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Daniel Dickin

Community activist, author, conservative

<strong>Daniel Dickin</strong> is a columnist for <em>The Prince Arthur Herald</em>. He obtained his B.A. in law and political science from Carleton University in 2011 and his M.A. in public administration from Athabasca University in 2014. He is the author of <em>Liars: The McGuinty-Wynne Record</em> and resides in Ottawa, Ontario. www.danieldickin.ca
House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season

House of Cards: 11 Questions to be Answered in Season 2

Netflix's <em>House of Cards</em> was nominated for four Golden Globes just hours before they launched their Season 2 trailer. Unfortunately, Season 2 will be the final season for <em>House of Cards</em>, citing the actors' and producers' preferences to do movies over a television series. Here are 11 questions to be answered in <em>House of Cards</em> Season two.
12/19/2013 07:44 EST
It's Time for Canada Post to Become a Private

It's Time for Canada Post to Become a Private Business

On Wednesday, Canada Post confirmed what most of us already know: that door-to-door mail delivery is outdated, expensive, and unsustainable. In fact, I believe the federal government should have used the June 2011 strike to privatize the Crown Corporation, completely severing it from the federal government's books.
12/17/2013 12:21 EST
A First Look at the Reform

A First Look at the Reform Act

The Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (Reforms), already dubbed "The Reform Act," was
12/09/2013 11:23 EST
A Quick Reference Guide to the Conservatives' 2013 Biennial

A Quick Reference Guide to the Conservatives' 2013 Biennial Convention

The three-day convention is broken down into a mixture of information sessions, speeches and debates on policy and constitution resolutions, concluding in votes on these debates. The policy declaration serves as the Conservative government's mandate to implement the policies desired by the Conservative grassroots, while the national constitution governs the operations of the party.
10/29/2013 05:08 EDT
Access to Information Process Needs

Access to Information Process Needs Reforms

In early 2013 I submitted several ATI requests to Elections Canada regarding their handling of the "robocalls" investigation. The questions were simple enough: who's doing this investigation? How much will it cost? When will it be done? The information they did reveal was shocking.
10/21/2013 05:19 EDT
10 Policies That Need to Be Addressed in the Throne

10 Policies That Need to Be Addressed in the Throne Speech

On Wednesday at 4:30pm EST, Governor General David Johnston will take a seat in the Senate and begin reading the Speech from the Throne to officially open the second session of Canada's 41st Parliament. These are the top 10 policies that need to be addressed.
10/15/2013 12:14 EDT
Ontario's Universities and Student Unions Flunk Freedom of Speech

Ontario's Universities and Student Unions Flunk Freedom of Speech Test

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedom's 2013 Campus Freedom Index highlights a disturbing trend that has been observed for many years: Canada's universities and student unions are abysmally poor at promoting free speech and expression on campus. Carleton University earned an 'F' for denying equal access to resources and facilities to campus clubs that have a controversial political philosophy: In 2010 they had four students from the pro-life campus club Carleton Lifeline arrested for trespassing when they set up a graphic display in a public place.
09/30/2013 07:16 EDT
Justin Trudeau's Liberal Brand

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Brand Problems

One of the first orders of business for new political party leaders is the branding of their party. What will their party stand for? What will they do if elected? How will their policies help Canadian families? The Liberals and the media together have been closely watching Justin Trudeau since he became leader. They want to see what Trudeau's brand will be. So far, his biggest alignment has been with illegal activity. Not a great start.
09/10/2013 06:03 EDT
Trudeau Needs To Do Better Than

Trudeau Needs To Do Better Than This

Justin Trudeau needs to fire his public relations team. Either that, or perhaps the Conservative Party truth ads were entirely correct in depicting Trudeau as being completely devoid of the experience."Doesn't have the judgment or experience to be Prime Minister" could not have rung clearer in Trudeau's first week as Liberal leader.
04/23/2013 12:11 EDT
Mulcair's NDP: Radical, Socialist and Disorganized as

Mulcair's NDP: Radical, Socialist and Disorganized as Ever

What was supposed to be an exercise in showing how good the NDP could be at managing the public purse and proposing sensible, balanced policies turned into the usual radical, job-killing, tax-raising, disorganized chaos for which the left wing has always been known.
04/17/2013 12:26 EDT
Even the Robocalls Investigation Is Dirty

Even the Robocalls Investigation Is Dirty Business

New information reveals not even the private contractors hired by Elections Canada to investigate the possible 2011 "robocalls" are neutral, non-partisan individuals. A search reveals that many members on their board of directors have donated money to the Liberals and Bloc Quebecois -- the same parties which have the most to gain in propagating any sort of "robocall" voter conspiracy myth.
02/20/2013 12:36 EST
Why We Should Investigate the Robocalls

Why We Should Investigate the Robocalls Investigation

My recent Access to Information request revealed that Elections Canada has spent almost $780,000 chasing the fantasy that Conservatives robocalled Canadians into voting in the wrong places in the May 2011 federal election. In my previous post we learned that the Commissioner's Office spent $192,203.48 on "Investigators' Fees and Salaries." So who are these investigators?
02/07/2013 08:16 EST