Liberal Party of Canada

Why Trudeau Has Harper and Mulcair Spooked

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.14.2014 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

It was exactly one year ago today that Justin Trudeau was elected Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. A year later, the positive mood continues. Politics shouldn't be a sour competition among unhappy people about who can make voters angrier. It should, instead, be about who and what to vote FOR, and the greater country we can build together for our children. That attitude is Justin Trudeau's greatest advantage.

An Open Nomination Doesn't Mean Liberals Reward Bad Behaviour

Hon. Carolyn Bennett | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Hon. Carolyn Bennett

There seems to be some confusion as to the difference between open nominations and the commitment in the Liberal Party for open and fair nominations. In 2009, when we presented the "Change Commission" report to the Liberal Party of Canada, we really wanted to call it "Stop Rewarding Bad Behaviour." From coast to coast to coast we had heard stories of 'bad behaviour' in nomination and leadership races that were seriously turning people off the political process.

The NDP Is Filibustering Democracy

Daniel Dickin | Posted 03.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

At some point, the NDP has to learn that their filibustering tactics only result in further efforts to limit debate through closure and time allocation measures. The NDP aren't defending democracy by filibustering -- they're filibustering democracy.

Today's Liberals Could Ruin Canada

Jason Clemens | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Politics
Jason Clemens

The policy direction of the Liberal Party of Canada and its leader Justin Trudeau seem to indicate that the party is rejecting the successful pragmatism of the 1990s. Instead, the federal Liberals favour a more interventionist and activist government, much like that of the current Ontario Liberal government. If such policies are enacted, the results would be ruinous for Canada.

6 Things Liberals Got Out Of The Convention

CBC | Posted 02.23.2014 | Canada Politics

The Liberals' three-day policy convention was a chance for rank and file party members to get used to a reborn version of their party. It was the...

Why Canada Needs a Basic Income Pilot To Reduce Poverty

Jesse Helmer | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics
Jesse Helmer

The point is not that specific credits or programs should be replaced or specific tax increases should be adopted -- but that it will take change on this scale to introduce a basic income that will make a real difference in terms of poverty. If we are serious about reducing poverty, we must confront these choices head on.

Althia Raj

Five Things To Watch At The Liberal Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 02.20.2014 | Canada Politics

Justin Trudeau’s first policy convention as Liberal leader kicks off in Montreal Thursday. Three thousand delegates and paid observers are expected ...

At the Liberal Convention No Conservative Pettiness Allowed

Deborah Coyne | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The Liberal policy convention will bring together a wide range of dedicated Canadians determined to address constructively Canada's long-term potential and challenges. I am looking forward to many refreshing debates and discussions, with or without any childish and petty Conservative shenanigans.

Trudeau's Concordia Speech Was Tired and Uninspired

Michael Eugenio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

Trudeau's speech was largely the same old rhetoric you'd expect to hear from any "progressive" politician about "wanting to create a better Canada, a better world." Obviously any politician with four hundred or so students staring down at him is going to say how much the youth are important and how they should go out and vote.

Trudeau's Abolition of Liberal Senators Changes Nothing

Daniel Dickin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Originally published for the Prince Arthur Herald Justin Trudeau has banished all 32 Liberal Senators from the Liberal caucus, yet he's managed to ...

Trudeau's Support of Keystone XL Is Dangerous for Canada

Adam Shedletzky | Posted 04.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Adam Shedletzky

Trudeau professes to be capable of both meaningfully combatting climate change and supporting oil sands expansion. Yet he recently went so far as to proclaim that "the opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline in the United States and elsewhere is not scientific." Leaving oil in the ground is precisely what must happen. The longer Trudeau loudly supports the oil industry without a similarly strong signal that he is committed to meaningful action on climate change, the harder it will be, should he win, to enact the bold policies the scientific community is actually calling for.

Don't Blame the Unions For Your Behaviour, Mr. Fantino

Mark Towhey | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Mark Towhey

Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino's behaviour towards a group of veterans last week disgusted me. And, when he blamed his behaviour on the actions of a union I became outraged. The union may very well have told the veterans a one-sided story about how their poor members are being hard done-by. That doesn't excuse the minister's behaviour. As a free public service for cabinet ministers and others in leadership roles, I'm going to offer up some completely unsolicited advice, right here, right now, at no charge. When a veteran is angry with you for being late, you say, "I'm sorry."

