What will Canada look like the day after the federal election?

The federal election has been a colossal waste of time, effort and money

What will Canada look like the day after the federal election?“I wasted time, and now doth time waste me; for now hath time made me his numbering clock: my thoughts are minutes; and with sighs they jar their watches on unto mine eyes, the outward watch, whereto my finger, like a dial’s point, is pointing still, in cleansing them from tears,” William Shakespeare wrote in…

Questions you need to ask before you cast your ballot

We accept that the world intervenes in any plans for the future but we must still decide who gets our vote

Questions you need to ask before you cast your ballotThe 2021 federal election is upon us. In Canada, we’re blessed to have fair elections, the results of which are peacefully implemented – so don’t forget to vote. There are many nations where people can’t vote. There are many more where their vote doesn’t matter because tyrants have predetermined the results or will use violence…

Politicians are long on promises but short on delivery

None of the major parties have a realistic plan to get the nation’s finances in order

Politicians are long on promises but short on deliveryPoliticians have made promises that will cost tens of billions of dollars during this election. But when it comes time to open their wallets to pay the tab, these party leaders are running to hide in the bathroom while taxpayers cover the bill. Politicians and taxpayers both need to understand a simple truth: there is…

Wilson-Raybould book could be an election game-changer

Indian’ in the Cabinet: Speaking Truth to Power could open old wounds and create new ones

Wilson-Raybould book could be an election game-changerElections in democracies generally fit under one of two historical patterns. They can be straightforward experiences where parties and candidates take an early lead and romp to victory or win comfortably. They can also be complicated situations where parties and candidates go up and down in the polls like yo-yos, face many twists and turns,…

How did we make reconciliation about white folks?

Many of the educational efforts associated with reconciliation are targeted at non-Indigenous peoples

How did we make reconciliation about white folks?Something strange has been happening on the road to true reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission produced clear recommendations on how the country could shed the bitter legacy of Indigenous residential schools. Yet, following revelations about gravesites near formal residential schools, the process seems to have morphed into measures designed to serve…

How to improve mental health care

Care becomes more accessible when doctors aren’t the first contact or the key holders to care

How to improve mental health careBy David Zitner and Dominic Covvey Contributors Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston’s recent election campaign emphasized health services, including mental health. Now, federal leaders are also dedicating substantial energy during their election campaigns to discussions of health and mental health. Mistaken beliefs and our incomplete understanding of the nature of mental health problems lead to…

Climate questions that make me pause

I bought some hardware items the other day. The plastic wrapping outweighed the things I was buying

Climate questions that make me pauseA few columns ago I started a dialogue about climate issues and how we could, and should, react to them. I become more confused than enlightened as I strive to learn more about the issue and the proposed solutions. I have a few questions that trouble me: If we should reduce our dependence on fossil…

O’Toole handled his first election pitfall quickly and effectively

He pivoted back to the ineffective Liberal plan against gun violence and moved forward

O’Toole handled his first election pitfall quickly and effectivelyMost political parties face a few potential pitfalls during an election campaign. It seems rather obvious on the surface, right? Yet it’s astonishing how many parties and leaders are completely unprepared for what the march of history has repeatedly warned them to watch, learn and avoid. This year’s federal election has already witnessed a few…

What can we expect from our leaders on Indigenous issues?

The parties' records over the last 13 years are revealing

What can we expect from our leaders on Indigenous issues?If Canadians are as concerned as they claim about the increasing number of unmarked graves found near former residential schools, the 2021 federal election will be pivotal. Each of the major political parties displays a clear track record exposing their views on Indigenous issues, domestically and abroad. The residential school apology on June 11, 2008,…

Beware the totalitarian instincts of ‘the collective’

The conflation of state and individual has long been popular among those who crave power over others

Beware the totalitarian instincts of ‘the collective’Last spring, Trent University Professor Christopher Dummitt took us all to task for our insufficient dedication to the collective – which, he worries, leaves those who “call for national sacrifice” on behalf of “the collective will” in a bind, bereft of the obedience they deserve. Dummitt’s alleged “collective action problem” betrays a fundamentally illiberal misunderstanding…

Will Canadians stick with Trudeau the changemaker?

For someone who was allegedly not up to the job, Trudeau has made significant achievements in support of his policy agenda

Will Canadians stick with Trudeau the changemaker?The first day of Canada’s Election#44 campaign involved critics accusing Prime Minister Trudeau of selfishly calling an election as a vanity project seeking a majority government. The prime minister naturally rejected that allegation, noting that pivotal decisions need to be made as Canada emerges from the pandemic, suggesting voters’ upcoming decision would be “maybe the…

When political protests become hate-filled harassment

Harassment such as that experienced by Rempel Garner and Trudeau must be immediately condemned

When political protests become hate-filled harassmentCanada’s federal election campaign just passed the two-week mark. Alas, we’ve already witnessed an invasion of the privacy of some politicians in public and private spaces. There was the Aug. 27 disruption of a Liberal rally in Bolton, Ont. Dozens of protesters, ranging from government critics to opponents of COVID-19 masks and vaccine passports, yelled…

O’Toole offers a thoughtful strategy to tackle food inflation

If you feel you’re paying more for food, it’s not an illusion

O’Toole offers a thoughtful strategy to tackle food inflationThe Conservative Party of Canada recently promised to control food inflation for Canadians. It’s an odd promise for a party typically known to embrace market-free conditions but it holds great potential. What makes this promise even more atypical is that Canadians have access to one of the most affordable food baskets in the world, 18th…

Taxpayers still waiting for a credible plan to balance the books

$424 million(!) being added to the debt every single day

Taxpayers still waiting for a credible plan to balance the booksBy Franco Terrazzano and Jay Goldberg Canadian Taxpayers Federation If the federal government’s fiscal policy stays on its current trajectory, Canada’s trillion-dollar debt will be a major drain on taxpayers’ wallets for generations to come. In this election, voters will need to closely examine parties’ plans to plug that drain. Unfortunately, the current Liberal plan…

Canada is failing religious minorities in Afghanistan

Will Canada’s leaders put election campaigning on hold just long enough to deal with this humanitarian crisis?

Canada is failing religious minorities in AfghanistanAfghanistan’s religious minorities are facing nothing less than a genocide but the Canadian government has yet to make a firm commitment to protect some of the most vulnerable among them, say Canadian human rights activists. Hazaras and Christians – two of these minorities – have been cornered into a desperate situation ever since the fall…