Canadian Politics

  • Should we ‘take down’ the banks or try to save the best of capitalism?

    If Canada is to rid itself of the destructive neoliberal Conservatives, perhaps the best that we can do, given present conditions, is to push the New Democrats and Liberals to embrace some aspects of traditional liberalism and combine those policies with some tough, new measures to protect the public.

  • The Harper Offensive

    An Oil Sands team, headquartered in London, has been run by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAIT) and is spread across eight foreign missions. They have monitored green activism, hired a PR company to try to improve “significant negative media coverage,” and shared “intelligence” with BP, Shell, Total and Norwegian Statoil, who they call “like-minded allies.”

  • Finding Virtue in a Culture of Vengeance

    What the punishment-driven crime overhaul really represents is the implementation of a policy agenda very much grounded in the ideology of the Conservative party and emotionally-driven sensationalism.

  • The Manitoba Election: Can Selinger Take It?

    In Canada, it’s rare for a political party to win four consecutive majority governments. Heading to the polls on October 4, will Manitoba’s New Democratic Party be one of those rare exceptions? Does it deserve to be?

  • Harper’s Love Affair with Israel

    Considering this history, it’s not surprising that Ottawa opposes the Palestinian national liberation struggle. To focus on the Jewish lobby is to downplay Canada’s broader pro-colonial, pro-empire foreign policy. It is a mistake to view Ottawa’s support for Israel in isolation.

  • A Punishing Regime

    The expansion of the criminal justice system has become a central part of political and economic restructuring in Canada and it demands attention. This special issue of Canadian Dimension contributes to the documentation of what this shift looks like and the ways people are resisting it.

  • Election 2011: “Don’t Mourn, Organize!”

    Counting ballots, Gramsci once observed, is only the “final ceremony of a long process.” What matters is what we do in between.

  • What the Election Outcome Means for Québec

    The routing of the Bloc Québécois should in no way be read as a sign of the waning of national aspirations in Québec, as many anglo-Canadians seem to believe – including some, like Stephen Lewis, who ought to be politically savvy enough to know better.

  • The Shock Doctrine, Toronto Style

    The Ford agenda has very little to do with resolving a crisis, real or perceived, and everything to do with remaking Toronto in a right-wing image: a leaner, meaner city, where the market is free and the public sector and its unions disciplined.

  • Harper’s Hitlist

    Were it not so immediate, this shift to an ideologically-driven politics and civil service might seem like the stuff of a bleak Dickensian satire.

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