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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.

Will Canada Be Awash With Americans If Trump Becomes President?

Robert Waite | Posted 12.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Robert Waite

It happens every four years.The United States holds a presidential election -- and many of its citizens claim they will move to Canada if one of the contenders is elected. This year, with the advent of people like Donald Trump and Ted Cruz on the right (and Democrats Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton on the left), these mutterings have become increasingly louder.

Ottawa's New Down Payment Rules Aren't Necessarily A Bad Thing

Samantha Brookes | Posted 12.16.2015 | Canada Business
Samantha Brookes

Newly appointed Finance Minister Bill Morneau grabbed lots of headlines last week with the announcement that the Liberal government was imposing more stringent down payment requirements for buying a home. The move is meant to take the air out of the still-hot housing markets of Toronto and Vancouver, and it may well do that.

Conservatives Perfectly Suited For Uncovering Liberal Scandals

David Martin | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

First it was the Liberals' failed promise to receive 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year. Thanks to Tory pit bulls on the Hill, Justin Trudeau has had to admit a delay of 60 long days in meeting his government's target. Who knows? The goal may now not even be reached until the end of March!

Canada's Climate Inaction Undermines Its Words In Paris

Cameron Fenton | Posted 12.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

I am really confused by my government right now, because when it comes to climate action, it feels like I have two different governments. One government is in Paris, and their words on climate sound like the kind of ambition we need. The other one is in Ottawa, and its actions are looking more and more like the Harper government's on climate change.

Liberals To Give RCMP Collective Bargaining Rights

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 12.07.2015 | Canada Politics

Minister Ralph Goodale said the government was "anxious" to move forward with the plan.

Throne Speech Signals Trudeau Government Wants To Be Different

Althia Raj | Posted 12.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Althia Raj

Just as Trudeau did when he invited the public to the swearing-in of his cabinet ministers at Rideau Hall, or by meeting with the provincial and territorial ministers for the first time since 2009, or by attending the UN climate change summit with his provincial counterparts and opposition leaders, Trudeau is signalling that his is a different government. Gone is Stephen Harper's uncaring, exclusionary and secretive government. Instead, the Liberals are saying, they will be open, transparent, collaborative and caring. Time will tell whether they hold true to those promises.

'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.

We Must Protect The Interests Of Medical Cannabis After Legalization

Jenna Valleriani | Posted 11.20.2015 | Canada Living
Jenna Valleriani

My only hope is that the eventual regulating bodies take a broader look at public health outcomes, and we fight against a purely commercial cannabis market. We should acknowledge Canada's distinct history when it comes to reform, cannabis policy and medical cannabis.

Justin Trudeau Is No Rock Star

David Martin | Posted 11.19.2015 | Canada Politics
David Martin

To attribute Justin Trudeau's ascendancy to a rock star phenomenon such as his father Pierre Trudeau experienced back in 1968 is to misread current Canadian politics. What happened, in fact, was less a cult of personality than a national plebiscite on the rule of the much-hated incumbent, Stephen Harper.

We Need A Responsible Timeline For Canada's Refugee Commitment

Catherine Chatterley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Catherine Chatterley

Unfortunately, there is a stubborn quality to the Prime Minister's current commitment to meet his election promise of admitting 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by Christmas. There is an easy solution to this current impasse between the facts on the ground today and an election promise made months ago. Set a reasonable timeline and follow the responsible policies of the American government.

What The Liberals' Tax Promises May Mean For Your TFSA

Caroline Battista | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Business
Caroline Battista

Parliament will reconvene on December 3. While the priority focus will be on marginal tax rates for the middle class and those making more than $200,000, it's worth paying attention to a proposal that was a key promise from the Liberals: rolling back TFSA contribution limits from $10,000 to $5,500.

Liberals Promise Canadian Scientists Can Now 'Speak Freely'

The Huffington Post Canada | Maham Abedi | Posted 11.09.2015 | Canada Politics

The unmuzzling has begun.

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.

Trudeau To Get To Work Immediately After Swearing-In Ceremony

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics

They're likely to take action right away to reinstate the long-form census.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.