Articles Tagged ‘Canadian Politics’

  • Resistance towards Resilience: Suicide and the Settler Colonial State

    Human Rights

    When we heal which requires our existence, our ancestors will heal as well. We are lovers of life-the ultimate threat we have over the settler colonial state. We must not adopt the identity of the settler colonial state; a self-destructive life-hating way of being. This is why we must resist.

  • After the Sands: Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians

    Environment

    The Paris climate accords were strong on aspirations to keep the world below 2C temperature rise but very weak on delivery. Despite Trudeau’s claims that Canada is back, Ottawa has stuck with Stephen Harper’s pathetic climate targets. To meet its commitments, each country must find its own unique road map. Canada doesn’t have one.

  • My Advice to NDP: Look Before You Leap. Then Leap

    Canadian Politics

    To judge from the reaction of the Canadian punditariat, the New Democrats’ convention in Edmonton was a murder-suicide. Tom Mulcair was ousted (and immediately resurrected himself as interim leader), and the convention voted to discuss the Leap Manifesto – which everyone took to be political self-immolation.

  • NDP Now Has Chance to End 13 Years of Error

    Canadian Politics

    The NDP has paid a staggering price for the politics of its last two leaders. Jack Layton was more in tune with the social democratic roots of the party than Mulcair, but he launched the shift to a strategy aimed at achieving power. The inevitable result was to water down social democratic principles and move the party to the centre.

  • Build a dozen pipelines, Alberta. It won’t help

    Canadian Politics

    Alberta needs to figure out how to make the most of the infrastructure it has in place. Money spent on a pipeline right now would be money wasted. But Notley can’t say that aloud — not while also delivering the bad news on her province’s finances and fighting back against the implications of the so-called Leap Manifesto.

  • Garda: Canada’s “Blackwater”

    Canadian Politics

    Last week students at L’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) disrupted a board meeting after learning administrators planned to sign a $50 million, seven-year, contract with security giant GardaWorld. Protesters are angry the administration has sought to expel student leaders and ramp up security at the politically active campus as they cut programs.

  • Why the offshore tax haven crisis won’t get fixed, despite Panama Papers

    Canadian Politics

    Ultimately, the offshore tax issue exposes who governments are beholden to. And they’re clearly beholden less and less to average citizens (if at all) and more to corporate interests and the billionaire class. So if you want to know why nothing ever happens with eradicating offshore tax havens, simply look at who are the beneficiaries - and who’s afraid of taking them on.

  • Mistaken Identity

    Canadian Politics

    Like many, I was perplexed to read Jonathan Kay’s lament for the Canadian left, which he argues has sacrificed “wide-angle” issues like trade deals and the sharing economy for “a narrow fixation on identity politics.” Perplexed because I feel like if I share one more article about Uber or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, my mom will unfriend me.

  • The Leap Manifesto and the NDP

    Canadian Politics

    It’s possible that backing the Leap Manifesto would bode poorly for Mulcair’s centrist vision, but it might also be the case—should he read the writing on the wall—that he supports this new initiative as a way forward for him, and the party. We shall soon find out.

  • If Mulcair Survives Next Week’s Review, the NDP Is Doomed

    Canadian Politics

    It is more important than political philosophy, party democracy, member engagement, and even more important than winning. In the NDP, it seems, so long as you have been a loyal member since you were 14 you will likely never be held accountable, no matter what mistakes you make.

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