Progressives

Andrew Scheer's Surprise Win Was All About Balance

Garnett Genuis | Posted 05.29.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Scheer's win and the way he won show that all different kinds of Conservatives can and do have a place in our party under his leadership. The balance Scheer has struck on these issues - emphasizing individual freedom, freedom of speech and free votes for members of Parliament - is the right thing for our party and for our country.

Supporting Free Trade Deals Isn't Progressive

Maude Barlow | Posted 04.04.2017 | Canada Business
Maude Barlow

For as much as a government wishes to enact progressive policies, trade agreements -- such as the Canada-EU Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) -- curtail their abilities to redistribute income and legislate for the common interest. These deals are vectors of inequality.

I See A Chance To Fight Bigotry. Liberals See A Political Play

Garnett Genuis | Posted 03.21.2017 | Canada Politics
Garnett Genuis

Progressives need to demand that Liberals work with Conservatives to address bigotry, by condemning it in clear and unambiguous terms while also addressing the anxieties that can give rise to it. If Liberals do not stop playing their dangerous game, there is real danger.

10 Ways To Oppose Trump's Agenda As A Canadian

Warren Kinsella | Posted 03.14.2017 | Canada Politics
Warren Kinsella

How can you -- a regular person who isn't all that involved in politics, and who lives in another country, no less -- oppose the unethical, immoral, hateful policies of the Trump regime?

Sorry Pope Francis, 'Progressive' Pontiffs Don't Put Down Atheists

James Di Fiore | Posted 02.24.2017 | Canada Living
James Di Fiore

When Pope Francis tells the world that it is better to be an atheist than a hypocritical Catholic, he is using the incredulous folks as the bar for what is usually seen as immoral or sinful. But here we are, post-backhanded compliment, and the world seems to be rushing to give him more progressive legitimacy.

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada
Kokulan Mahendiran

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced.

North America And The Decline Of Rational Progressives

James Di Fiore | Posted 02.03.2017 | Canada Politics
James Di Fiore

A strange phenomenon has been happening over the past decade or so that has stifled great debates, great conversation. I did not truly understand the magnitude of the problem until I began receiving messages from people on Facebook after getting into debates with strangers about one of those hot-button topics. The messages are almost always identical; 'Hey James, just wanted to let you know that I agree with a lot of the points you made today. But I can't jump in because I don't want to get fired from my job.'

Progressives Need Their Own Tea Party

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 01.20.2017 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

All told, it's been a bleak day. But don't give up. Resistance isn't futile. If there's one thing that progressives should learn from Trump's election, it is that protest works.

Trump's Election Must Serve As A Wake-Up Call For Progressives

Jerry Dias | Posted 11.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Jerry Dias

It is unbelievable to me that such a man can be elected president, but it serves as a warning that the politics of sexism, racism and fear still have great currency. It shows that the progress we thought we had made on the equality of women was as fragile as many in the women's movement had been warning all along. We still have a very long way to go.

Welcome Back To A (Much) More Progressive Alberta, Jason Kenney

Duncan Kinney | Posted 07.11.2016 | Canada Alberta
Duncan Kinney

A lot has changed here since you left for Ottawa in 1997. Here are the Coles Notes. Almost 980,000 people have moved here since you were first elected as a 29-year old Reform Party MP. And this new mass of Albertans does not have a deep connection to traditional conservative Alberta politics.

I Am Seeking Liberal Nomination Because I Believe In Progress

Rathika Sitsabaiesan | Posted 05.04.2017 | Canada Politics
Rathika Sitsabaiesan

My life's story has always been about working with people, finding common ground, and delivering real results. I have the political experience we need to proudly bring our Scarborough-Rouge River voice to Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government and deliver on the transit, health care, education and opportunities that will make us stronger. I'm standing up for the progress we've made in Ontario, and the progress we need to make for a brighter future. I look forward to the opportunity to fight with, not against, Kathleen Wynne on her progressive agenda as part of her activist government. Together, we will continue to make progress.

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

David Martin | Posted 03.12.2017 | 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:

Some Friendly And Free Advice For The NDP

Jonathan Scott | Posted 10.27.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The NDP has consistently found itself burnt by attempts to move the Party's policy to the centre. The overall impression is one of placing political calculus ahead of principled policy, and for a Party once known as the "conscience of Parliament," that appearance must be very troubling.

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

Jonathan Scott | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Politics
Jonathan Scott

The Liberal platform is a grab bag of fine, progressive ideas. I like it. The deficit financing pledge, designed to stimulate a sluggish (if not recessionary) economy, is smart fiscal policy. But Justin Trudeau's attempts to make income inequality the cause célèbre have seemingly fallen flat, perhaps for the simple reason that Canada isn't the United States: we don't have what Bernie Sanders calls "the billionaire class," or at least we don't have as obvious and obnoxious a class. And, to put it mildly, Chyrstia Freeland is no Elizabeth Warren. But it's the lack of any clear policy from any party on healthcare that truly perplexes me. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?

Progressive Parties Can Win Elections When They Stay True to Their Values

Hassan Arif | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Progressives, in Western Europe and North America, need to build a winning 21st century coalition. Ed Miliband and the British Labour platform seemed to strike the right tones in this regard, a platform that was true to the progressive base while expanding the tent and recognizing the economic and social changes of the 21st century.

We Must Stop the Epidemic of Conservatism in Canada

Josh Bowman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Canada Politics
Josh Bowman

The values we used to be most proud of as Canadians are slipping away. We used to differentiate ourselves from the States because of our kindness. Our compassion. Our politeness. Our open-mindedness. Socialized medicine. These are progressive values. These are Canadian values. Or so I thought. Our heros have been fighters for the underdog. Tommy Douglas. David Suzuki. Jack Layton. Nellie McClung. Terry Fox. Yet somehow, most Canadians seem to be saying that progressive values don't speak to them anymore.

How Canadian Progressives Can Win

Matt Price | Posted 02.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Matt Price

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren opened Rootscamp in Washington, D.C., last week by saying she likes to hang out with people "who get things done." It w...

Zombies Aren't the Scariest Part of "The Walking Dead"

Sheetal Lodhia | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada TV
Sheetal Lodhia

If the world was like The Walking Dead then it would be a world where nearly everyone alive speaks English, nearly everyone is white, and male. The biggest failure of the show is to have the audience rooting for a society that preaches tired principles of violence, lack of community, selfishness, capitalism, patriarchy, and shoot-first mentality.

Progressive Jews Can Love Israel; Religious Jews Can Love Peace

Mira Sucharov | Posted 01.22.2012 | Canada
Mira Sucharov

Instead of a person's values coming to carefully inform one's opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, what I'm seeing is the reflexive taking of sides. What could be a very fruitful discussion about values, ethics and policy instead comes to resemble a boxing ring, with everyone in their corners primed to fight.