Liberal Party of Canada

Gilles Duceppe Offers a Win-Win Alternative to Quebec Voters

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 06.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Now that Gilles Duceppe is back and has declared his willingness to support a coalition that would offer an alternative to the Conservatives and which is in Quebec's interest, the dilemma for voters in the province changes dramatically.

Canada Must Meet Our Obligations to Support Developing Countries

Hélène Laverdière | Posted 05.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Hélène Laverdière

Despite repeated requests from the NDP and Canadian civil society, the Conservatives refused to increase the Official Development Assistance budget. Canada now ranks among the worst OECD countries for ODA spending. Not only does this directly limit our ability to fulfill our mandate of poverty eradication, it hurts our credibility as a reliable partner for international development.

On Victoria Day, Think About Ending the Monarchy in Canada

Tom Freda | Posted 05.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Tom Freda

We still have a foreign person, a queen living in a castle on another continent -- Victoria's great, great, granddaughter, in fact -- as Canada's head of state. And it's a pretty safe bet that Canada isn't on her mind a whole lot either, if at all. So why do we put up with it? Without question, Canada deserves to have its own head of state, chosen by us and from among our citizens. How have we made it this far without taking the final step to full nationhood? The reason lies with misinformation.

93 Per Cent of Canadians Get Nothing from Doubling the TFSA Limits

Ralph Goodale | Posted 05.15.2015 | Canada Business
Ralph Goodale

For those who readily have an extra $4500 available every year, after they've paid their taxes, this increase would be an attractive future tax break. But is a higher limit fair to taxpayers across the board? The answer to that question depends on how many taxpayers at various wealth levels will be able to benefit from the higher contributions.

It's in Every Canadian's Best Interest for the Middle Class to Grow

Bill Morneau | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Bill Morneau

The fact is that nearly nine out of 10 Canadians believe the cost of living is outpacing their household income. Our economy has more than doubled in size since 1980, but median incomes have flat lined. Household debt has ballooned to over 163 per cent of disposable income. As Liberals, we believe a strong economy is one that provides the largest number of good jobs to the largest number of Canadians. But by that measure, we are in trouble. Canadians continue to work hard, but the majority of them are finding it tougher and tougher to get by.

U.K. Election Results Are a Warning to Justin Trudeau

Christopher Sands | Posted 05.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Christopher Sands

Canada's Liberal Party leader, Justin Trudeau, has been riding high in the polls and many observers consider him well-positioned for the October general election. Yet Britain's election results contain some warning signs that Trudeau should heed. Voter behaviour in an actual election provides an insight into the complicated mood of a comparable electorate, and it would be a mistake not to observe and learn from Britain's example less than six months before Canadians go to the polls.

The Conservatives Balance Budgets and Keep Promises

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Last week Finance Minister Joe Oliver tabled Economic Action Plan 2015: Strong Leadership: A Balanced Budget, Low-Tax Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Security. This budget is only the latest in a long string of Conservative promises that have been made and kept, a proud record that will be easy to defend with an election only months away.

Ontario Liberal Scandals Continue to Pile Up

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Kathleen Wynne had the opportunity to put Ontario back on track, to right the wrongs of almost a decade of mismanagement, scandal, and corruption under Dalton McGuinty. She has only continued Dalton McGuinty's legacy. Their legacies are one in the same.

NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's Shortcomings

Daniel Dickin | Posted 06.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's political slogan has been "building the team and the plan." So far, his "team" will be forced to be pro-choice and pro-marijuana, and his "plan" is legalizing marijuana, being against fighting terrorism, and placing a price on carbon. The Liberals' position of vacuous nothingness should be garnering far more attention than it has been -- the Press Gallery has only started to actually seriously question Trudeau -- but Trudeau has been ably abetted by a series of New Democrats' missteps.

Online Polls: Good for Lifestyle Quizzes, Not for Politics

Quito Maggi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Online polls can be fun and if we want to determine the public's opinion on their favourite colour, or why they like Britney Spears better than Madonna, they can be accurate enough to be newsworthy, I suppose. I think we have to look at the differences between American and Canadian politics and culture to understand why online polls don't accurately reflect public opinion accurately enough when it comes to voting intentions.

Forcing Women to Remove Their Niqabs Is Just Another Kind of Oppression

Jonathan Scott | Posted 05.12.2015 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

Perhaps there is an element to which the Conservatives truly believe they are fighting a cultural and religious practice that they find repugnant. Even still, that seems far beyond the point, as has been stated many times by various commentators: a conservative man forcing a woman not to wear a niqab is effectively the same violation of her liberty as a conservative man forcing her to wear the niqab. What could be more Canadian than including someone's harmless religious practices in a citizenship ceremony, or really any other facet of public life?

