All posts tagged Canadian politics


On Partisanship and Democracy

Federal elections are a difficult time for Canada’s political leaders to set priorities. Not all issues can be addressed, some policies will remain the same, and others will be changed for the benefit of some and the detriment of others. [...]

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Mikhail Bakhtin and the Importance of Dialogue

Well, it looks like we could be gearing up for a federal election in May. Yesterday, the Conservative Government handed down it's 2011 federal budget. The Liberal Party

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Canadian Taxpayers Federation Compares Canada’s Debt to Troubled European Countries

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) is a federally incorporated, not-for-profit citizen’s group dedicated to lower taxes, less waste and accountable government. The CTF recently launched a new

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A take on Harper’s game: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s response to the two rulings of breached parliamentary privilege by the Conservative government was unexpected, unsettling, and infuriating. My initial reaction of outrage was

How about giving job-creating tax cuts only for jobs that are actually created?

Conservative minority Government House leader John Baird told reporters this past Monday: “We are reducing taxes for businesses because it creates jobs.” But is this really

Per capita party subsidy issue not as good for Cons as PM Harper thinks?

Franz Kafka (1883–1924) was born and raised in Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic. He spent most of his short adult life working for

Could emerging new political Iggy be closer to holy grail than we think?

Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff laced up his skates at Victoria Park in London, Ontario on Sunday, January 16, 2011. The visit was part of a 20-ridings-in-11-days-election-style

Why John A. Macdonald can never be Canada’s George Washington

This past Tuesday, January 11, was John A. Macdonald’s birthday (and, intriguingly enough, also Jean Chrétien’s).

Macdonald, in case you’ve forgotten (as almost half those Canadians consulted

The deep democracy of a Canadian Town Meeting with Michael Ignatieff

Nothing in me is smug about the safety of Canada. I'm an American on the brink of becoming a Canadian citizen and I’m here tonight to see how

Sponsorship scandal: time to exorcise the demons

For years, there’s been an elephant in the room of the Liberal Party of Canada. It’s called the Sponsorship Scandal. Ten years and two major election defeats

What’s going on with the Canadian economy (does anyone really know)?

It is probably quite politically clever that “Conservative MPs will soon be asking their constituents for advice on what to do about the economy … Prime Minister

Will Con-NDP “coalition” be big Ottawa surprise of 2011?

On January 1, 2011 a crowd gathered in Herring Cove, just south of downtown Halifax, to watch brave souls take the plunge at the annual

2010: the year Stephen Harper finally got his majority .. in the unreformed Senate of Canada!

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End-of-the-year assessments are already creeping into the news — and no doubt with good enough

Holiday political polls in Canada … anyone with vision comes to this decision — don’t make up your mind!

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The Canadian federal election of 2011 .. truth or dare?

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, December 18, 2008. David Blaikie Photos.

Staggering “home from a seemingly endless succession of Christmas parties” in Ottawa, John Ibbitson reports: “If conventional

Canadian Navy already has a good name

Some claim this satirical photo actually depicts a small US Coast Guard vessel! The Canadian Navy does say that its main priority right now is building

“Representation by population” DOA in Canada yet again?

John Ibbitson receives literary award from Governor General Jean for his children’s book, The Landing, December 10, 2008.

The big Ottawa mystery this half-dreary Friday afternoon in

Do Ford in Toronto and Fantino in Vaughan mean a new blue tide will sweep Ontario in next federal election?

The Canadian Press has nicely captured the combined impacts of at least one (or two?) of this past Monday’s three federal by-elections, and today’s inauguration of the

The three November 29 by-elections in Manitoba and Southern Ontario : a new hinge of fate?

Robert Sopuck in the moody Manitoba riding of Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette : a shoe-in for the Conservatives.

Just three and a half weeks ago, the Globe and

If Harper really is preparing his exit, what will his legacy to Canada be?

This is Vancouver, in November? Apparently it is, on the morning of November 25, 2010, near Fraser Street and King Edward. Photograph by: Ian Smith,

Access to sex reassignment surgery jeopardized

Last week Conservative Public Safety Minister Vic Toews instructed the Correctional Service of Canada to stop performing sex reassignment surgery for transgender federal inmates, at least four...


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