Why Trudeau's Senate Agenda is Both Confused and Confusing

J.J. McCullough | Posted 04.05.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

What's all this junk about getting some expert panel to appoint the Senators? Ol' Pepall thinks that sounds like the "Guardian Council in Tehran," and he's not in favour of turning Canada into a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy, which I think we can all agree is the real crux of this issue.

Trudeau: We're In The Money!

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Federal Liberals are boasting that they broke a bunch of fundraising records in the last three months of 2013 — raising more money than the...

First Pot, Now Prostitution

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - First it was pot; now it's prostitution.Liberals broke new ground at their last national policy convention, becoming the first federal party ...

A Troubling 2013 for Justin Trudeau's Liberals

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Trudeau has been completely unable to define the Liberal Party or Trudeau brand under his leadership. On second thought, in Trudeau's first eight months as Liberal leader, he has said a lot. He just hasn't said the right things to make him worthy of leading this country.

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

What Winnipeg Will Look Like in 2015

Quito Maggi | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Politics
Quito Maggi

In Provencher, the Liberals gained 23 per cent compared to the Conservatives who lost 12.5 per cent and the NDP who lost almost 10 per cent. Provencher is just outside the boundaries of Winnipeg further east from St. Boniface but at the same time, Provencher is one of the safest conservative seats in the country - not to mention rural.

Bob Rae, Rosedale and Rosa Parks

Rachel Décoste | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Politics
Rachel Décoste

Why is Bob Rae using a "back of the bus" analogy to defend his million-dollar mansion club? Does he realize that a number of Torontonians, and a number of voters, are indeed outsiders when it comes to this level of wealth and privilege? Borrowing the cloak of the less-fortunate to feign victimhood is too much to bear.

Trudeau May Not Be Alone in Admiring Dictatorships

Sean Holman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sean Holman

When Justin Trudeau said last week that he had a "level of admiration" for China's "basic dictatorship," the understandable knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and pundits was to kick the federal Liberal leader. But while that gaffe was reprehensible, it was hardly incomprehensible and perhaps entirely understandable given the structure of our own political system, the parties within it and how some Canadians feel about dictatorships.

The Government Must Do More to Support Our Ill and Injured Forces

Joyce Murray | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Joyce Murray

This week is Veterans Week, a time for all Canadians to reflect on the courage and sacrifices made by veterans of past wars and missions. It is also a fitting time to recognize the struggles of the men and women currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and the sacrifices of their families.

Hey Justin, We're Not Your "Ladies"

Kathryn Marshall | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kathryn Marshall

Thursday night in Toronto, "ladies" are invited for cocktails and candid conversation (for $250 a head) with Justin -- unplugged! The Liberal Party has even been so kind as to craft an invitation specially for our gender, complete with cute cursive writing and lots of splashy colours. The only thing missing from this creepy, patronizing and unbelievably ridiculous picture are scented pages and locks of Trudeau's hair as door prizes. Fortunately, Trudeau's plan has totally backfired.

The Tories Are A Fighting Machine With Money to Burn - Don't Write Their Obituary Yet

Michael Eugenio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Michael Eugenio

The Tories have money on their side, and lots of it. They are a powerhouse when it comes to grassroots fundraising, outperforming both the NDP and Liberals by far. In 2012 alone, when one would expect fundraising dollars to be on the low side, the Tories raked in $17.3 million from 87,306 contributors.

Has Canada's Reputation Really Diminished Since Harper Took the Reins?

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Kokulan Mahendiran

While much of the media and many in the opposition like to say that women's rights have faltered under Harper, the Thompson Reuters Foundation actually ranked Canada the best G20 country for women last year on account of its "strong policies against violence and exploitation combined with good access to education and healthcare."

Like it or Not, Justin Trudeau Has Staying Power

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

What do you do when your opponent has the potential to challenge you in some hard-won ridings, possibly putting your majority at risk? That's the question Prime Minister Harper and his advisers are grappling with. Like it or not, the emergence of Justin Trudeau and his staying power has changed the political dynamics in Ottawa.