Stephane Dion

Why Maxime Bernier is Consistently Wrong

Stéphane Dion | Posted 07.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Stéphane Dion

One could wonder how the 1980 and 1995 referendums would have turned out with a Joe Clark or a Preston Manning as Prime Minister rather than Pierre Trudeau or Jean Chrétien. One could point out that Madame Marois was elected in 2012 through denouncing the Harper government's ultraconservative policies. One could well denounce the unilateralism, lack of dialogue and boondoggles that marked federal-provincial relations under Harper, as well as the Conservative government's hodge-podge of ill-advised political decisions with respect to health, justice, training, old age security, immigration... decisions which are proving costly to the provinces.

Can He Succeed Where Dion, Ignatieff Failed?

Huffington Post Canada | Posted 04.15.2014 | Canada Politics

A year ago Monday, Justin Trudeau became the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Slightly more than 80 per cent of the 30,000 Liberals who cast a b...

The NDP Dodged a Separatist Bullet

Grant Gordon | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

As a proud Canadian, it bothers me that NDP leader Tom Mulcair -- who had no qualms about interfering in previous Ontario by-elections on the side of NDP candidates -- refused to take a side in the Québec election. The NDP dodged a bullet this time -- fortunately! -- but such an irresponsible position should not be rewarded in 2015.

The Fair Elections Act Won't Let Elections Canada Do Its Job

Stephane Dion | Posted 06.01.2014 | Canada Politics
Stephane Dion

Elections Canada is tasked with ensuring that Canada has free and fair elections. Part of this responsibility includes communicating with Canadians, encouraging voter turnout, and ensuring voters can exercise their democratic rights. The Fair Elections Act, however, is an attempt to muzzle Elections Canada's ability to promote voting among our youth and other marginalized groups in society.

How Murray Is Like Stéphane Dion

CBC | Posted 05.18.2013 | Canada Politics

In many ways, Joyce Murray resembles a former Liberal leadership aspirant, Stéphane Dion, with her sustainable society policy reminiscent of Dion's "...

What Trudeau Lacks in Years, He Makes Up in Spirit

Graham Milne | Posted 08.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Graham Milne

The talk about Justin Trudeau taking the Liberal leadership always comes down to the same points: It's not his time, he's too young, his last name is poison in parts of the country, he hasn't run a successful business, he hasn't accomplished anything noteworthy. If any of these arguments sound familiar, it's because they were the same things said about senator Obama back in 2008. Can Trudeau, like Obama, incite some excitement into Canadian politics?

Hey Parliament, Keep Your Laws Off my Body

Joyce Arthur | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics
Joyce Arthur

Canadian women won equality rights 27 years ago when the gender equality clause in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms took effect. Yet, several times since the turn of the 21st century, parliament has seen fit to debate whether women's rights should be restricted. How can this happen?

Diary From the Liberal Convention -- What an Atmosphere!

Martha Hall Findlay | Posted 03.15.2012 | Canada Politics
Martha Hall Findlay

It may still be true that changes to voting structures and constitutional changes may not cause millions of Canadians to beat a path to our door -- but for the people here, the enthusiasm is palpable. And it is the enthusiasm of Liberal activists which will garner the enthusiasm and support for liberalism in Canada.

Time For Liberals to Take Long, Hard Look in the Mirror

Jesse Helmer | Posted 03.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Jesse Helmer

At this week's Liberal Party convention, my fellow delegates need to confront the uncomfortable causes of our party's steady decline over the past decade. We must acknowledge that we have a serious, self-inflicted credibility problem.

The Biggest Story of 2011 for Me? The Historic Federal Election

John Laforet | Posted 02.25.2012 | Canada
John Laforet

For the first time since Confederation, the once mighty Liberal Party of Canada was neither the government or official opposition. Layton became the first New Democrat to be sworn in as Her Majesty's Official Leader of the Opposition, another historic moment brought to us by May 2nd's election.

Coming Out of the Closet as a Liberal

Supriya Dwivedi | Posted 01.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Supriya Dwivedi

There are obvious potential caveats to the open primary system, but right now, with a party backed up against a wall with no place else to go, there aren't really a multitude of options. I applaud Mr. Rae for having the bold initiative to think outside the proverbial box.

7 Reasons Why the Liberal Party Is Doomed

Gerry Nicholls | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada Politics
Gerry Nicholls

I can safely assert that the Liberal Party is as good as dead. In all their history, the Liberals have never had to face an opponent like Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He is intelligent, ruthless and calculating. And right now Harper is using all his power and all his skills to exploit to the fullest every Liberal weakness.

Stephen Harper and the Perils of Senate Reform

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.19.2011 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

There is good reason why most prime ministers avoid Senate reform: it is contentious and divisive. A reformed Senate could provide a check on the Prime Minister's Office, though there is also the potential for gridlock with feuding houses, something seen in the United States system of divided government.

The Resurrection of Stephane Dion

Hassan Arif | Posted 09.02.2011 | Canada
Hassan Arif

The Liberal loss in seats in 2008 was widely blamed on Mr. Dion

Should Canada's Break-Up Be Under Discussion?

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 07.31.2011 | Canada
Daniel D. Veniez

Canada's integrity should never be up for negotiation. Any national leader that suggests that there is an acceptable formula for the dismemberment of the country is unfit to occupy national office.