• Civil Liberties Association urges Hussen to Help Iranians get Permanent Residency
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    By: Janice Dickson in Ottawa, ON The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is urging Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen to help Iranians who have reported painfully long wait times to become permanent residents. “I am writing about public reports of systemic discrimination by Canada against Iranians, both residents here and overseas,” said Michael Bryant, the CCLA’s executive director in the letter to Hussen on April 6. “We will work with the Iranian community to marshal the legal effort to investigate and remedy…
    Written on Monday, 09 April 2018 22:39
  • Kathleen Wynne takes Heat at Black Community Leaders Debate
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    By: Marieke Walsh in Ottawa, ON Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne was repeatedly under attack and on the defensive Wednesday night during a debate on issues facing the black community. The debate in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood featured all major party leaders except Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford. Wynne was taken to task for her government’s record on disproportionate numbers of black children facing suspension and expulsion, inequities in the health care system and the persistence of carding by police.…
    Written on Thursday, 12 April 2018 20:47
  • Trudeau in India: Looking for Greater Common Ground
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    By: Kasi Rao in Toronto, ON Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s arrival in New Delhi on February 17 for a week-long state visit marks the 12th visit by a member of his cabinet to India, and given his position, the most important one. The significance of Trudeau’s visit is clear — India matters to Canada, as a friend and a trading partner with still-unrealized potential at a time when Canada seeks to broaden and deepen its international markets. [quote align="center" color="#999999"]"The…
    Written on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 00:00
  • The Vic Fedeli I Know
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    Commentary by: Don Curry in North Bay, Ontario Don’t buy Vic Fedeli a yellow tie. He has dozens of them. That’s his signature trademark, but he is just as well known for his intellect, knack for getting things done, workaholic tendencies, a big smile and a handshake for everyone who crosses his path. Now interim leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, the 61-year-old aims to be the permanent leader after a leadership convention that has to be held…
    Written on Tuesday, 30 January 2018 04:07
  • Trudeau’s Visit to India could be more than a Photo-Op, but he needs to Move Fast
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    Commentary by: Muhammad Ali in Toronto, ON I’m the child of Indian immigrants and, for my family, ‘Indian Standard Time’ is a term used to determine that even when we are running late, we are arriving with the party in full-swing. In the case of trade negotiations between Canada and India, we have reached Indian Standard Time. Our two countries have long had a ‘complex’ bilateral relationship. While the previous Canadian government was able to successfully end a long-simmering nuclear…
    Written on Friday, 26 January 2018 18:29
  • “No Room to Grow in the Liberal Party” – Ramos
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    Commentary by: Rodel J Ramos in Mississauga It seems our Filipino leaders have no vision and no ambition except to lead their small ethnic tribes and followers to socials, beauty contest, religious, sports and yearly traditions that lead to nowhere and no future for our people. While some are involved in politics, we do not seem to know how to play the game and benefit from it. Some of us are already proud to know well known politicians and kiss…
    Written on Sunday, 01 October 2017 23:59
  • Jagmeet Singh Battles Racism in Canadian Politics with Love
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    By: Davina Bhandar in Vancouver Within the space of a few moments, Jagmeet Singh became one of Canada’s most admired politicians. His cool-under-pressure reaction to being confronted by an angry heckler is just one of the reasons Singh is considered to be the favourite contender for leadership of the federal New Democratic Party. A video of the Sept. 6 incident at Singh’s campaign event in Brampton, Ont., went viral and has been viewed millions of times in Canada and around…
    Written on Friday, 29 September 2017 17:13
  • Wynne — Math or Sex Education
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    Commentary by: Surjit Singh Flora in Brampton Time is quickly running out for this liberal government. With recent polls showing Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating hovering at 19 per cent within her home province, a historically low rate which stands below all other active Premiers. Premier Wynne needs to step aside soon and allow another member of the party an opportunity to rebuild the Ontario Liberal brand at a time when they can still recover ahead of the next provincial election.…
    Written on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 01:06
  • Wake Up Democracy!
