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The Case for Strategic Voting in Calgary's By-Election

The Case for Strategic Voting in Calgary's By-Election | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
The most exciting by-election on Thursday is in Calgary Centre, where polls indicate a three-way race between the Conservatives, the Liberals and (deep breath) the Green Party.
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Former PBO Kevin Page: ‘Ottawa is Putinesque’

Former PBO Kevin Page: ‘Ottawa is Putinesque’ | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page slammed Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a speech in Halifax on Thursday, comparing him to Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia.
Page, asked to speak about accountability in Ottawa, said he thinks Canada has changed so much in recent years, it needs a long, drawn-out American-style election to air all the important questions.
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Page:  “I don’t see this government changing, and I see them dismantling institution by institution. We need to start the debate now.”

 
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Kathleen Wynne questions what fuelled anti-sex-ed protesters in Mississauga last month | Toronto Star

Kathleen Wynne questions what fuelled anti-sex-ed protesters in Mississauga last month | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Premier Kathleen Wynne suggests a confrontation with hundreds of raucous anti-sex-ed protesters in Mississauga late last month may be politically motivated.
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“I think it will be a ground campaign, and I think it will be an attempt to paint all Liberals with somehow . . . this very negative patina, and I just think it’s despicable,” she continued.


Although the sex education curriculum falls within provincial jurisdiction over education, the federal Tories see an opportunity to rechannel local anger against the federal Liberals led by Justin Trudeau, she says.

 

Last month’s chaotic encounter — which received sparse coverage because Wynne decided only at the last minute to meet protesters face to face — “was organized by a federal Conservative candidate,” the premier asserted in the interview.


Wynne’s office later clarified that she was referring to party activists seeking Conservative nominations (not candidates) but could offer no evidence of direct involvement by them or the federal party. Her staff pointed to public statements by two Tory MPs in Ottawa blasting the provincial government’s curriculum update (Parm Gill from Brampton—Springdale, and Cheryl Gallant from Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke).

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Eve Adams' Income Splitting Question Shot Down By Pierre Poilievre (And Eve ... - Huffington Post Canada

Eve Adams' Income Splitting Question Shot Down By Pierre Poilievre (And Eve ... - Huffington Post Canada | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Eve Adams likely expected Conservatives would have a snappy retort when she asked her first question as a Liberal MP.

She may not have anticipated that the words fired back would be her own.

On Wednesday, Adams rose in question period to bemoan...
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Where to begin with this...so messed up.

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A Toronto judge, two veteran prosecutors, and a lion for the defence: Who's who in the Mike Duffy trial

A Toronto judge, two veteran prosecutors, and a lion for the defence: Who's who in the Mike Duffy trial | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Ottawa’s Elgin Street courthouse has seen murder trials, terrorism cases and politicians put away for corruption. But it has never seen anything quite like the impending trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy, whose case begins April 7.
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Cost to fight ISIL in Syria and Iraq declared secret by Conservative government

Cost to fight ISIL in Syria and Iraq declared secret by Conservative government | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Parliament may have approved a year-long extension to the country’s combat mission in Iraq and Syria, but the Harper government is once again refusing to say how much it will cost taxpayers, Murray Brewster of the Canadian Press writes.
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Dave Perry of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute says he’s astonished.

 

He says it is the first, and only, time since this form of Parliamentary reporting was created in 1996-97 that a cost estimate for an international operation was withheld because that information was deemed classified.

 
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This election is about Stephen Harper

This election is about Stephen Harper | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
An interesting political theory is that if an election campaign is all about someone, they will lose. In the upcoming election, Prime Minister Stephen...
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"Our courts and justice system are the envy of the world and have always been the source of pride and balance. This prime minister is destroying them."

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Bureaucrats warned against removing green requirements for infrastructure projects

Bureaucrats warned against removing green requirements for infrastructure projects | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Senior bureaucrats worried last year that removing green requirements for infrastructure projects that wanted federal funds would “negatively impact Canada’s ability to adapt to climate change,” according to recently released documents.
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Outdated law hampering the work of Canadian charities, B.C. university report says | Toronto Star

Outdated law hampering the work of Canadian charities, B.C. university report says | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Ambiguous and outdated laws are hampering the work of Canadian charities, says a new report.
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52 charities are currently being audited by the Canada Revenue Agency. 

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Jesse Kline on Canada's mission against ISIS: Let's fight our own battles

Jesse Kline on Canada's mission against ISIS: Let's fight our own battles | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
It's not worth spilling Canadian blood in civil wars where both sides want to kill us
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"When Canada and its NATO allies started bombing the country in 2011, Harper said we had a “moral obligation” to assist the Libyan people. But instead of bringing freedom and democracy to the country, the West’s intervention has only brought death and destruction.

