Tea Party

Tea Partiers & the Occupy Movement: Two Different Sides Of The Same Coin

Eric Quon-Lee | Posted 03.18.2014 | Canada
Eric Quon-Lee

Much has been discussed concerning the increasing political polarization occurring globally. From the rise of the Occupy Movement on the left and the ...

Don't Call Me a 'Taxpayer' - I Am More Than Just My Wallet

Grant Gordon | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Grant Gordon

I don't like when tax dollars are wasted -- whether at the provincial level by relocating gas plants, or at City Hall by tearing up LRT contracts willy-nilly, or even by the federal government straight up losing $3.1 billion (whatever happened to that scandal, by the way?). And I get that times are tough. Saving pennies matters to a lot of people these days, and it should to our governments, too.

Moby: Tea Party Is 'Batsh*t Racist Crazy'

HuffPost Canada Music | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada Music

Moby may be best known as a musician -- his latest album 'Innocents' came out this week -- but he's nearly as famous (or infamous) for his left-wing p...

Right-Wing Congress Brings "Rae Days" to Washington

Mitch Wolfe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Mitch Wolfe

Who would have thought that the extreme right wing Tea Party-led US Congress would a pull a "Bob Rae", and in effect impose "Rae Days" on 800,00 federal employees in Washington? Washington, in 2013, is not much different than Ontario in the early 1990s.

Final Thoughts on Liberal Leadership Race & NDP

Jeff Paterson | Posted 04.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

There's always been a back-and-forth in Canadian politics. Every few terms, the public would tire of either the Conservative or Liberal party and vote...

The American Phenomenon We Should Stay Far Away From

Ike Awgu | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Ike Awgu

The "big three" as I call them (the intolerant, the anti-intellectual and the undesirable) began to migrate to the GOP in significant numbers in 2008. These folks have remained in the party ever since, pushing it closer to their political agenda and off a political cliff. This is one American phenomenon that there should be no interest in embracing.

New Academic Research Finds Koch Bros. Planning Tea Party Movement as Early as 2002

Kevin Grandia | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada
Kevin Grandia

The common public understanding is that the Tea Party movement started in 2009 as a spontaneous grassroots uprising in protest of government taxation....

Barack Obama Twins Drag Race Ahmadinejad, Putin In Crazy Musical Clamation Clip (VIDEO)

Huffington Post Music Canada | Jason MacNeil | Posted 01.18.2013 | Canada Music

President Barack Obama and his twin enjoy rock 'n' roll drag racing. At least they appear to in a new claymation video for singer Neil Nathan's ne...

The Sooner We Go Over the Fiscal Cliff, The Better

Diane Francis | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Business
Diane Francis

The Americans, bless them, never miss an opportunity to hype a product or an issue. And the so-called "fiscal cliff" is another example of the type of drama that characterizes its noisy policy scape. Frankly, the sooner the cliff is reached the better. And Canadians have much at stake too.

The Problem With Political Polarization

Ralph Goodale | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Ralph Goodale

MPs watched in disbelief last Wednesday as Conservative House Leader Peter Van Loan faced-off against his NDP counterpart, Nathan Cullen, and Party Leader Thomas Mulcair. The altercation followed a fairly minor procedural argument. But it reflects a deeper problem. Since the last election, both the Conservatives and the NDP have pursued a strategy of partisan polarization.

Can Republicans Hear American Cries?

Steve Lafleur | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Steve Lafleur

The American electorate has sent the Republican Party a message: the Republican Party has to be inclusive in order to remain a political force. The post-election reaction from Republican pundits suggests that they heard that message. What isn't clear is whether they understood that message, or heard what they wanted to hear.

Eight Insights from the 2012 U.S. Election, So Far

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg There are very few things in life that simultaneously fill you with both cynicism and exhilaration like the American presidential election. And 2012 is certainly no exception. As the election cycle draws to a close, here's a look back at some of the most valuable insights from the year.

To Win as a Party, Republicans Must Lose This Election

Ike Awgu | Posted 10.24.2012 | Canada Politics
Ike Awgu

If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan win in November the religious fringe of the Republican Party will solidify its place in Republican politics. The Party needs to lose, and loose badly, so it can remove from its tent the intolerant and credulous whose presence has begun to rot the bowels of a once great institution.

