Canada Voting

Monsef Just Insulted The People Helping Liberals Keep Their Word

Althia Raj | Posted 12.02.2016 | Canada Politics
Althia Raj

Maryam Monsef showed no desire to hold a referendum, blaming the committee for not achieving consensus on the issue. She is moving ahead with the next phase of her outreach, she said, announcing the launch of a new consultation process -- in the middle of the holiday season.

Unhappy Trump Won? Try Voting Next Time

Fransi Weinstein | Posted 11.15.2016 | Canada Politics
Fransi Weinstein

This is what happens when you stubbornly vote for a third party candidate -- but your country has a two-party system. This is what happens when you spitefully write in your preferred candidate's name on the ballot (even though he lost the primary). This is what happens. You don't win. You lose. And you lose big.

The 'Great Unwashed' Will Have Their Revolution

Serge Buy | Posted 11.10.2016 | Canada Politics
Serge Buy

To all those that derided the supporters of Trump and even Sanders, who called them despicable (Trump) or idealistic (Sanders), who dismissed them as impractical or racist -- change your ways, or at least your thinking. The "great unwashed" are marching. And they're angry.

Looking For The Next One Of These

Ken Whyte | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Ken Whyte

I had the pleasure of moderating a debate - actually, more of a discussion - among six candidates for the Conservative Party leadership. Present were Kellie Leitch, Brad Trost, Erin O'Toole, Andrew Scheer, Michael Chong and Maxime Bernier. There is serious talent in the field.

Proportional Representation Will Ensure Indigenous Votes Count

Dennis Pilon | Posted 10.14.2016 | Canada Politics
Dennis Pilon

Canadians agree that the conditions Indigenous people face economically and socially are unacceptable and long overdue for change. But to start that process would require Indigenous people to be at the table to represent their concerns themselves. Here, Canada's current voting system is a key barrier.

Electoral Reform Is An Important Debate For This Country

Jerry Dias | Posted 06.29.2016 | Canada
Jerry Dias

Vote with your heart. Vote for the person in your area and the national party you believe will best address your biggest concerns. That is the ide...

Put Into Place An Assisted Dying Act That Lives Forever

Amanda Blitz | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Amanda Blitz

Our elected leaders are hopefully digging deep and trying to figure out what the right path is for Canada on Bill C-14: the Liberal's legislation on medically assisted dying. It's not an easy task. It may be the most important piece of legislation some of these MPs ever vote on. It's remarkable that our country has even gotten to this point in the first place, but we need to take it slow.

B.C. Byelection Rules Restrict Freedom Of Expression

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 01.08.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

Unbeknownst to many, a gag was put on free expression across British Columbia. When the B.C. government called the byelections in the districts of Vancouver-Mount Pleasant and Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, public communication about many important issues suddenly became "election advertising."

A Referendum Rarely Leads To Electoral Reform

Jean-François Daoust | Posted 01.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Jean-François Daoust

Justin Trudeau said he was favourable to changing the electoral system and that he would prefer alternative voting to our actual majoritarian system. What would be the alternative? And what considerations should we have in mind when discussing whether to implement it by referendum or not?

Grassroots Strategy Isn't Just Feel-Good Politics, It Wins Elections

Jordan Ray | Posted 11.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Jordan Ray

The Liberal Party of Canada changed the way that it chose its leader by introducing the free, "supporter" category for new members. The move was viewed by some as dangerous. What the party faithful may not have realized was that the Liberals were kicking off a grassroots strategy that would strengthen the party.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2016 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

Authenticity Determined This Election's Winners And Losers

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 10.29.2016 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Todd Rundgren's song, "The Verb, To Love," speaks to authenticity -- the antithesis of the packaging of a candidate for public consumption during an election. Both Trudeau and Harper were authentic to who they are in the campaign, while Mulcair showed up as a packaged pretense of what he wanted people to think of him, not who he truly is.

