Canada Parliament

How to Reform the Senate Without a Constitutional Amendment

Asher Honickman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Asher Honickman

The senators themselves could also aid in this democratization process by self-imposing term limits. Once again, this would come to pass over time as a matter of convention, not legislation. The senators would legally be appointed to age 75, but as a more democratic culture took hold, they would face pressure to step down after X number of years.

Justice Nadon's Dismissal Highlights a Permanently Flawed Institution

J.J. McCullough | Posted 05.24.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg As one of the key institutions of the federal government, it obviously makes sense for the Supreme Court to enjoy certain constitutional protections. But to decree that even modifying the resume criteria for the men and women who sit on it should require nothing short of a constitutional amendment is to cordon off yet another enormous realm of the broken Canadian political system from even the mildest tinkerings of common-sense improvement.

Canada's Sex Work Laws: Don't Break What We Worked So Hard to Fix

Nikki Thomas | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Nikki Thomas

Creating laws that are overly broad and ineffective will just push sex work back into the shadows, and will continue to make it less safe for all those involved. Sex work can be safe, clean, and beneficial to those of us who choose it as a career. It can be conducted ethically, honestly, and freely, with the full consent of all participants. It can be done right, in the privacy of our own homes, without exploitation; we just need to ensure that governments do not restrict our right to choose what we do with our own bodies.

August 29 Should Be Chris Hadfield Day

Irene Mathyssen, MP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Canada Politics
Irene Mathyssen, MP

Chris Hadfield truly is a remarkable Canadian. The motion, 'M-477' states that the government should "designate August 29th each year as Chris Hadfield Day." At a time when science is under attack by some, it is essential that we acknowledge its critical place in our past, present and future.

A First Look at the Reform Act

Daniel Dickin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Daniel Dickin

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was only introduced in the Hous...

Political Corruption Affects Real People

Akaash Maharaj | Posted 01.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Akaash Maharaj

Every year, political corruption kills as many as 140,000 children worldwide, by depriving them of medical care, food, and water. Yet, far too often, the perpetrators of the most outrageous acts of corruption are able to use their illicit wealth and power to pervert the very laws and institutions that should call them to account.

The Senate Scandal's True Victims Aren't Well-Dressed Elites

Glen Pearson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

The real scandal of politics at present is not about a number of high profile, well-attired, and well-trained political elite caught in scanda. The true victims in this very moment are all those Canadians seeking work, lining up at food banks, hoping for better Veteran's benefits, the hundreds of Aboriginal women gone missing and presumed deceased, those waiting for extensive times in emergency rooms, and those on the wrong side of the ever-widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country. They look in vain to both Houses of Parliament for a proper addressing of their circumstances.

Like it or Not, Justin Trudeau Has Staying Power

Keith Beardsley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

What do you do when your opponent has the potential to challenge you in some hard-won ridings, possibly putting your majority at risk? That's the question Prime Minister Harper and his advisers are grappling with. Like it or not, the emergence of Justin Trudeau and his staying power has changed the political dynamics in Ottawa.

The Castration of the Black Male Body in Toronto

Brandon Hay | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada
Brandon Hay

The summer is hot and it's not just the temperature. Each summer I dread the headline news of young black males heading to the mortuary, and this summ...

The Closed-Door Media Talks That Could End the Open Internet

David Christopher | Posted 09.19.2013 | Canada Business
David Christopher

Big Media lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats are holding closed-door meetings in Malaysia this week, as they continue secret talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- a highly secretive and extreme trade deal that includes extreme new copyright rules that could end the open Internet as we know it.

Canada Today: Not What the Founding Fathers Envisioned

Mark Milke | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Milke

Canada is a superb creation and initial credit for that must, obviously, go to Canada's founding fathers. How we came about is a fascinating tale of seemingly intractable regional disputes resolved, at least for a time, by new institutions and a new country. Thus, today, inter-provincial debates are similar to pre-1867 tussles where one province's citizens complain of how others are on the federal dole courtesy of tax dollars from the more prosperous regions. And all the provinces again regularly press the federal government for more money.

