Liberal Party of Canada

Small Steps Towards Re-Engagement With Iran

Navid Hassibi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Navid Hassibi

Re-engaging Tehran does not mean that Canada and Iran will become strategic partners, however, if Canada can engage with Saudi Arabia, a country with which little is shared in terms of values, then surely it can engage with Iran whose population is highly secular and Western-leaning.

Bill C-51: We Don't Have To Choose Between Security And Civil Liberties

Jennifer Hollett | Posted 01.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Jennifer Hollett

Bill C-51 is simply unCanadian: it's vague legislation that violates the human rights and freedoms which define us as a country. The Liberal government has committed to rewrite what they describe as "problematic elements" of Bill C-51 and introduce new legislation that strengthens accountability in regards to national security, balancing this with rights and freedoms.

Looking Ahead At The Liberals In 2016

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

So far Trudeau has set a new tone and the media are still wrapped up in the photo ops. But it is substance that he has to worry about and as the year progresses Canadians will have different markers to measure him against -- broken promises being one of them.

Syrian Refugees And The Numbers Game

Peter Landry | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

Numbers coming from the government and political operatives should give pause to any observer. Why? Because rarely do either have the expertise or data sources to make reliable predictions. When they do, other factors come into play that skews the totals. The usual culprit is misguided optimism to demonstrate competence or distinguish from the opposition.

10 Big Challenges Facing Trudeau's Government In 2016

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 12.28.2015 | Canada Politics

Now comes the hard part.

Political Will Is Necessary To Protect Quebec's Aerospace Workers

David Chartrand | Posted 12.21.2015 | Canada Business
David Chartrand

On November 3, the Court of Appeal of Quebec asked Air Canada to return the maintenance of its fleet to Montreal, Winnipeg and Mississauga so that it may respect the Air Canada Public Participation Act. Air Canada has until January 4 to appeal the decision.

Canada's Tax System Is Overdue For An Overhaul

Dennis Howlett | Posted 12.18.2015 | Canada Business
Dennis Howlett

There is little argument that Canadians deserve a fair tax system. It is unacceptable that there be even the slightest perception that corporations and wealthy individuals can avoid tax investigations by hiring a lobbyist or high-priced tax lawyer. The minister should be demanding answers -- on behalf of all Canadians -- from her senior managers.

Liberals To Reconsider Controversial Communism Monument

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.17.2015 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA — It's back to the drawing board — and a less controversial location — for a much-maligned memorial to victims of communism in the nation...

A Referendum Rarely Leads To Electoral Reform

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Justin Trudeau said he was favourable to changing the electoral system and that he would prefer alternative voting to our actual majoritarian system. What would be the alternative? And what considerations should we have in mind when discussing whether to implement it by referendum or not?

Liberal Copyright Reform May Nix Canadian Access To U.S. Netflix

Michael Geist | Posted 12.09.2015 | Canada Business
Michael Geist

The prospect of considering expanded blocking for copyright purposes validates the fears of civil liberties groups that the introduction of blocking requirements invariably expands to cover a wider net of content. Canadian copyright was already on track for a boisterous debate in the coming years with changes such as copyright term extension mandated by the Trans Pacific Partnership and a review of the law scheduled for 2017. If government officials envision adding VPN usage, access to U.S. Netflix and website blocking to the list of issues, copyright could emerge as one of the government's most difficult and controversial issues.

The New Parliamentary Secretary Roles Are A Welcomed Change

Peter Landry | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

rime Minister Justin Trudeau's announcement that his parliamentary secretaries will be given real responsibilities -- including on policy matters central to the government's agenda -- is welcome news. It is also good management. Smart parliamentary secretaries will use the opportunity to dig in and deliver results that will get noticed.

'Nannygate' Is Not A Real Issue

Lauren Messervey | Posted 12.03.2015 | Canada Parents
Lauren Messervey

Never mind that Trudeau has already attracted admiration from several world leaders, improved foreign relations and made good with his promise to aid Syrian refugees,. Never mind that he's only been Prime Minister for less than two months and has been actively working for the change that he promised. No, no, let's talk about how he and his wife hired a NANNY.

