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Althia Raj

Divisive Issue Threatens To Overshadow Liberal Convention

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals are hoping for a modern, transparent convention.

Althia Raj

Liberal Party Document Creating Rifts That Could Leave 'Scars'

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics

Trudeau said the constitution offers Liberals the opportunity to "modernize" the party.

Why Ontario's Autism Debate Drives Parents To Rage And Tears

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.24.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

The idea that one group of children must be tossed aside for another is flawed and harmful. The problem of wait lists for autism therapy is simply one of government spending priorities. The only reason every single child with autism cannot immediately receive IBI is because the government is not immediately investing enough money for them to do so. But aren't the Liberals investing $333 million? Why isn't that enough?

Canadians Need A Better Public Pension Plan Not Empty Promises

Susan Eng | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

The Trudeau government's first budget offered hope but little change on increasing the CPP in our lifetime. After extolling the virtues of the Canada Pension Plan, we're told that the finance ministers talked about enhancing the CPP last December and set a goal of making a collective decision before the end of 2016.

Know What's Deeply Traumatic, Elbowgaters? Needing Assisted Dying

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

Something got lost in all this childish behaviour, especially once Tom Mulcair transitioned from apparently laughing at Trudeau losing his cool to losing his own cool and screaming that the Prime Minister was "pathetic" for accidentally elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest... What got lost was the bill they were debating, Bill C-14, the government's assisted-dying legislation. And it fell further from prominence once the NDP, the party that allegedly wants to make this bill better, saw an opportunity to use the accident as political leverage against the Prime Minister and perhaps for their own leadership ambitions.

More Scrutiny Will Become A Burden: Security Agencies

CP | Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.19.2016 | Canada Politics

The Liberals want to strengthen reviews of national spy services.

Let Trudeau Know Kinder Morgan Is A Bad Deal For B.C.

Kennedy Stewart | Posted 05.18.2016 | Canada Politics
Kennedy Stewart

Don't forget, way back in January 2014 Trudeau said about Kinder Morgan, "I certainly hope that we're going to be able to get that pipeline approved." Unless we make things uncomfortable for him politically, the prime minister will force this pipeline through our communities against our will -- the public's will.

Someone Tell The Ontario Liberals That Autism Doesn't End At 5

Janet McLaughlin | Posted 05.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Janet McLaughlin

When the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP agree on something, the issue must transcend ideology. On Tuesday the PCs, supported by their opposition colleagues, will move that the Ontario government restore funding for Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) therapy for children five years of age and over.

Liberals Talk Up Unusual Funding Model For Infrastructure

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.15.2016 | Canada Politics

The idea was put forward by Quebec's massive public pension fund manager.

Trudeau Doesn't Know What He's Doing

Robbie Kreger-Smith | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Politics
Robbie Kreger-Smith

"In a situation where Trudeau isn't qualified or trained to make decisions, he is listening to the guidance of the people who are educated and do this for a living."

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.