When a Better Canada Comes Before Politics

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

During the past nine years, reputations have been shattered, national institutions have been destroyed, the rules of parliament abused, the federation itself weakened, and the trust in the institutions of democracy profoundly undermined. Justin Trudeau will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to repair the damage.

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2016 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

When a Majority Is Not a Majority

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

only 39 per cent of those who voted chose Liberal candidates. Four years ago the Conservatives took 39 per cent of the popular vote and were also a "majority." The "majority" before that was another Liberal one. The last time we had a real majority government in Canada was back in 1984 when the Mulroney Conservatives got 50.03 per cent of the popular vote.

Democracy Isn't Just About Politics; It's About All of Us

David Suzuki | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada
David Suzuki

During the lengthy campaign I had a disagreement with Trudeau over his party's climate policy. I still think his climate plans need to be strengthened, especially with clear and ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But I'm confident the new government will take this issue seriously,

Proof That Trudeau Won Because Strategic Voting Works

Ali Kashani | Posted 10.22.2016 | Canada Politics
Ali Kashani

Thirty per cent of Canadian voters (over 5 million) have little to no partisan attachment. By comparison, only eight per cent of U.S. voters swing their party support, and thus the elections. A large non-partisan voting bloc explains the 2015 shift from orange to red, where in a span of three weeks, 1.4 million voters changed their mind from NDP to Liberal. This provides the perfect environment for strategic voting to swing elections. After four years of a majority Conservative government elected against the will of 61 per cent of Canadians, strategic voters became a major voice in this election.

The Left Always Loses by Running Right

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

With a lead in the polls, Thomas Mulcair fell victim to the Conservative definition of the NDP as fiscally irresponsible and led with a promise to balance the budget. After years of austerity measures, that rightward fiscal turn felt to many like a betrayal of NDP values in search of a few votes. And by the time the NDP started plummeting in the polls and Mulcair reasserted their progressive position, it was too little, too late.

This Election Shows Us Canadian Progressives Are Unpredictable

Hassan Arif | Posted 10.20.2016 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Hopefully the Liberals' majority mandate will not mean that electoral reform falls by the wayside. It is absurd that Canada has an electoral system where less than 40 per cent of the popular vote can mean a majority government and absolute control in Parliament.

Reports Of Pre-Marked Ballots Raise Concerns

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

A Vancouver teacher's Facebook post on the matter has been shared more than 21,000 times.

My First Federal Election as a Taxpayer

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.19.2016 | Canada Politics
Caitlin McKay

When I was in university my political views were pretty straight forward. The school bubble made it easy to be passionate and lean one way on the political scale. Then I started paying taxes. Now I face my first federal election as a taxpayer and my views have shifted since the bubble burst.

Lawyer Offers Free Help To Those Turned Away From Polls

CBC - Canada | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics

Burley says he plans to be a "resource for anyone who runs into difficulties."

Young Women Must Vote for Equality, not for Harper

Lara Koerner Yeo | Posted 10.17.2016 | Canada Politics
Lara Koerner Yeo

For those women who care about advancing women's equality, the answer is simple: the women's equality vote is the non-Conservative, anti-Harper vote. We need a government that will champion women's equality by recognizing it as something that needs championing, not as something that already exists. There are young women who refuse to buy the "women are equal" Conservative tag line. We know what our foremothers fought for, we know what we've lost in our lifetime under Harper's leadership, and it's time to reclaim the losses.

With All Their Tricks and Treats, How on Earth Do I Vote?

Robb Lucy | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Politics
Robb Lucy

I want the party and Prime Minister I vote for to show responsibility with how they spend our money; how they treat all classes of citizens and our environment; with how they paint a picture of the future they want to get to, and how I'm part of it.

How to Be on Your Best Ballot Box Behaviour

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.16.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

On October 19 Canadians will head to the polls again to exercise their right to vote for our next prime minister. Many Canadians have already started to cast their ballots, but election day typically sees the biggest turnout. On this very busy day, here are my tips for how to be on your best ballot box behaviour.