Canada Politics

B.C. Bishop's HPV Vaccine Statements Twist Catholic Ethics

Reive Doig | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

The position of the bishop would be disturbing even if he were simply parroting the standard church line, but the fact is he isn't!

Canadian Students Call for a Response to the Refugee Crisis

Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers | Posted 10.02.2015 | Canada Impact
Claudel Petrin-Desrosiers

In response to the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis, our current Canadian government has reluctantly offered some support. We shall, according to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, accept 10,000 refugees over the next three years. As medical students committed to global health, we call into question this lukewarm commitment to such a pressing crisis and call for stronger commitments in line with Canada's values.

Bill 52 Won't Protect Past Whistleblowers Like Me

Philip Demers | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Politics
Philip Demers

Marineland has launched lawsuits targeting myself, former orca trainer Christine Santos and animal care supervisor Jim Hammond. My latest round of legal bills totaled more than I will earn in this year -- $100,000. Our lawsuits are shining examples of the urgent need for the anti-SLAPP legislation that is Bill 52: Protection of Public Participation Act. It is unbearable to think that this historic piece of legislation -- as it is currently written -- will not apply to the very people who have largely inspired it. Why is the province turning its back on us and leaving us behind? Where is the procedural fairness for those of us who are already proceeding with unfair cases before the courts in Ontario?

In a Stagnant Economy, Spending Is Key to Stimulating Small Businesses

David Gens | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Gens

With the confirmation of the Canadian recession by Stats Canada earlier this month and the government's subsequent announcement of a $1.9 billion surplus, spending has become a particular point of interest in our upcoming election. Small business owners, who make up 98 per cent of employer businesses in Canada, will be looking to see which party's proposed spend will have a tangible effect on their bottom lines.

The Copyright Issue of Using Music in Election Campaigns

J. Aidan O'Neill | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
J. Aidan O'Neill

There is a distinction between two kinds of rights held by copyright owners: economic rights and moral rights. Any Canadian politicians seeking to use a musical work at a public event should be aware of the legal issues that may arise when a work is directly linked with a political party or message.

Mulcair Needs to Halt the NDP's Rightward Drift

Michael Stewart | Posted 09.27.2015 | Canada Politics
Michael Stewart

The trend is clear: when voters are faced with a left-leaning party campaigning on centrist economic ideals, they will pick the real deal every time. Every. Single. Time. At its best, Mulcair's NDP can inspire. Bill C-51 is the best example, but its universal child-care policy and promise to abolish the senate also fall into this category. But there have been too many blunders. Mulcair's sudden love for balanced budgets not only affirms the faulty framework that inexplicably lauds Stephen Harper as a responsible steward of the economy, it cedes precious ground to Trudeau at the moment Canadians want an alternative to neoliberal pabulum.

The World Needs a Better Way to Measure the Well-Being of Nations

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.25.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

Simon Kuzents, the economist who developed the GDP measurement, warned it was not a good meter stick for national well-being. Still, that's exactly how the GDP has been used globally since the 1940s. GDP is the total value of all the goods and services a country produces in a year. So, creating jobs and producing equipment to clean up an oil spill, for example, adds to the GDP. As does producing guns and bombs for war. GDP is blind to factors like unemployment, living conditions and environmental degradation. Make sense? Not really. Whether it's genuine progress, national happiness, or a system that blends the best of both, the global community must agree on a more holistic way to measure our nations' progress that doesn't just count the money we make.

How Well Do You Know Canada's Election History?

The Huffington Post Canada | Ron Nurwisah | Posted 09.22.2015 | Canada Politics

Election season is in full swing and the outcome of this race is far from certain. But how well do you know Canada's election history? Take our quiz a...

Even Though Toronto Abandoned a 2024 Bid, There Are Still Questions to Be Answered

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.21.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

Toronto, beware. Tory's bid for the 2024 Games might be over, but what happened in that short span of time -- from July to September 2015 -- speaks to the larger problems inherent in mega-event hosting that you will have to address again, should another bid come your way.

What the World's Political Dynasties Can Tell Us About Justin Trudeau

Ranjani Iyer Mohanty | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Ranjani Iyer Mohanty

Not all political dynasties are created equal -- one key difference lies in the calibre of their descendants. Last year, the Liberal Party elected as its leader Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. Warren Bennis, a noted scholar on leadership, said, "The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. That's nonsense."

I Don't Appreciate the NDP's Fight for the Middle Class

Cian Horrobin | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Cian Horrobin

As a socialist, I was excited for this election as I hoped the NDP would stretch its wings and become a vocal proponent for the poor, the under-housed, the underemployed, etc.; that they would put front and centre the issues that carry the greatest ethical and moral weight for Canada's society. But no. The party of the little man -- Tommy Douglas's party of mice refusing to be led by cats -- is now courting middle-income Canadians. For me the crisis facing Canadians is not one of an attack on the middle class.

