Articles Tagged ‘Liberal Party’

  • Evidence of good faith lacking in Trudeau’s Indigenous agenda

    Canadian Politics

    We gave Trudeau’s government more than a year to put some good faith on the table. Instead, we see a lot of talk but very little substantive action on the matters that matter most to us. If our right to free, informed and prior consent before development on our lands is not respected, that is the equivalent of breaching our Aboriginal, treaty and title rights. How does that make him any different from Harper?

  • Outflanking the NDP: the Liberals and the Left

    Canadian Politics

    For Canadians of a certain age, it is tempting to see the results of the 2015 federal election as Back to the Future. The Liberal Party that dominated Canadian politics from the 1890s into the first decade of the 21st century is once again in office, and the prime minister is the son of a former Liberal PM who presided over the country for more than 15 years.

  • Justin Trudeau on electoral reform: deception, cynicism, and misrepresentations

    Canadian Politics

    The year 2015 will be the last federal election under the First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system. This was the promise Justin Trudeau made during the 2015 campaign. But Trudeau’s Liberals have abandoned this campaign plank, based on a cynical series of lies and misrepresentations of their own promise, along with what the actual effect of ER is.

  • When it Comes to Poverty Reduction, Budget 2016 Earns Failing Grade

    Canadian Politics

    Not simply an example of the moral callousness of the Wynne government, Budget 2016 is a reflection of the current weakness of our movement. If the provincial Liberals are to earn better grades, we will need to encourage them—with protests, rallies, organizing, activism, and effective advocacy—to go back to school.

  • ‘Canada Is Back?’ Not Until Taxation Is Truly Fair

    Canadian Politics

    Justin Trudeau is fond of saying “Canada is back,” and in some genuinely gratifying ways it seems to be the case. But by far the most important and substantive evidence for this claim is still missing: an indication that the new government is willing to seriously address the issue that a genuine return to normal rests upon.

  • Canada’s election: Voters defeat Harper, but elect another Trudeau

    Canadian Politics

    In the context of a concerted movement to rid the country of the Tory government, the FPTP system put enormous pressure on anti-Tory voters to “vote strategically,” i.e. for any other party that had the best chance of defeating the government. The Liberals won that wager.

  • What Your New Liberal Majority Government Means for the Climate

    Canadian Politics

    Before the fun gets away with us, let’s do a quick reality check for what the Liberal Party and incoming Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have been promising all y’all on some important topics: climate, environment, science and transparency.

  • Can You Trust Justin Trudeau?

    Canadian Politics

    Justin Trudeau, the man/boy, seems to have never had an original idea in his life nor any discernible vision of the country that drives his politics. No matter how long he is on the scene as a potential PM I cannot get past reacting to him as if he is an MC at a high school prom.

  • The Liberal Party is the Tim Hortons of Canadian Politics

    Canadian Politics

    The Liberal policies that were enacted when they were last in government, like cutting funding to popular social programs to pay for corporate tax cuts, are somewhat analogous to a roll up the rim to win contest: most people lose, some get something minor like a coffee or a doughnut, and a tiny minority get the real prizes.

  • Reinventing Progressive Politics

    We are so accustomed to the connection between political parties and democracy that to question the relationship between the two might seem absurd. But for those who recognize the multiple crises faced by humanity — the destruction of our environment, climate change, the ravages of unfettered finance capital, the undeniable limits to growth — the failure of our liberal, multi-party democracies seems increasingly obvious.

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