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NDP Missteps Have Distracted Us From Trudeau's Shortcomings

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau's political slogan has been "building the team and the plan." So far, his "team" will be forced to be pro-choice and pro-marijuana, and his "plan" is legalizing marijuana, being against fighting terrorism, and placing a price on carbon. The Liberals' position of vacuous nothingness should be garnering far more attention than it has been -- the Press Gallery has only started to actually seriously question Trudeau -- but Trudeau has been ably abetted by a series of New Democrats' missteps.

Why the NDP Won't Save Quebec

The only scenario in which the NDP may be organised and stable enough to enter the Québec fray would be if it were to win consecutive mega majorities federally. That would bring us to 2023. This is neither a sustainable nor a realistic political alternative.

For all Women, We Call for Action

Today is day 11 of the 16 days of action to address gender-based violence. Every year we call for action, because explicit misogyny, insidious discrimination and gender-based violence continue to provoke fear in the lives of women in Canada and in the lives of our sisters across the globe.
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Trudeau May Not Be Alone in Admiring Dictatorships

When Justin Trudeau said last week that he had a "level of admiration" for China's "basic dictatorship," the understandable knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and pundits was to kick the federal Liberal leader. But while that gaffe was reprehensible, it was hardly incomprehensible and perhaps entirely understandable given the structure of our own political system, the parties within it and how some Canadians feel about dictatorships.
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Mulcair: Tories, Liberals 'Corrupted'

OTTAWA - As the clock ticks down on a scandal-saturated parliamentary sitting, the three main parties are jockeying to claim the ethical high ground.NDP Leader Tom Mulcair used a speech Tuesday to cas...
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Embracing Nexen Deal? Trudeau Prefers Shock Factor to Leadership

Why do political handlers confuse contrarianism with "substance"? The Justin Trudeau campaign, keen to put to bed allegations of its candidate being a lightweight, just put out an opinion piece embracing the takeover of Nexen by China's state owned CNOOC. Unexpected, eh? It must therefore be substantive. Who knows, a real debate about Canada with real options beyond the current narrow bandwidth may open up and engage Canadians in politics again. Goodness knows that what's currently on offer isn't exactly inspiring.
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Some Lessons MPs Could Learn From Kindergarten

We, as the electorate, have a certain level of expectations for children at school: don't be rude, respect each other and your teachers and complete your work to the best of your ability. I certainly don't think that it's too much then to ask the same of our MPs and our government. We cannot continue to remain silent as our elected "adults" act like children while they represent us, as Elizabeth May did recently.

Liberals Experience the Soft Tyranny of High Expectations

People who live 4,500k from the Toronto-Danforth riding read in the Vancouver Sun just last month that the Liberals were in a position to win; they'll now be reading about a "lacklustre, no name, uninspiring dud" candidate who blew the Liberals right out of the water. Imagine what that does for confidence in the Liberal brand.
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Topp Won't Run For Layton's Old Seat

OTTAWA - NDP leadership hopeful Brian Topp has ruled out running in a byelection to fill the Toronto seat left vacant by Jack Layton's death.Instead, Topp says he wants to run in Quebec, the province...
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NDP Looks Westward For Growth

New Democrat MP and leadership contender Paul Dewar says a "Western agenda" would be a key ingredient in growing his party so it appeals to more Canadians and can win the next election. Dewar, the MP...
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Olivia Chow Rules Out NDP Leadership Bid

TORONTO — New Democrat MP Olivia Chow says she won't be a candidate to succeed her late husband Jack Layton. In an interview with the CBC Sunday night, Chow says she'll continue her duties in the Hous...