It's Not What Liberals Gain With Eve Adams But What Conservatives Lose

Gavin Magrath | Posted 04.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Gavin Magrath

With much ado about crossing the floor from the Conservative to the Liberal Party, the talk seems to centre on whether Justin Trudeau's Liberals gained much, if anything. That talk misses the point: the question is not what the Liberals got, but what the Conservatives lost. Coming on the heels of the clearly unplanned departure of John Baird, the real story is not the questionable value of the asset Trudeau has acquired but the fact that a sitting government member has crossed the floor to sit with a third party.

Harper Should Not Brag About His Fiscal Reputation

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

With Canada's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) actually shrinking and despite having the worst economic growth record of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett, Stephen Harper seems keen to brag about the fiscal reputation of his Conservative Party. Well, let's take a close look. To begin with, here's an interesting question: How many Conservative Prime Ministers in all of the 20th century presented Canada with balanced budgets?

Taking Questions On Economy, Jihadists

CBC | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is in London, Ont., for a two-day caucus meeting with his MPs to discuss election strategy ahead of the 2015 election ...

Best Fundraising Results In A DECADE

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.21.2015 | Canada Politics

LONDON, Ont. - Federal Liberals posted their best fundraising haul in a decade last year, filling their party's war chest just in time for this year's...

Why Canada Will Become a Dictatorship Under Trudeau

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The leader of that party does what he wants, when he wants, and no one dares question him. Would a Prime Minister Trudeau arbitrarily whip the vote and outlaw certain moral questions? Could Prime Minister Trudeau be trusted to make decisions for the good of the country, not just for his personal self-worth? Would Trudeau call in the police to enforce his vision? Let's hope we never have the opportunity to ask those questions.

Membership Numbers Have Skyrocketed Since He Became Leader

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.10.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Liberal party says its membership has increased nearly five-fold since Justin Trudeau became leader 20 months ago.Trudeau says close to 3...

Trudeau Would Open Up Ultra-Secretive Board Of Internal Economy

CBC | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics

Just hours after the all-party Board of Internal Economy goes behind closed doors to discuss sexual harassment complaints lodged against two Liberal M...

Why Justin Trudeau Is a More Natural Politician Than His Father Was

Patrick Gossage | Posted 01.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Patrick Gossage

Justin is a natural as a grassroots politician. His father was not. He tired quickly of grin and grips, so we spent public events moving him quickly from one admirer to another. Justin revels in the book describing the thousands he met in Papineau. He credits this skill from observing the friendly political skills of his grandfather, James Sinclair. I gave a fundraiser for Justin for the Papineau campaign. He approached my daughter and immediately remembered they took a film class together at McGill. His father had trouble remembering first names! Justin has deliberately been his own man in some policies.

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2 Liberal MPs Suspended From Caucus After Sexual Harassment Allegations

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 01.13.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — The Liberal Party has suspended two male Liberal MPs from its caucus pending an investigation into two separate sexual harassment allegatio...

MPs Step Into Campaign Mode

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.11.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Before question period even ended, members of Parliament were making for the exits, carry-on bags in hand to get home to their ridings for th...

Let Men With Same Sex Lovers Donate Blood

Jonathan Crombie | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Crombie

Over a year ago, Canada lifted a 30-year-old prohibition on gay men donating blood. However, Canada Blood Services still includes a ban on blood donations from any man who has had sex with another man in the past five years. That is why the Young Liberals of Canada want a policy that is based on evidence, because no single, loosely defined group should be discriminated against based on generalized statistics, perceptions or prejudices. A blanket ban on sexually active MSM is not merely discriminatory; it's unsafe.

Ezra Levant Won't Stop Trudeaumania 2.0

Nicholas Ashmore | Posted 11.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Nicholas Ashmore

Two weeks ago, Ezra Levant went on a heated, televised tirade where he criticized Justin Trudeau for supposedly "photobombing" a wedding. Levant, most notably, called Justin's father Pierre a "slut," and insinuated similar things about Justin's mother, Margaret Sinclair. Apart from the fact that Levant's rant was inappropriate and completely misplaced, there is a greater picture here that must be considered -- one of even higher magnitude than Levant's derogatory mislabelling of a deceased, former prime minister. Ezra Levant is trying to dispel Trudeaumania from overtaking the country once more.

The Story Behind His Abortion Policy

CBC | Laura Payton | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau paused, looked over the heads of reporters, and started to respond three times before finally spitting out the surprise announcement th...

Liberals Want Hearings On Canadian Islamic Radicals

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - MPs should urgently study the issue of Islamic radicals returning to Canada from foreign battlefields, says the Liberal public safety critic....