Liberal Party of Canada

Harper's Economic Record Is Sub-Mediocre

Ralph Goodale | Posted 08.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

Canadians are stuck with $158-billion in new Harper debt -- without much to show for it. There are 160,000 more jobless Canadians today than before Stephen Harper took power. Job quality is at a 25-year low. Household debt is near a record high. Canada's trade deficit this year has topped $13-billion. The Liberal legacy was a decade of balanced budgets, average annual economic growth over three per cent, consistent trade surpluses every month of every year, 3.4-million net new jobs, lower debt, lower taxes, record high Transfer Payments to the provinces. That's what Mr. Harper inherited in 2006. But Mr. Harper blew it.

New Tory Ad Claims (Again) Trudeau Is 'Just Not Ready'

The Huffington Post Canada | Jessica Chin | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Politics

Don't stop us if you've heard this one before...

Canadian Muslims Must Use Their Votes This Election

Steven Zhou | Posted 08.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Steven Zhou

This year's election will probably mark a watershed when it comes to how the Muslims see themselves politically. Different narratives animate various camps within the community, but there seem to be sizeable movement on both ends of the spectrum.

WATCH: Whose Platform Is It Anyway?

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 08.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Welcome to the 2015 federal election, the campaign where the platforms are made up and the promises DO matter

Barrage Of Election Ads Has Only Just Begun

CBC | Posted 08.04.2015 | Canada Politics

Money buys repetition, and political advertising is certain to be dominated by those who can afford it.

Why Trudeau Can't Say Yes to a Coalition With Mulcair

Terezia Farkas | Posted 07.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Terezia Farkas

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is right to say no to any coalition talks with the NDP. It's a con game by the NDP and one that would make voters punish the Liberals. For one thing, the Liberals and the NDP are very different on issues like the Sherbrooke Declaration and the Senate. Then there's the question who'll lead and for how long. A coalition also begs the question why should you vote if the second and third status parties are going to knock out the sitting government.

NDP Open To Coalition, But Liberals Say No

CP | Steve Lambert and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.23.2015 | Canada Politics

"The Liberal voters that I know are as fed up with Stephen Harper as anybody," said NDP MP Nathan Cullen.

Trudeau's Plan for the Middle Class Will Reduce Inequality in Canada

Stephane Dion | Posted 07.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Reducing inequalities, if well done as per the progressive Trudeau Plan, will benefit our economy; increasing inequality -- the regressive Harper or Mulcair way -- will only harm it. A strong economy, a just society, a healthy environment: why should we have to choose? If we make the right decisions, we can better achieve all of these goals, precisely because we will not have given up on any of them. Trudeau's plan for fairness to the middle class is one of those good decisions Canadians have to make, in the interest of all.

Should the NDP Be Allowed to Run This Election?

Daniel Dickin | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

NDP leader Thomas Mulcair is already taking measurements for new drapes in the Prime Minister's Office, but he might have a more pressing matter to deal with: whether he should even be allowed to contest this fall's election.

Canada Needs More Political Parties

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

Coalitions are part of our democracy, part of many democracies. Politicians who don't believe in coalitions are like lawyers who don't believe in the law. All of our federal leader have shied away from this aspect of our democracy and shame on them for it.

Trudeau's Record Shows He's Not a Leader

Daniel Dickin | Posted 07.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Justin Trudeau is simply not qualified for the job of prime minister. That's the argument of the first hard-hitting book that looks at Justin Trudeau's record as leader of the Liberal Party, The Dauphin: The Truth about Justin Trudeau.

Why Election Campaigns Are Like Shark Week

Quito Maggi | Posted 07.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

To put it in its simplest terms, this election will be like a feeding frenzy -- there is blood in the water and the sharks are circling. There is definitely a megashark in the water, he is ready to rip and tear his opponents apart to assert his role as the apex megashark. He's a shark, it's what they do.

Our National Security Depends On Climate Action

Andrew Leslie | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Andrew Leslie

It is next to impossible to develop an appropriate plan for dealing with security threats unless you understand what has caused them. And it may seem counterintuitive, at first, to link Canadian national security concerns with international climate change. However, recent negative trends affecting our already fragile climate, and the associated impacts on weather and the global ecosystem, are a real and present danger to our national security.

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.