 

Libya’s elected government was driven out of the capital Tripoli last summer and excerts little control over most of the country, which is largely run by warring Islamic militant groups. Many of these groups have pledged allegiance to ISIS and engaged in similarly brutal practices — including kidnappings, beheadings and bombings.

 

It is, of course, entirely possible that a similar outcome would have occurred in the absence of Western intervention. But the fact remains that our bombing campaign aided Islamic militants in overthrowing the Gaddafi regime, and allowed ISIS to gain a foothold less than 500 kilometres from the Italian coast, from which it has threatened to “conquer Rome” — the historic heart of Western civilization."

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Mulcair hints at support for Energy East

Mulcair hints at support for Energy East | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair tiptoed around the proposed Energy East pipeline debate while responding to reporters' questions in downtown Vancouver on Thursday.  Asked about his thoughts on the controversial project, Mulcair said his party was opposed to any pipeline project that forgoes "thorough, reliable, and credible" environme
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And here's an example of a politician trying to take a centrist position on a divisive issue in Quebec - where he needs a win. These words could well have been spoken by Trudeau...except they weren't. 

 

This is politics. Like it or not.

 

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Why Are Young Workers Shunning the Oilsands? | The Tyee

Why Are Young Workers Shunning the Oilsands? | The Tyee | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Millennials more likely to view industry as outdated and polluting.
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"The energy sector's underwhelming reputation in some quarters of the country is making it more difficult to recruit people," an analysis of the data concluded. Of the 1,396 Canadians surveyed, about 10 per cent found oil and gas firms to be credible on issues related to clean energy or the environment.


Millennial respondents were particularly skeptical of the oil and gas sector. Only 9.3 per cent of them described the oil sands as "essential," as opposed to 18 per cent of the broader population.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair remains open to Liberal alliance to knock out Tories | Toronto Star

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair remains open to Liberal alliance to knock out Tories | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
If the Tories return to power, NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says a post-election alliance with the Liberals could be necessary.
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Baby steps...

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Feeling ignored by government, Canadian academics offer their own climate policy

Feeling ignored by government, Canadian academics offer their own climate policy | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Seventy-one scholars release plan for reducing emissions
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“Climate change is the most serious ‘symptom’ of non-sustainable development,” concludes the report, which offers a detailed policy road map for Canada to achieve 100% reliance on low-carbon electricity by 2035. It calls for Canada to reduce greenhouse emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and eliminate at least 80% of emissions by midcentury. Ten major recommendations include calls to impose a price on carbon emissions through a tax or pollution permit trading system, add more solar and wind power to Canada’s bountiful hydropower supplies, and eliminate subsidies for fossil fuels.

 

It’s “a specifically Canadian proposal,” aimed at moving away from a “doom and gloom attitude,” Potvin says. “There is no miracle cure that will fix the problem. It’s about taking small steps toward a longer goal.”

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Liberals won't co-operate, run against Alberta Party in Calgary-Elbow

Liberals won't co-operate, run against Alberta Party in Calgary-Elbow | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
No deal: The Liberals will run a candidate against Alberta Party leader Greg Clark in Calgary-Elbow despite talks of a possible merger later.
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I guess we know what question to ask John Roggeveen on the doorstep.

 

This doesn't look good for David Swann either who told a gathering of the Alberta Teachers Association that he wouldn't run a candidate against Clark in Elbow. And John has run previously in Calgary-Shaw. What does he know about this riding?

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Justin Trudeau quietly suggests we change everything - Macleans.ca

Justin Trudeau quietly suggests we change everything - Macleans.ca | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Justin Trudeau invites MPs to ask him questions and no one shows up. But the Liberal leader still finds reason to muse aloud about changing everything.
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Love this article. Although a bit lengthy, tells a story.

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Mohamed Fahmy’s lack of Canadian passport leaves him in limbo | Toronto Star

Mohamed Fahmy’s lack of Canadian passport leaves him in limbo  | Toronto Star | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Rob Nicholson assailed by NDP for not giving passport to Mohamed Fahmy #cdnpoli
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I don't know if a passport is literature, but when a citizen of Canada is in jail in another country and his passport has been taken from him, and a new passport might help him to become free, and his home government refuses to grant him that passport, it approaches literature--something by Kafka or Beckett, maybe. FS

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U.S.-Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid - The Globe and Mail

U.S.-Mexico sign climate co-operation deal as Canada stalls on UN emissions bid - The Globe and Mail | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Great to see our fellow North Americans moving ahead on tackling #climate change. http://t.co/a7KOc8o50n #Mexico #USA #cdnpoli
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Pamela Wallin filed false Senate claims for work on boards of CTV, BMO, RCMP allege

