Canada Liberals

Enough Trudeaumania, Let's See Some Real Progress

James Di Fiore | Posted 05.05.2016 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

Trudeau talked about feminism. He took some selfies. He appeared on the cover of several magazines. Then he and Obama made some jokes. Then he did a one-armed push up. Those are just a small sampling of his antics since taking office. And now, I think I've had just about enough. Trudeau is clearly milking his greatest strength. His likability is off the charts, but with so many important issues happening in Canada right now do we really need to constantly be reminded that our prime minister is approachable and hip?

It's Time To Rip The Band-Aid Off Canada's Daycare Crisis

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 04.27.2016 | Canada Parents
Joshua Ostroff

Extending maternity/parental leave to 18 months doesn't actually solve the problem. It's a ninja turtle Band-Aid that looks cool and will make us feel better until it's peeled off and we are faced with the same bloody daycare crisis. In 2008 UNICEF declared Canada tied for the worst child care out of the world's 25 richest countries. Since then costs have only gone up and access has only gone down. There are available spaces for only one out of every five Canadian kids. It's clearly high time for Canada to build on Quebec's lead and develop a universal child care program that extends across the country just like universal health care, social security and education already do.

Liberal's Statement On Assisted Dying Law Full Of Baloney

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.21.2016 | Canada Politics

"If colleagues ultimately decide to defeat this legislation, they also need to understand the legislative and legal consequences of having a complete vacuum..."

Prioritize Federal Spending On Federal Responsibilities

Susanne DiCocco | Posted 04.08.2016 | Canada Politics
Susanne DiCocco

The first budget delivered by the Liberals signaled a return to 1970s Trudeaupian Liberalism, not just with its flagrant disregard for balanced budgets and ballooning debt, but also by disregarding a core accountability under our Constitution: Canada's military.

Political Correctness Is A Right-Wing Myth

Ward Anderson | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

With the entire continent engaged in some of the most polarizing politics seen in decades, everyone seems to have one thing in common: Everyone thinks people these days are too easily offended. But they aren't. They're no different than they've ever been. And, as for political correctness, it doesn't exist.

Can Open Party Membership Unite The Left?

Keith Beardsley | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

Anyone who signs up with the Liberals (with no membership fee involved) will have the right to take part in policy development, nomination meetings, conventions and future elections of the leader. The Conservatives have gone in the opposite direction to the Liberals with their new $25 membership fee that has to be paid by cheque or credit card. In effect the Conservatives have managed to make themselves more exclusive rather than inclusive. The Liberals have broadened their tent while the Conservatives shrank theirs. Time will tell who made the right move.

Desperation Is Setting In For The Ontario Liberals

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 03.28.2016 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Rather than show real leadership and work with physicians, the Liberals, desperate to increase their popularity and to cover up their mismanagement of the health-care system, have chosen to vilify the one group of people that could reasonably have helped not only them, but the people of Ontario, in improving the health-care system.

Liberals' 2016 Budget Opts For Big Spending Over Restraint

Alexandre Laurin | Posted 03.23.2016 | Canada Business
Alexandre Laurin

We've seen this story before in the mid-1990s, when out-of-control deficits and an impending sovereign debt crisis led to painful spending cuts and tax increases. The government is wrong to make the return to budget balance conditional on strong economic growth. Population aging is already taking its toll on long-term projections, and too many unforeseen events can derail the fiscal path. Only tight fiscal discipline can balance the budget within a reasonable timeframe, protecting Canadians' standards of living from future large tax increases and cuts to government services.

Liberal Budget To Include Money For Affordable Housing, Sources Say

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The money is expected to flow through an existing program, likely the Homelessness Partnering Strategy that doles out $105 million to cities annually.

A Voter's Guide To This Year's Political Labels

David Martin | Posted 03.11.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

For the average voter, it's hard to analyze this fight over political labels. Republicans and Democrats alike have their arcane political litmus tests. But it's really not that difficult if you use this handy guideline to help ideologically classify the candidates:

Grits Share 'Common Objective' With Pipeline Supporters: Minister

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.09.2016 | Canada Politics

The natural resources minister faced a barrage of questions in the Senate on Wednesday.

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Jonathan Scott | Posted 03.07.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

We decided early on that, while we would of course ensure we had messaging towards youth across the country, and support young campaigners in constituencies nationwide, our focus had to be tailored to where we could be most effective. We decided to focus our efforts organizing constituencies with campuses.

Liberals Raise Cap On Family Visa Program

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Raising the cap on applications was a promise made by the Liberals during the election campaign.

Finance Minister To Shed Light On Gloomy Economic Outlook

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.21.2016 | Canada Politics

He's set to unveil fresh numbers Monday.

Trudeau Promotes Spending To Help Economy Amid Weak Outlook

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau said it's more important than ever for the Liberal government to spend on growth-generating projects.

Canada Should Not Be Intimidated Into Ratifying The TPP

Jerry Dias | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Business
Jerry Dias

Now that the Trans Pacific Partnership has been signed, maybe we can have the honest, open and transparent debate that Canadians were denied during the federal election -- and which the new Liberal government in Ottawa has promised. So, let's have that debate. There's certainly a lot to talk about.

New System To Sort Through Canadian Census Data Facing Delays

CP | Jordan Press, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2016 | Canada Politics

The project is designed to make it easier for visitors to the Statistics Canada website to organize, read and play with the data statistical agency collects.

Liberals Insist They're Doing More Than Just 'Repealing' Tory Acts

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics

“If we made a commitment in the election to repeal something, that is our initiative."

Wedge Politics Gave Conservatives A 'Wedgie' In The 2015 Federal Election

Jack Jedwab | Posted 02.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Jack Jedwab

In many countries the admission of immigrants is the object of highly emotional political debates. Several political parties in Europe have adopted an...

Grits To Require GHG Emissions Review For Pipeline Projects

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.27.2016 | Canada Politics

"We believe it is important and, in fact, essential to rebuild Canadians' trust in our environmental assessment processes."

Is Canada's Financial Cupboard Really Bare?

David Martin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Canada Politics
David Martin

The Liberals' primary planned revenue generator is the increased tax rate for Canadians in the upper income tax bracket but it's coupled with a one-and-a-half percent cut for middle income earners. They originally claimed that these measures taken together would add $3 billion to the federal coffers. However, they're already backing away from that rosy prediction.

Budget Challenges Ahead As Some Spending Vows Still Uncosted

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 01.18.2016 | Canada Politics

The dimming economy is not the only challenge facing Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Gloomy Economic News Looms Over Liberal Cabinet Meeting

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 01.17.2016 | Canada Politics

The economy will be on the agenda for the cabinet meeting with a slumping loonie, declining oil prices and disappointing job numbers.

OLG Lockout Is The Result Of A Decade Of Dysfunction

Larry Rousseau | Posted 01.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

OLG has locked workers out of four sites in the last four months of 2015 -- in Brantford, Sudbury, Woodbine/Toronto (all since ended) and most recently Rideau-Carleton/Ottawa. Management locked out 124 of its workers after they rejected what any reasonable observer would conclude was a very lousy offer.

The Prescription For Primary Care Isn't More Bureaucracy

Sohail Gandhi | Posted 12.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Sohail Gandhi

Alleging the need to improve certain primary care metrics, Hoskins' paper rolls out a basis for a "discussion" and "engagement process" that is based on the Price Report. However, what's clear is that not only is Hoskins acting in a duplicitous manner, he hasn't actually looked at what patients want.