How Exactly Are The Liberals Going To Overhaul GiC Appointments?

Victor Choi | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Victor Choi

The Liberals had promised a new, government-wide appointment process that is open and based on merit. They recently reaffirmed that promise and added that they will ensure gender parity and that indigenous peoples and minority groups are reflected in positions of leadership. Nobody yet knows what this new government-wide process will look like.

Liberals Say Patronage Appointment Overhaul To Have Gender Parity

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.29.2015 | Canada Politics

The Liberals say appointments including everything from the cabinet to the Supreme Court to boards of Crown corporations will have gender parity and reflect more indigenous peoples and minority groups.

Why Are Canadians Griping About Harper In The New York Times?

Patrick Luciani | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Patrick Luciani

I don't fault the New York Times liberal editorial pages celebrating a Liberal victory in Canada. It's their paper and they can print what they want. What got me were the Canadian journalists who rushed to their liberal friends down south with op-eds to complain how awful things were up here under Harper.

Trudeau Wants You To Buy This Shirt -- For $100

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics

And he's actually late to the party...

Let's Hope Trudeau's New Era Of Media Accountability Lasts

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.10.2015 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

The true test of the Trudeau team's openness will come when actual decisions are being made, when real people start to object, when the human beings running the place start making mistakes. The national press gallery may be charmed for now, grateful that the Harper years of cold war are over. It will not last. Parliament Hill reporters are top professionals who will be ready to pounce when things inevitably go off the rails. When that happens, will the smiling ministers of day one remain available to be interrogated, challenged, or even hectored?

To Those Griping About Diversity In Cabinet - Employment Equity Isn't New

Sandy Kiaizadeh | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Sandy Kiaizadeh

As did many other Canadians yesterday, I too watched our newly elected Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers get sworn in at Rideau Hall. It was after all, an historic moment in our nation's history -- certainly one the Canadian public had never before been invited to in years past.

What The Liberals' Tax Promises May Mean For You

Caroline Battista | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

In Canada, our system is unique to the individual, and tax obligations are based on each person's allowable deductions and credits. Knowing what to include is often difficult for filers because, across Canada, confusion about taxes persists. Knowing how influential taxes were in the election, let's make sure we understand what is out there and available.

Grassroots Strategy Isn't Just Feel-Good Politics, It Wins Elections

Jordan Ray | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Ray

The Liberal Party of Canada changed the way that it chose its leader by introducing the free, "supporter" category for new members. The move was viewed by some as dangerous. What the party faithful may not have realized was that the Liberals were kicking off a grassroots strategy that would strengthen the party.

Justin Trudeau's Rise To Power Didn't Come Easy

Sean Mallen | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Sean Mallen

Justin Trudeau's rise to the office held by his father was neither inexorable nor inevitable. He could have fallen off the tightrope several times along the way, but benefited from a convergence of talent and luck, wise counsel and an ability to learn. It is often forgotten that he was not handed a seat and did not pick an easy one.

Trudeau Invites May, Other Federal Leaders To UN Climate Summit

CP Politics | Joan Bryden | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada Politics

The premiers of all the provinces and territories that aren't facing an election this fall have also agreed to accompany Trudeau.

Everyone Freaked Out About Voter Suppression For No Good Reason

Daniel Dickin | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

Restrictive voter identification requirements preventing non-Conservatives from voting were a myth. Rather, voter turnout hit 68.3 per cent, the highest turnout in over two decades. It turns out, when you allow 38 different pieces of identification, people will overwhelmingly use those pieces of ID and just get on with voting.

National Security Should Not Come at the Cost of Canadians' Rights

Shahid Mahmood | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Shahid Mahmood

In 2004, I was disallowed from boarding an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Victoria. Since then, I have spent many years trying to get answers from the federal government as to why this happened. The NDP have pressed successive Liberal and Conservative governments to provide me answers.

Wynne 'Thrilled' Federal Liberals Willing To Work With Provinces

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

Wynne says the first real test of Trudeau's willingness to work with the provinces will be as Canada develops a climate-change strategy.