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Canada must act fast to benefit from America’s shift to electric cars

May 13 2021 — — U.S. President Joe Biden has moved quickly since his swearing-in on Jan. 20 by introducing a $2-trillion “American Jobs Plan” to rebuild the economy and revitalize infrastructure. A key pillar of the plan is a $174-billion investment to “win the EV (electric vehicle) market.” This includes supporting automakers as they transition to electrification, offering consumer […]

Process Nerd: What exactly is a Charter statement, and why are the Tories calling for a new one for C-10?

May 4 2021 — Kady O'Malley — As iPolitics reported last night, we’re still waiting to see whether the Canadian heritage committee will back a Conservative motion to hit pause on its review of the Liberals’ proposed overhaul of the broadcasting regime until the government produces an updated Charter statement — specifically, one that would address the last-minute move to scrap a […]

Census 2021: Collecting the picture of Canada

May 3 2021 — François-Philippe Champagne — In 1896, Sir Herbert Brown Ames surveyed 38,000 homes in a working-class neighbourhood in Montreal. Going home to home, he asked people about their employment, income, rent, and housing conditions. Some might have been surprised, and a bit wary, to see a stranger at the door. But the answers they gave became an invaluable portrait […]

The pressure’s on Ottawa to create an economic vision

Mar 11 2021 — Elliot Hughes — With a March budget now off the table, the government has bought itself one of the most valuable assets in politics: time. What better use of this resource than to tackle what has long been missing from Canada’s playbook: a clear economic vision. Budget 2021 is the perfect vehicle to launch it. In times of […]

This is why automated tax hikes were–and still are–a bad idea

Mar 3 2021 — Harrison Ruess — In 2017 the federal government implemented something new: a tax that would automatically go up every year in the future, forever. The federal government’s budget that year included a one-time 2 per cent increase on the excise tax on beer, spirits and wine, but it also included a measure that will increase the tax further […]

The Conservative base is dragging the party too far right and radical

Feb 25 2021 — Michael Coren — Establishments come; establishments go. That’s the nature of the beast. What remains constant is that every institution, every culture, has one. In the case of the Conservative Party of Canada, that establishment may be experiencing some radical changes. Four well-known and influential party activists — James Dodds, chair of Conservative Fund Canada; former chair Irving […]

Process Nerd: With great privilege comes… oh, you know the rest

Feb 23 2021 — Kady O'Malley — At this point, it’s pretty much standard operating procedure in a minority setting: Opposition parties demand that the government release potentially politically damaging documentation. The government either drags its feet or ignores it entirely. Eventually — and usually sooner rather than later these days — opposition members join forces to bring the full weight of […]

Erin O’Toole must crack down on the latest extremist in his camp

Feb 22 2021 — Michael Coren — One has to admire Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole. Whenever he has the opportunity, he tells us he’s intent on making his party modern and progressive, and that he simply will not tolerate any form of extremism or fanaticism in its ranks. Problem is, the Conservative base in Canada contains a number of extremists and fanatics, […]

The Indo-Pacific region is both a challenge and an opportunity for Canada

Jan 28 2021 — Andrew Leslie — The past few years have been exhausting for global citizens, including Canadians. The U.S. is our closest friend and largest trading partner, and the usually reliable champion of international stability, free trade, and multilateral defence and security organizations. It has been recently led by a president who delighted in challenging these constructs at every opportunity, […]

Could what happened in Washington last week happen here?

Jan 11 2021 — Michael Coren — If anything characterizes last week’s grotesque attempt to storm the Capitol building in Washington, it’s an almost surreal degree of paradox: Alleged patriots roaring their hatred of their country’s essence were joined by ostensible supporters of the police attacking cops — in one case, killing one — while supposed Christians, followers of the Prince of […]

Sloan Alone? Over to you, Mr. Toole

Dec 3 2020 — Michael Coren — Derek Sloan, the Conservative MP for Hastings—Lennox and Addington, is quite the star among the hard line conservative right. Earlier this year he questioned the national loyalties of Canada’s chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, and now he has sponsored a parliamentary e-petition that questions the safety of the much-anticipated coronavirus vaccine. The petition […]

Trudeau duped by Russian pranksters pretending to be Greta Thunberg

Nov 23 2020 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is the latest leader to be pranked by Russian YouTubers Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who are also known as Vovan and Lexus. Earlier today, the prankster tandem released an animated video on Youtube of a telephone conversation they had with Trudeau last January, days after Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 […]

Canadians concerned with medically-assisted dying bill: poll

Nov 10 2020 — — A new poll shows Canadians continue to support medical assistance in dying (MAiD) but have concerns about expanding the bill. Last month the federal government reintroduced medical assistance in dying, Bill C-7, to remove “the requirement for a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible for MAiD” and “introduce a […]