Ontario PC leader Doug Ford’s brand of populism has nothing to do with the populism Donald Trump used to win the U.S. presidency. It’s an extension of the populism practiced by Canadian right-wing politicians such as former prime minister Stephen Harper in the most recent past.
With its eye on the crucial June election, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government has created a deficit-funded election budget proposing social policy expansions, investments, and progressive expenditures on key issues such as child care, health care, and pharmacare.
Watch the NDP’s Nathan Cullen call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a liar for breaking his promise that the 2015 federal election would be the last election under Canada’s anti-democratic first-past-the-post voting system.
Two weeks after promising to respond “at a time and place of our choosing” to Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Barack Obama expelled 35 Russian diplomats. The Russian embassy in London smells “Cold War deja vu”.
The language of warfare and violence dominates public discourse in the United States and around the world, even when war isn’t part of the conversation. Nan Levinson, a writer, teacher, and journalist covering civil and human rights, culture, and the military, discusses how the normalization of militaristic jargon is making us more combative and less receptive nonviolence.
On Monday September 19, 2016, the Special Committee on Electoral Reform launched its cross-Canada tour to consult Canadians on the best alternative to replace the current anti-democratic first-past-the-post system.
Brigette DePape was right when she vowed that “despite the Harper government making it harder for us to vote, young people are going to be the game-changers nobody saw coming” during the 2015 federal election. Elections Canada’s 2015 National Youth Survey confirms it.