Justin Trudeau promised changes to draconian Bill C-51. We’re still waiting

January 19, 2017

Bill C-51 was opposed by the Green Party, the Bloc Qu├ębecois and the NDP, which mounted a filibuster in Parliament. The Liberals under Justin Trudeau chose to support the legislation. But in the 2015 federal election, they promised to repeal the bill’s “problematic elements” and introduce new legislation that would strengthen parliament’s oversight.

Fifteen months after the election, Bill C-51 remains in place, and one assumes that spy and law enforcement agencies are making use of their enhanced powers.


Disgusted that Kevin O’Leary wants to be our Prime Minister? Thank Canada’s public broadcaster.

January 19, 2017

It’s been one day since human sinkhole Kevin O’Leary joined the Conservative leadership race as candidate no. 14 and already the Canadian media is working to make it seem like this isn’t a giant national embarrassment.





Prime Minister Trudeau Prepares to Resurrect Keystone XL With Cabinet Shuffle

January 19, 2017

Jane Fonda Calls Out “Pretty Faced Neoliberal” Trudeau

January 17, 2017

What should be the first focus of the Canadian left for 2017?

January 8, 2017

Now that the world’s most ambitious and depressing performance art piece has concluded (titled “Dumpster Fire, 2016: A Tragedy in 12 Parts”), it’s time to roll up our sleeves. Federal Parliament reconvenes in just about four weeks and we have some work to do if we want to stave off a tide of right-wing populism.


Growing list of Liberal hypocrisies risks ushering in right-wing populism to Canada

January 8, 2017

With their recent actions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government risk creating the conditions for right-wing populism to flourish in Canada.

The trend is becoming clear in the West: if the choice is between out of touch, elitist, neoliberal corporatists, or right-wing populists, the right-wing populists have a good shot.


Justin Trudeau may be the last neoliberal standing

January 8, 2017

So it’s unsurprising that Justin Trudeau is looking a lot like the last neoliberal standing, albeit with his own quirks, like not being a deficit hysteric. Like the Clintons and Blair, he exudes empathy for the excluded — while clinging fiercely to (free) trade deals. I think you can see him trying to resolve the same dilemmas on which Hillary Clinton recently shipwrecked.


Canadian PM Trudeau Signals He’ll Work with Trump to Restart Keystone XL

December 27, 2016

Increased cuts push Canadian health care toward privatization

December 23, 2016

We live in a society that’s riddled with elitism and special privilege. One of the few holdouts is medicare, Canada’s public health-care system, where a billionaire can’t bypass a fast-food worker waiting for medical care. Access is determined by medical need, not wallet size.

What’s ultimately at stake is whether there will be sufficient public funding to prevent provinces from turning over more of our health-care system to the private sector.


Canada defends record $11bn arms sale to Saudi Arabia in court

December 21, 2016

The Canadian government is fighting a court battle against an anti-war activist seeking to derail a record arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The activist argues the weapons could be used to violate human rights, including in the Saudi intervention in Yemen.