Pamela Wallin filed false Senate claims for work on boards of CTV, BMO, RCMP allege | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Sen. Pamela Wallin charged the Senate for travel so she could offer “a Conservative Party perspective” on the 2011 federal election on a television news panel, the RCMP allege in newly released court documents.
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Makers of Firefox web browser "strongly oppose" Stephen Harper's Bill C-51 | Press Progress

Makers of Firefox web browser "strongly oppose" Stephen Harper's Bill C-51 | Press Progress | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Mozilla, the company behind one of the world's leading web browsers, says the Conservative anti-terrorism bill will "threaten the openness of the web" and "reduce the security of the Internet."
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Study finds ‘highly concerning’ trend: Politics so repels young Canadians they are not voting as they grow older

Study finds ‘highly concerning’ trend: Politics so repels young Canadians they are not voting as they grow older | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
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Stephen Hume: Politically motivated tax audits chill government’s critics

Stephen Hume: Politically motivated tax audits chill government’s critics | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Is Prime Minister Stephen Harper Canada’s equivalent to Richard Nixon, that U.S. president who was eventually impeached for using state powers to punish critics of his government and policies? Whether or not you dismiss such a comparison as casual water cooler opinion, there are real grounds for a perception that Canada’s politicians can use government to silence critics, the Environmental Law Centre at the University of Victoria warns after doing a study of recent federal tax audits.
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Charities investigated by the CRA include the Nobel Prize-winning human rights group Amnesty International; Pen Canada, which advocates freedom of expression under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a left-leaning economic think-tank that balances the right-leaning Fraser Institute.

 

Last September, 422 university professors from across Canada sent a letter to the federal government expressing concern that conservative think tanks appeared to have escaped audits. They concluded that the decision to audit the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives was “politically motivated to intimidate and silence its criticism of your government’s policies.”

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New records detail how climate-change views scuttled artist's grant

New records detail how climate-change views scuttled artist's grant | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
A British Columbia artist and environmental activist accuses government of misusing its censorship powers to hide a politically driven effort to silence her because of her views on climate change and the oilsands.
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Another email sent to the NGO Nektarina stated the reasons for the defunding decision “are not something we are able to provide in writing.”

Said James: “What is surprising and so shocking (with the latest disclosures) is that they’re using high-level security clauses in order to black out stuff which is partisan and embarrassing. These guys have been abusing that (exemption) clause in my case, they’re blatantly covering up stuff.”

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Canadian Bar Association Denounces Anti-Terror Bill

Canadian Bar Association Denounces Anti-Terror Bill | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
OTTAWA - The Conservative government's anti-terrorism bill contains "ill-considered" measures that will deprive Canadians of liberties without increasing their safety, the Canadian Bar Association says.The bar association objects to the pla...
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On Climate Change, the Generation Gap Is Widening | The Tyee

On Climate Change, the Generation Gap Is Widening | The Tyee | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Poll suggests Millennials more likely to support a low-carbon economy than Boomers.
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A similar age gap was revealed in Canada's 2011 federal election. About 61 per cent of electors turned out to vote. But less than half of 25 to 34-year-olds cast a ballot. For younger people the numbers were even lower. Elections Canada later blamed it on rampant political cynicism among Millennials. "That drives me crazy," Pedersen said. For him it's not enough that young people support a low-carbon economy. They have to make their voices heard. "Idealism on its own won't cut it," he said.

 

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Worried about C-51? You’re probably a terrorist.

Worried about C-51? You’re probably a terrorist. | Politics in Canada | Scoop.it
Are you now, or have you ever been, a terrorist?

That, in one form or another, is the question being asked over and over by Conservative MPs of expert witnesses called before the Commons standing committee reviewing Bill C-51, the so-called anti-terrorism law.

I spoke before the committee last week. I pointed to the danger in the bill's much-expanded definition of national security and in its false conflation of peaceful protest with terrorism. I was expecting to be called on to defend our arguments, to cite evidence on how the bill's sweeping new powers could be used against peaceful advocates for action on climate change.
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Conservative MP LaVar Payne asked me if I consider myself to be a threat to national security — because, he said, if I’m not a terrorist then why would I worry about an “anti-terrorism” bill? He added that our criticism of C-51 made him “wonder if your organization is a national security threat”. (I never got a chance to respond, since Payne kept talking to run out the clock.)


This was no slip of the tongue. Carmen Cheung, senior counsel for the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, spoke to the committee shortly before me. Her carefully-parsed legal arguments on the threats this bill poses to civil rights without enhancing security were dismissed by Conservative MP Rick Norlock as “rambling” — before he had the gall to ask her if she is “simply fundamentally opposed to taking terrorists off the street”.

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Freedom of expression is always at the centre of artistic freedom.