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Chrystia Freeland's 'Public' TPP Consultations Are Anything But

Sujata Dey | Posted 03.29.2016 | Canada Business
Sujata Dey

On the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), International Trade minister Chrystia Freeland has claimed to be in "listening mode." And she says no decision has been made yet. It is widely reported that she is touring the country to hear Canadians on the TPP. But it is not clear whom she is actually consulting.

Tories Allege PM's Using U.S. Visit To Raise Funds, Promote Friends

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics

"Drive-by smears about phoney fundraising events, frankly, are not honourable in this House."

The Conservatives' Rhetoric On Pipelines Is A Blast From The Past

Greg MacNeil | Posted 02.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Greg MacNeil

Rather than engaging in a robust post-election rebuilding process and seeking to broaden its base, the Conservative party has decided to retreat into their comfort zone of regional grievance politics. Under the leadership of Rona Ambrose, the Conservatives appear to be abandoning any attempt to repair the national coalition that swept them to power in 2006. Indeed, today they look more like the Canadian Alliance of the early 2000s than the governing Conservatives of the last 10 years. The latest and most obvious example of this is the party's recent opposition day motion on the Energy East pipeline.

The Internet Has Only Widened Our Political Divisions

David Martin | Posted 02.01.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

The presumption is that access to more and more policy and opinion websites allows people to achieve ever-higher levels of understanding. In truth, the explosion of easily obtainable information may well have had the opposite effect.

Bring The House Back Early And Give Canada Answers

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

How many times did we hear the media complain that the Conservatives used talk points all the time, often reading them from prepared scripts? We are now starting to see the Liberals doing the same thing. When asked about the need to get our downward spiraling economy moving, Trudeau's stock answer was, "We are going to do this right. We are going to do this responsibly." The only thing lacking was a piece of paper while he read the answer. For the party that promised to do things differently, it is much of the same. We haven't seen anything concrete to address the sinking dollar or get the economy moving.

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...

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.

Trudeau Needs The Courage To Reform Our Criminal Justice System

Dyanoosh Youssefi | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Dyanoosh Youssefi

The current system has tremendous shortcomings -- it abandons victims, leaving them to heal alone, at times powerless, and without any meaningful answers. There is a better way to help victims heal and to hold offenders accountable for their acts while empowering them to improve their lives. That alternative is restorative justice.

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...

When a Majority Is Not a Majority

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

only 39 per cent of those who voted chose Liberal candidates. Four years ago the Conservatives took 39 per cent of the popular vote and were also a "majority." The "majority" before that was another Liberal one. The last time we had a real majority government in Canada was back in 1984 when the Mulroney Conservatives got 50.03 per cent of the popular vote.

What Miners Can Expect From a Liberal Government in Canada

John Cumming | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Business
John Cumming

Perhaps the biggest change that mine developers will see with the new government is the Liberals' determination to reverse the Conservatives' streamlining of environmental approvals by skipping the federal approval process, if the project had already met environmental approvals at the provincial level.

How Do the Leaders Rate Post-Munk Debate?

Ian Capstick | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Ian Capstick

Each of the leaders would present a different face of Canada to the world. Mulcair clearly demonstrated a new NDP approach to the realm of foreign affairs for Canada. Trudeau worked hard to dig into his opponents, but didn't present himself as a possible world leader. Stephen Harper managed to stay out of any major trouble and reinforced his image as a "tough on terror" PM.

Sorry Harper, the Canada-EU Trade Agreement Is Still Not a Done Deal

Maude Barlow | Posted 09.26.2015 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

A year ago -- Sept. 26 to be exact -- Prime Minister Harper announced the conclusion of negotiations of the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The flights alone cost $300,000.

Liberals Threaten To Pull Out Of Munk Debate Over Lack Of French

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics

"We agreed in principle, under the presumption that this was a bilingual debate; however, this is clearly not a bilingual debate."

Conservatives' Take on Assisted Dying Plays Politics With Peoples' Lives

Dr. David Robertson | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics
Dr. David Robertson

This summer, the Conservative government quietly announced that it had struck a panel of experts to consult Canadians on their views on assisted dying -- nearly six months after the Supreme Court issued its historic ruling on assisted dying. No matter that 84 per cent of Canadians support physician assisted dying, or that the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled it is a patient right. The Conservative government has consistently opposed it.

Mulcair Is Putting Canada At Risk By Pandering to Separatists

Hon. Navdeep Bains | Posted 07.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hon. Navdeep Bains

All Canadians, regardless of their home province, want a principled federal Government that gets things done, not one that panders, not one that is reckless, and certainly not one that lowers the bar for the break-up of our country. Thomas Mulcair hopes to woo separatists into voting NDP and he's putting the healed wounds of our national unity at risk to do so. Our country is at a crossroads. After nearly a decade of Harper they are hungry for real change and a positive new course.

Liberals Getting Their Groove Back, Polls Suggest

The Huffington Post Canada | Zi-Ann Lum | Posted 02.25.2016 | Canada Politics

“This is going to be a very interesting election.”

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.

After Copenhagen, Let the Defiance of Paris Lead Us

Lauryn Oates | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

On January 7, I happened to be driving through the 11th arrondisement of Paris when I saw a police van jolt to a stop and a half dozen officers jump o...

A Liberal Climate Change Plan Is Pure Fiction

Leona Aglukkaq | Posted 08.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Leona Aglukkaq

The suggestion that the Liberals have any climate change plan is completely fictitious. So far the only plan the Liberals have put forward is a carbon tax that will do nothing but punish hard working Canadian families by raising the cost of everything. Our government understands that you need to do more than just watch children's movies .It is actually quite rich that Mr. McKay would even raise this issue as he was part of a government that took no action to address climate change.

Justin Trudeau Proves Pro-Choice Is Anti-Choice

Andrea Mrozek | Posted 07.09.2014 | Canada Politics
Andrea Mrozek

As a pro-life woman, it is certainly heartening to see the lack of receptivity to Justin Trudeau's position that pro-life candidates need not apply to be nominees for the Liberal Party. There has not been much (any?) support for this bold declaration that freedom of speech and conscience ought to be denied Liberal nominees. His position sounds extreme. But is it? In my opinion, Mr. Trudeau's remarks are a logical extension of pro-choice philosophy. In spite of the rhetoric, being pro-choice is not actually always in favour of choice. I'm not talking about the woman here; I'm talking about the developing human in the womb.

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.

Long Road Ahead for Broten's NDP

Cole Hogan | Posted 11.29.2013 | Canada Alberta
Cole Hogan

The Saskatchewan Party has launched a political advertisement against the new leader of the Saskatchewan NDP and Leader of the Official Opposition, Cam Broten. The advertisement attempts to tether Broten to the previous NDP leader, Dwain Lingenfelter, and to the party's 2011 First Nations resource revenue sharing policy.

Secularism and Canada's Divided Left

Jackson Doughart | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Politics
Jackson Doughart

There are many differences between the platonic idea of secularism and the secularist statute proposed last week in Quebec. These differences will doubtless count against the Charter of Values, especially in English Canada, where a discrete conception of religious freedom and suspicions of sovereigntist motivations have elicited much scepticism.

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Brand Problems

Daniel Dickin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

One of the first orders of business for new political party leaders is the branding of their party. What will their party stand for? What will they do if elected? How will their policies help Canadian families? The Liberals and the media together have been closely watching Justin Trudeau since he became leader. They want to see what Trudeau's brand will be. So far, his biggest alignment has been with illegal activity. Not a great start.