Syrians are One Wave in an Ocean of Refugees

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 09.18.2015 | Canada
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The heart-rending image of Alan Kurdi dead in the sand, as though sleeping peacefully, sparked a global mobilization to aid Syrian refugees. But while they number more than four million, Syrians still only represent one-fifth of the almost 20 million refugees in the world today -- the greatest global refugee population since World War II. While Canadians open their homes and wallets to Syrian refugees, here are some of the others we cannot allow to be forgotten.

My Elderly Mother Has a Few Words of Wisdom for Party Leaders

Oxfam Canada | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Oxfam Canada

Election season is heating up. The leaders debate on economic policy is almost upon us. And my mother wants me to say a few things to those who aspire to lead our country. She wants me to say that, as a strong woman who is the mother of a strong woman and grandmother of a strong granddaughter, we need to do better.

Why Wynne Weighing in on Election May Be a Win for Liberals After All

Peter Landry | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

There has been some controversy about Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne warring with Stephen Harper in the battle for federal votes in Ontario -- The other parties' partisans have argued that it is unseemly for a premier to partake this way in a federal election. They doth protest too much, methinks.

Tories Launch Attack On NDP Star Candidate

The Huffington Post Canada | Althia Raj | Posted 09.13.2015 | Canada Politics

Carol Baird Ellan was a chief judge for the B.C. provincial court from 2000-2005.

Space Is Part Of The Plan For Grits, NDP

CP | Peter Rakobowchuk | Posted 09.17.2015 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL — An organization that represents firms in the Canadian space sector says the industry has not been a priority for the current gover...

Stephen Harper's Islamophobia Is a Product of Canadian Muslim Apathy

Aurangzeb Qureshi | Posted 09.11.2015 | Canada Politics
Aurangzeb Qureshi

We have seen how "Islamicism" has become a convenient tool for the government to employ a more aggressive foreign policy. Although it's easy for Canadian Muslims to lay blame on the Conservatives and Stephen Harper for such discriminatory and exploitative tactics (and doing so would be justifiable), it would also be disingenuous. The current situation is simply a culmination of years of political apathy from the Muslim community whose voter turnout is consistently below the national average.

Stephen Harper Is Not an Economist

Frank Koller | Posted 09.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Frank Koller

The Prime Minister is many things, but one thing he certainly is not is "an economist" -- in the world of economics, there are three conditions commonly accepted as entry requirements before someone can wear the label. Harper fails completely.

Canada Needs a Government That Is Focused on Economic Growth

Bill Morneau | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Bill Morneau

One of the most important steps the Canadian government can take to kickstart the economy is a large-scale program directed at renewing our national infrastructure. It will help drive job creation while generating about $1.60 of GDP for every $1 spent. And it will transform the present value of low interest rates into long-term capital assets underpinning greater Canadian productivity.

2024 Olympic Bid Process Suffers From a Lack of Transparency

Janice Forsyth | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Living
Janice Forsyth

The September 15 deadline to bid for the 2024 Olympics is a big deal that boosters everywhere are downplaying. In Toronto, they are telling us not to worry, saying it's just a letter -- an "expression of interest" -- and that the letter doesn't mean anything. Elsewhere, no one is saying anything about that date at all. But September 15 is a big deal, and bid cities everywhere should be concerned.

Canada's First Digital Election Will Change How Campaigns Court Votes

Lindsay Finneran Gingras | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Lindsay Finneran Gingras

Has a hashtag ever influenced a vote? Probably not. Did a Twitter meme ever sway a key voting demographic? We will have to ask #bathrobeguy, but I'll wager no. But when we talk about digital, we're talking about strategy far beyond these primitive social tactics. We're talking about a suite of tools that reinforce, strengthen and improve traditional and key campaign functions.

Let's Use the Syrian Refugee Crisis to Reconnect Politics With Purpose

Reva Seth | Posted 09.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Reva Seth

It's something the majority of Canadians intuitively feel: politics and politicians no longer seem like a channel for change or action, and so we tune them out. People and even partisans are disconnected from purpose beyond the election cycle. But in an election framed on change, maybe there's an opportunity here to reconnect politics and purpose.

Taking Human Rights Seriously Can Help End Poverty in Canada

Michele Biss | Posted 09.03.2015 | Canada Impact
Michele Biss

It's nowhere to be seen: human rights being used to address poverty in Canada. Human rights are a key tool in poverty reduction work in Canada, placing the most marginalized at the centre of policy -- but in communities across the country, it seems as though governments are not connecting the dots.

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Native Vote Could Make The Difference In Canada's Elections | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada is facing a critical moment in its history.

Running Government Like a Business Means Looking Beyond Costs

Justin Beach | Posted 08.31.2015 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

If we were running things "like a business," we would be doing something like a cost-benefit analysis. Somehow, we became obsessed with cost and swept the other half of the equation under the rug. Everything that government does, or does not do, has consequences that go beyond the number of tax dollars spent.