Internet Freedom: How Canadians Are Kept in the Dark

Steve E. Anderson | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve E. Anderson

Here at OpenMedia.ca, we've already been hearing from Canadians outraged that our own Members of Parliament are still being denied access to the TPP text -- access that has now been granted to their counterparts in Washington D.C. We know that Canadians will not accept their Members of Parliament being kept in the dark

Not Just Parliament with Ethics Issues, Watch Your Lawyer

Tim Paziuk | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Business
Tim Paziuk

Canadian news is mired in ethical debates these days, from questions over government officials' rising salaries, to charity speaking fees, travel expe...

No Party Leader Should Have All That Power

Duff Conacher | Posted 08.12.2013 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

The results of a national education survey show that a large majority of Canadians want legal restrictions on party leader powers to give more freedom and power to politicians in each party, while only 20 per cent do not want these legal restrictions. So how could these powers be restricted?

Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What is happening in both the House of Commons and the Senate at the moment represents a serious enough threat to our democracy that we require remedial efforts in real time, far in advance of whatever constitutional refinements to these institutions that might lie in the future. Our focus should be upon the selection process for Senators, at least in the interim.

How To Spend A Weekend In Ottawa

Posted 05.20.2013 | Canada Travel

A weekend in our Nation’s capital is a study in contrasts: There’s the grandeur and history of Parliament Hill, the bustling energy of the Byward ...

The Case for a Canadian Film Channel

Marcello Cabezas | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada
Marcello Cabezas

Let's start with an experiment. Take 10 seconds to write down as many Canadian films as you can. Ok, so how many did you come up with? "Not many" is the answer I received when asking the question to random folks.

Harper's Smoke and Mirror Government

Doug Thomas | Posted 06.11.2013 | Canada
Doug Thomas

The Harper government is a smoke and mirror government that confuses transparency with murkiness and should realize that such an approach usually resu...

Watching the Watchdog: An Ode to Kevin Page

Tim Knight | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Last week saw the end of the tenure of Canada's first and, so far, only Parliamentary Budget Officer. He is a genuine Canadian hero. While so many other Canadian civil servants (and politicians) went along with the Harperite parliamentary thuggery, Page simply did his job.

Why Rebel Tory MPs Might Regret Challenging Haprer

Keith Beardsley | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Politics
Keith Beardsley

This so called revolt is about the Prime Minister not allowing certain MPs to push their views on abortion. This will change the tone of the debate within caucus. It can be as divisive an issue internally as it is publicly. How well have the rebellious MPs thought this through?

Is the Air Passenger Bill of Rights Ready to Take Flight?

Vacay.ca | Posted 04.24.2013 | Canada
Vacay.ca

An increasing number of Canadians are supportive of NDP MP José Nunez-Melo's Air Passenger Bill of Rights, which has received plenty of attention this month following a deplorable flight delay aboard a Sunwing Airlines flight on February 8. But more public pressure is needed to sway the ruling Conservatives.

What I Would Do to Make Canada's Democracy Stronger

Ralph Goodale | Posted 04.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

To fix the malaise eroding our democracy, Canadians need a rich combination of party, electoral and Parliamentary reforms. Here are a few suggestions to contribute to a debate on this topic which I hope will become irresistible.

Motion For A Venezuela Crisis Emergency Debate In Parliament Gains Support

Daniel L. Rodriguez | Posted 03.26.2013 | Canada Alberta
Daniel L. Rodriguez

A petition organized by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis to gather support for his future motion calling for an emergency debate in the House of Commons about the situation in Venezuela is gaining strength with each passing day.

Venezuelan Crisis: Canada Has to Say 'We Aren't Going to Deal With This Anymore'

Daniel L. Rodriguez | Posted 03.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Daniel L. Rodriguez

Canada is one of the last countries in the Americas that haven't expressed its position with the crisis in Venezuela. Meanwhile, the Venezuelan community is looking to the Canadian government to see what position it will take.

Who Ever Said Canadian Politics Were Dull?

Mark Crowley | Posted 01.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Mark Crowley

What an exciting time to be a political addict in Canada. Who says Canadian politics is boring? People who aren't paying attention, that's who. First, the Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, was removed from office. Second, we find out that Mark Carney got headhunted to the U.K. And elections, you know, the best sport ever? There were three! And they weren't boring, at all.