Liberal Party of Canada

There's Been No Bait-And-Switch On Cannabis Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 12.09.2016 | Canada Politics
Jenna Valleriani

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently expressed frustration around the current cannabis landscape, explaining, "Until we have brought in the proposed system... the current prohibition stands," and encouraging police to enforce the law, particularly as it pertains to the continued expansion of medical cannabis dispensaries in major cities across Canada. The response has been one of uniform frustration from many angles, but I don't believe Justin Trudeau actually lied about the Liberal party's intentions on the cannabis file.

Climate Leaders Don't Build Pipelines

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

Back in 2011, Canada made history by being the first country to formally pull out of the Kyoto Protocol. It was a bold move, but yesterday, Justin Trudeau actually managed to one up the feat, albeit in different style. On Tuesday, he approved the Kinder Morgan and Line 3 tar sands pipelines making Canada the first country on the planet to, in effect, promise to break the commitments they made to under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Storm Clouds Are On The Horizon For The Trudeau Government

Keith Beardsley | Posted 11.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

There are issues requiring tough decisions that a few selfies will not provide him with enough cover nor will they help him to change the channel to better issues or allow for better optics. His recent foot in mouth moment over his comments on Fidel Castro is just this past weekend's storm cloud. We also have other storm clouds developing on the horizon.

Liberals Plan To Phase Out Coal Power By 2030

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics

The government wants 90 per cent of Canada's electricity to come from sustainable sources by then.

Liberals Are Misleading Canadians On Electoral Reform (Blog)

Althia Raj | Posted 11.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Althia Raj

Is it because a consensus is forming not around a ranked ballot -- which is what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau previously said he preferred -- but rather around the NDP and Green Party's preferred option of a proportional system as long as Canadians, in a referendum, say they want it? Despite their claims, do the Liberals truly have the "broad support" of Canadians in mind when it comes time to put forth a new electoral system?

Book Excerpt: The Fight For A Principled Foreign Policy

Garnett Genuis | Posted 11.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

The previous Conservative government, imperfectly but sincerely, applied a principle-based lens to foreign policy decisions. This approach periodically won acclaim across the political spectrum, finding adherents even within the Liberal Party. Yet, to some Canadian Liberals, this approach was not only wrong-headed, it was entirely unintelligible.

Liberal MP Apologizes For Selling Himself As Licensed Engineer

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.14.2016 | Canada Politics

His license was cancelled in 1995.

Liberal MPs Defy Government Stance On Two Bills

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2016 | Canada Politics

"A free vote is a free vote. It's not just lip service."

Liberals Fight Accusations Of Shady Fundraising Practices

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau himself has defended the fundraisers.

We Are Coming To The Moment Of Truth On Electoral Reform

Jerry Dias | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

It's been one year since the election that our prime minister promised would be the last under the outdated first past the post system for electing Members of Parliament. The Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform has crisscrossed the country getting input from Canadians about what kind of electoral system they want -- and the message has been clear.

Wishful Thinking Won't Solve The Israel-Palestine Conflict

Thomas Woodley | Posted 10.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Thomas Woodley

This is a bit like commenting on a married couple who have severe marital problems, complete with shouting matches and physical abuse. While all their friends may agree that the marriage is in trouble and that the couple should get counselling, no true friend would allow the husband to repeatedly beat his wife as they wait for counselling. But Canadian political leaders seem perfectly willing to allow the "beating" to continue as they await the ever elusive negotiated solution ("counselling") between Israel and Palestine.

Muslim Canadians Must Hold The Trudeau Government Accountable

Nadine Tahan | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Nadine Tahan

A year has gone since Trudeau first came into office, offering a welcome message of change throughout his campaign. Yet, although Trudeau has had some accomplishments in office so far, Muslim Canadians must remain skeptical of his government and must be prepared to hold him accountable on issues that directly or indirectly impact our community.

Trudeau Gets A 'C' Rating For Failing To Deliver On Promises

Keith Beardsley | Posted 10.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

To be fair no government can deliver on everything in their first year. As the Trudeau Liberals are finding out, promises cost money and even free spending Liberals have to draw a line on what gets spent now and what gets pushed further down the road. Some of that is hidden under the guise of "consultation."

