US Politics

Canadian Start Up Takes Aim At Medical Debt

John F. Gray | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia
John F. Gray

If being sick doesn't kill you, the medical bills might. Imagine getting better and being bankrupted for it. Facing the prospect of financially devastating medical bills is a reality many Americans know isn't going away. But a newly announced partnership between B.C. startup FundRazr and leading US provider of healthcare information Healthline.com may just save them from financial ruin.

Six Outrageous Things About Texas That Have Nothing to Do with Women's Rights

Darlena Cunha | Posted 09.25.2013 | Canada Living
Darlena Cunha

Recently, Texas has done some unbelievable things--changed the space-time continuum, made rape kits into abortions, got out of voting fraud (but wasn'...

Listen Up Canada, U.S. Gun Laws Affect You Too

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 03.19.2013 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

Canadians have a vested interest in following the U.S. gun debate, both to understand how laws passed there laws can affect us practically and to learn lessons from the mistakes that can be made by painting intricate issues with broad stokes.

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.

Canadian, U.S. Cities Sound Similar Notes On Infrastructure Funding

Shachi Kurl | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Shachi Kurl

The New American City being held this week in Kansas City, Mo. will draw business and local government leaders from more than 50 U.S. and Canadian cities. They'll be arguing the crumbling infrastructures whose refurbishment we may view at net drains on our wallets in fact hold value and the potential for economic boom if they are properly rebuilt and maintained.

An Open Letter to Uncle Sam, From Your Northern Neighbour

Preston Manning | Posted 01.19.2013 | Canada Politics
Preston Manning

As an old friend who wishes nothing but the best for your country, I am worried about what one election night commentator described as the ongoing "ideological civil war" in America. In the past, after this initial polarization, there is a seeking for common ground and a coming together in order to "get things done." In recent years, however, this has not occurred. Continued polarization and conflict over the economic crisis is also of great concern to us in Canada, since our economic prosperity is very much tied to that of our largest trading partner.

Watching the Watchdog: An Election Day Fable

Tim Knight | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During those four years there had been much sadness, wailing and gnashing of teeth and beating of breasts in the land as the tribe's riches and power ebbed, and the people lost faith in their tribe. So therefore, many leaders did arise who did each say unto the people that he alone was strong and of good courage and should be their leader to lead them out of the slough of despond and into the land of milk and honey...

The Branding Lessons You Can Learn From the U.S. Election

Karen Wensley | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Business
Karen Wensley

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png Most of us are relieved the U.S. election is over -- listening to the hyperbole of the campaign for so many months has been difficult even for Canadians who don't hear the ads and don't have the same emotional reaction to the candidates. But there are some lessons to be learned for non-politicians working on their personal brands.

This Election Was No Tea Party for Mitt Romney

Hassan Arif | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png At the end of the day, this "close" election was not really that close. While the race was closer than 2008, Romney's routes to victory proved limited and, ultimately, impossible. The outcome of this election will likely raise serious questions about the influence of the right wing Tea Party in the Republican Party.

The Victory Speech I Wish I Heard Last Night

Aaron H. Emery | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Aaron H. Emery

2012-11-05-HP_World_Graphic_300x70.png Imagine the following scene with me, if you will: Marine One lands amid a fury of fireworks in the middle of Grant Park in Chicago. President Obama is wearing a full flight-suit as he struts from the LZ up onto a stage already occupied by Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z. As he makes his way behind the podium, George Clooney unveils a giant "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" banner.

Media Bites: An Obama Win Makes Canada the Loser

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.07.2013 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg A successful Obama presidency -- one that trims the debt, shrinks the deficit, reforms entitlements, and spurs GDP growth is one dangerously likely to revive the old Canadian demons of insecurity and inferiority. Regardless of how much it may satiate our fiscal interests, an economically resurgent America almost certainly means a return to second-place status for this country.

So What if Obama Were a Muslim?

Abubakar Kasim | Posted 01.06.2013 | Canada Politics
Abubakar Kasim

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg It is deeply worrisome and disturbing to see the amount of hate that is out there against Muslims. Obama failed to stand up against the bigots who started spreading misinformation about his religious beliefs. He should have silenced them by asking them, "so what if I were a Muslim?"

Welcome to the Age of Meta-Politics

Doug Mann | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Doug Mann

2012-11-05-electionbannerreal.jpg Though image politics is still very much with us, we are entering a third age of democratic politics as a result of the 24-hour cable news cycle, social networking, YouTube, Twitter, mass apathy and at least in the American case, the archaic electoral college system. As a result of all this we get meta-politics, image politics taken to its absolute degree.

The U.S. Has Glitz and Glamour...We Have Tainted Meat

J.J. McCullough | Posted 12.11.2012 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Long story short, Canadian editorial pages have devoted a lot more column space to American affairs than our own as of late. But I mean, given the choice between covering a ferocious battle between two men vying for leadership of the free world and a vague conspiracy theory that some guy named Gary Ritz may have not done enough to monitor Albertan beef processing -- well, what would you choose?

Not Quebecois or American? The Elections Still Matter

Gavin Charles | Posted 10.29.2012 | Canada Politics
Gavin Charles

There are two elections this autumn that will have repercussions throughout Canada. The first happens in Quebec next week, the second in the United States in November. What makes these so important? What happens in Quebec next week and in the United States in two months' time will help shape the future, not only in that province and country, but for all of Canada as well.

Obama Just Played the Gay Marriage Wild Card

Alex Callahan | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Alex Callahan

Until midday yesterday, the economy was the topic of discussion vis-a-vis the U.S. election. But as we all now know, the conversation has shifted over to an issue far more volatile and incendiary -- that of gay marriage. Think the outcome of the election was a sure thing? You're dead wrong.

What the U.S. Farm Bill Says About American Politics

Al Mussell, PhD | Posted 03.01.2012 | Canada Politics
Al Mussell, PhD

I find the partisan and visceral nature of U.S. politics somewhat uncomfortable, just because of its personal nature and the way in which it limits dialogue into such dichotomous blocs. But it's hard to escape the observation that in so-doing, politics in the U.S. has a transparent character to it.

Dick Cheney Could Be My New BFF

Shannon M. Nelson | Posted 12.29.2011 | Canada
Shannon M. Nelson

Okay, I know I'm a little late out of the gate for this revelation about the 46th vice president of the United States of America, but Dick Cheney's ne...

Why I Am Still a Republican

David Frum | Posted 12.25.2011 | Canada Politics
David Frum

For three years, my political party has veered in a direction I cannot follow. And if the GOP insists on framing the 2012 election as a ballot question on fiscal and monetary austerity, or if they nominate somebody manifestly incompetent to do the job of president, they're going to lose me -- and a lot more people.

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...

Where Have the Leaders Gone?

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 08.05.2011 | Canada
Daniel D. Veniez

The techniques that Stephen Harper has used to obliterate his opponents resemble the dumbing down, divisive and winner-take-all gladiator political culture of the U.S. That is largely our own fault. We have short attention spans and want quick fixes.