12 billion boost to GDP, cheaper vino from Italy, yadda yadda. But perhaps there's another story here, too.

Three Things to Worry About if Canada Was the One Shutting Down

Russ Blinch | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Russ Blinch

It's pretty sad to see the U.S. government shutdown and all the havoc it has wrought. Can you imagine if the same thing occurred in Canada and the Harper government was prevented from reading its Speech from the Throne next week as planned?