Why Obamacare Is a Win

Diane Francis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

The good news is that, win or lose, President Obama has succeeded after decades of attempts in providing the type of healthcare the rest of the developed world provides. America's private-sector health experiment has failed abysmally and is on its way out. Governments outside the U.S. deliver medical care better and cheaper. The proof exists all over the world, except in the minds of partisans who would defend the indefensible.

A Bridge Tea Partiers Should Throw Themselves Off

David Frum | Posted 08.16.2012 | Canada
David Frum

It's just a toll booth on a bridge -- but it symbolizes the challenges to Canadians of living next-door to an increasingly dysfunctional American political system: The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River is the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing, and shippers fear that the bridge's capacity will soon be overwhelmed. Unfortunately, The existing Ambassador bridge is privately owned, and the main owner -- Forbes 400 member Manuel Maroun -- does not welcome competition.

David Frum's "Patriots": Revenge Served Hot

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 08.06.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Nobody is in a position to review David Frum's new novel, Patriots. You're either going to hate it for all the wrong reasons, or love it for all the wrong reasons. Set in D.C., the novel centres around Walter Schotzke, a likably louche trustafarian who is about to be swallowed whole by the populist right. Sound familiar? If so, it's because it is: Schotzke is no Frum, but there are clearly some autobiographical elements in this novel, thinly-veiled, and ready to deliver carnage to everything the ultra-right holds dear.

Tim Thomas Makes the Puck Political

Michael Raine | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada
Michael Raine

Less than a year ago the thought of Tim Thomas donning a Leafs jersey would have implanted a CN Tower-sized grin across my face. But then he went from Tim Thomas, hockey god, to Tim Thomas, Tea Partier. This kicks down the mental door that separates two of my unwavering, and usually frustrating, passions; hockey and politics.

Occupy Conservatism

Douglas Anthony Cooper | Posted 01.09.2012 | Canada
Douglas Anthony Cooper

Occupy Wall Street is, like the Tea Party, a messy populist movement. The concern is real that it refuses to recognize an essential tragic component of human affairs: unfairness is the abiding fact of our condition

America's Indignados Should Occupy Wall Street

Diane Francis | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

"Indignados" (the indignants) occupy city squares in Spain on a permanent basis, and now the Wall Street protests have taken root and will only grow in size and intensity. These protests, while poorly organized and rag-tag, will become the migraine of politics, not fatal but nagging and potentially dangerous.

"Who Gassed You Today, Dad?" One Man's Memory of Street Protests

Raymond Heard | Posted 12.04.2011 | Canada
Raymond Heard

The essential difference between Occupy Wall Street and street protests a generation ago is that the latter were for human rights and peace, whereas the motive of the former is mainly economic. Given that history can repeat itself as farce and tragedy, here are some recollections of the high points of the American protests.

Canadian Band Could Make Millions Off Tea Party Domain Name

CP | Michael Oliveira, The Canadian Press | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada

TORONTO - The three members of the Canadian band Tea Party have been told they're sitting on a gold mine, and that a painless transaction could potent...

Tea Party Ideology Trumps Facts

Hassan Arif | Posted 11.22.2011 | Canada
Hassan Arif

One cannot help but feel a bit pessimistic about American politics these days -- a contrasting feeling to the heady days of Barack Obama's election, w...

Voting for Dummies: The Myth of the Regular Joe Politician

Ben Johnson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Canada
Ben Johnson

You can call it the plea for "small town values," or "getting in touch with the Regular Joe," but I'll continue to call it what it really is: Voting for Dummies. And the worst part is the notion that these politicians are working-class folks is, of course, entirely fiction.

Canadian Pro-Lifers Take a Page From Tea Party's Book

Jarrah Hodge | Posted 11.15.2011 | Canada
Jarrah Hodge

One of the most insulting aspects of this Campaign Life push to defund abortion is the idea that Canadians are too stupid to figure out that abortion is far cheaper for our health care system than forcing women to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

Mark Steyn's Wishful Thinking About a Doomed U.S.

Peter Worthington | Posted 11.01.2011 | Canada
Peter Worthington

Despite what Mark Steyn says about the U.S. as a nation of debt carriers, it still has more aircraft carriers than any country and can protect itself. The essential strength of America is that it's a free country with free speech and economic opportunity. And it's filled with Americans.