Islamophobia Is Now A Canadian Concern

Samer Majzoub | Posted 10.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Samer Majzoub

As the years have passed, the Canadian Muslim Forum (FMC-CMF), community organizations, activists, human rights groups, some public figures, intellectuals, elected officials and others have kept their worries very well exposed over the intensification of Islamophobia in the country.

Federal Government Totally Misses The Point On New Mortgage Rules

Douglas Hoyes | Posted 10.04.2016 | Canada Business
Douglas Hoyes

Under new mortgage rules just announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, all insured mortgage borrowers must now pass a "stress test" proving that they can carry a mortgage at a realistic rate (the Bank of Canada's conventional five-year fixed posted rate), and not simply the "teaser" rate offered for a short period by the mortgage lender.

LNG Approval Shakes My Faith In The Trudeau Government's Values

Andrew Frank | Posted 09.30.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Andrew Frank

As a progressive voter, it was disappointing to watch the press conference announcing the federal approval of Petronas' Pacific Northwest LNG project, an industrial project that would trample the rights and title of First Nations and make it virtually impossible for B.C. to meet greenhouse gas emission targets.

When Should Taxpayers Be On The Hook For Moving Expenses?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Most Canadians don't get their expenses covered when they move, although you can claim some expenses on your income tax if you moved over a minimum distance to a new job. I wonder what moving expenses media types get covered if they leave Ottawa and move to another city?

Islamophobia Petition Will Not Make It A Hate Crime In Canada

Faisal Kutty | Posted 09.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Faisal Kutty

This is a wonderful idea with great symbolic and even practical value in this day and age of rampant Islamophobia. I urge everyone to sign this petition. I also encourage your family and friends to do the same. Yet some of the people contacting me believe that the petition will create a new hate offence of Islamophobia

When Will The Liberals Realize Perception Is Everything In Politics

Keith Beardsley | Posted 09.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Politicians need to keep in mind that it is the small things that add up over time and it is the small things that get them booted out of office. It's the continual picking away by the opposition of the day and the media that eventually sours voters on a government. What was Trudeau thinking when he suggested to his top two staffers in their letter of employment that they could access this relocation program in its entirety?

Bill C-221 Will Fight Crime, Create Jobs And Help Reduce The Deficit

Bruce Moncur | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Politics
Bruce Moncur

I can see no benefit to allowing organized crime to collect one dollar let alone 10 billion. Legalizing marijuana and single sports betting will cripple their abilities to operate. Then there is the income it will produce to eliminate Liberal deficits crippling provinces and the country.

Feds Have Ignored Legal Order On First Nations Children: Advocate

CP | Kristy Kirkup, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.16.2016 | Canada Politics

Canadians need to know that the Trudeau government is not following a legal order, Blackstock said.

Open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Part 2

Kevin O'Leary | Posted 08.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Kevin O'Leary

Hi Premier Wynne, I'm worried. I asked you to keep me informed about the $1.9 billion you are extracting out of the Ontario economy in new carbon ta...

Ranked Ballot Voting System Might Not Give Grits The Edge: Experts

CP | Joan Bryden | Posted 08.15.2016 | Canada Politics

Assuming a Liberal advantage is "very much wrong-headed'' and "far too simplistic."

Is Justin Trudeau Listening To Pipeline Concerns, Or Just Pretending?

Cameron Fenton | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

During the 2015 election, the Liberal Party promised to listen to Canadians in an unprecedented way, and as we get closer to marking the first year of their government, signs have been good that they're trying to follow through. So much so that when it comes to climate change, it can feel like the government is trying to consult us to death. When it comes to climate consultation, the federal government is great at asking questions, but are they actually listening to the answers? The truth is, I don't know. The government of Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr in particular, have made no secret that they want to approve a pipeline.

Do We Have A Pattern Of Police Entrapment In Canada?

Monia Mazigh | Posted 08.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Monia Mazigh

Last week, Justice Catherine Bruce, a judge from British Columbia, made history in Canada and in North America in general. She ruled that John Nutall and Amanda Korody, two Canadian convicted on terrorism charges, were instead entrapped by the RCMP. The unusual factor here isn't that entrapment was used, but the decision of the judge to accept it as one.