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    Commentary By: Avi Benlolo in Toronto Today is International Day of Democracy. Yet, the western world seems to have lost hope of the very fundamentals we are supposed to hold dear to our hearts – freedom, equality, respect and peace building. Democracies are far from perfect and disparities within exist and must be addressed to alleviate hardship and continued inequality. However, Gross Domestic Product, mortality and literacy rates are amongst the highest in the world among leading nation states which…
    Written on Friday, 15 September 2017 23:42
  • Canadian Media Falling into US-Style Polarization, Says Former Harper Minister
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    By: Jeremy J. Nuttall in Ottawa Canada could turn into a U.S.-style partisan battleground if its politicians and media don’t mend their ways, says former Conservative MP Chris Alexander. Alexander, one of the Harper government cabinet ministers defeated in the 2015 election and an unsuccessful leadership candidate, has recently been vocal about the media, politics and the “alt-right” in Canada. In a Tyee interview he acknowledged extreme right-wing factions were allowed a place in the Conservative party, but predicted that…
    Written on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 01:18
  • Jagmeet Singh Out Ahead
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    By: BJ Siekierski and Kyle Duggan in Ottawa Jagmeet Singh raised more money than the rest of the NDP leadership field combined in the second quarter of 2017. According to fundraising data published by Elections Canada late Monday afternoon, the deputy leader of the Ontario NDP raked in $356,784 from 1,681 contributors for the period that ended June 30. That was well above Charlie Angus, who finished second with $123,577 from 1,285. Niki Ashton raised $70,156 from 1,006 contributors, while…
    Written on Wednesday, 02 August 2017 03:59
  • Liberal MP Welcomes Debate with Scheer over Khadr Settlement
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    By: Janice Dickson in Ottawa Liberal MP Chandra Arya says he welcomes Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s suggestion to debate the Liberal government’s settlement with Omar Khadr. Arya acknowledged that “it’s not just the Conservatives” who are against the reported $10.5 million payout to Khadr. “Most Canadians … they’re uncomfortable, as the prime minister said.” The Nepean MP was in the Centre Block Monday morning, delivering introductory remarks to summer school students who were touring Parliament. He spoke with iPolitics between…
    Written on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 13:35
  • Double Standard, Inadequate Support Hurt Refugee Claimants, Says Kwan
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    By: Jeremy J. Nuttall in Ottawa As a Vancouver society working to support refugees fears closure after being denied federal funding, a similar organization in Manitoba said Ottawa approached it to talk about providing funding earlier this year. NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan said the government needs to provide consistent support as increasing numbers of people claiming refugee status cross the U.S. border. “That’s extremely disturbing,” Kwan said of the situation. “There needs to be consistency and fairness on the…
    Written on Monday, 12 June 2017 21:39
  • Few of Scheer's Policy Ideas Likely to Make 2019 Platform: Strategists
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    By Janice Dickson in Ottawa Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer introduced a handful of new policy ideas during the nine month long leadership race, but Tory strategists suggest they likely won’t be part of the Tories 2019 election platform. Scheer has vowed to take away federal funding from universities that don’t defend free speech. He’s proposed displaying the flags of countries that export oil to Canada on gas pumps. Scheer, who sends his own children to a faith-based school, has proposed…
    Written on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 14:43
  • Jagmeet Singh and the Fight for the Millennial Mind in 2019
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    Commentary by John Delacourt in Toronto With just a few notable exceptions, the historical roots and complexities of South Asian politics here in Canada are barely covered in our mainstream media. What we miss are factors that can weigh heavily on current leadership races, and eventually on the federal election campaign in 2019. Jagmeet Singh’s decision to enter the NDP’s federal leadership race, for example, has the potential to trigger a strong demographic shift among millennials. Here are two scenes…
    Written on Thursday, 25 May 2017 15:28
  • What Just Happened in British Columbia? And What’s Ahead?
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    By Crawford Kilian, Andrew Nikiforuk, Judith Sayers and Paul Willcocks in British Columbia A new world for BCBy Judith Sayers British Columbia sits on a precipice and will either fall into a minority Liberal government, an NDP minority government or a possible Liberal majority, depending on the results of the absentee votes and any recounts. This is one election where one vote could turn out to make the real difference. Christy Clark is, of course, trumpeting the line that the…
    Written on Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:26
  • Short Choices: The French Presidential Elections
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    by Binoy Kampmark in Melbourne, Australia The establishment got another burning in the French elections on Sunday, revealing again that there is no level of voter disgust that will not find some voice in the current range of elections. The terror for pollsters and the establishment now is whether Marine Le Pen will realize her anti-Euro project and drag the French nation kicking and moaning into a new, even more fractious order. In her way will be the pro-European Union…
    Written on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 18:52
  • An Open Letter to Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen
    Commentary by Ujjal Dosanjh in Vancouver Dear Minister Ahmed Hussen, Many of us cheered when you were recently made the Immigration Minister. We felt that as an immigrant Canadian you would surely bring to your position a new and hopefully more compassionate perspective on what it may mean to be Canadian. But our cheers were short lived. You have brought disappointments to some hearts, mine included. On Monday March 6, 2017 you deported Len Van Heest, a Canadian for the…
    Written on Thursday, 09 March 2017 13:50
  • Trudeau Retools His Front Bench for an Alarming New World
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    by Susan Delacourt in Ottawa The best person to explain the big new-year changes to the federal cabinet’s makeup might well be someone who doesn’t even live here: outgoing U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden. During a visit to Canada a month ago, Biden told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada needs to step up, internationally — comments that were widely interpreted as a gesture of passing the liberal torch from soon-to-be ex-president Barack Obama. “The world is going to spend a…
    Written on Wednesday, 11 January 2017 14:29
  • Don’t Mess with a Vote System that Works
    Commentary by Fred Maroun in Ottawa Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised to replace the first-past-the-post electoral system of Canada during the last federal election campaign a year ago. Now that he is prime minister with a parliamentary majority, there is an expectation from opponents of that electoral system that he will deliver on a promise that he should never have made. Opponents of the first-past-the-post system advance romantic ideas of better representation of the range of opinions of Canadians to…
    Written on Sunday, 11 December 2016 13:06