Could peace in the Middle East start in Canada?
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Could peace in the Middle East start in Canada?

On October 10 Avi Abraham Benlolo, a prominent Canadian expert in Holocaust studies, joined the Global Imams Council’s Interfaith Network. Perhaps it seems odd that a Canadian who has devoted his life to support Israel, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Haifa in recognition of his work combating anti-antisemitism, would be welcome…

Canada’s political institutions need reforms
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Canada’s political institutions need reforms

It is understandable that Canadians would become increasingly frustrated with the country’s political system. Our constitution is generally said to be characterized by responsible government, the central principle of our system since 1848. Responsible government means that the government of the day, led by the Prime Minister, is responsible to parliament for everything it does….

British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns
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British Columbia: Housing, immigration and election smear campaigns

While party standings are largely unchanged in B.C., the Liberals won Richmond’s two seats from the Conservatives. That is most surprising and cause for concern. It appears pro-Beijing forces launched an aggressive smear-campaign on social media against the two Conservative incumbents for speaking out against Beijing’s human rights abuses. Chinese-Canadians dominate Richmond’s population. That community…

Ontario: Fighting indifference towards Indigenous Justice
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Ontario: Fighting indifference towards Indigenous Justice

There is a truism credited to a number of wise folks (Elie Wiesel among them), that the opposite of love is not hate, but indifference.Late last Spring, as political machinations pointed to an election, the stark truths of recovered unmarked graves at Residential School sites were high in the public mind. Given what Elders and…

Québec: Policy implementation and the cry of a Jewish prophet
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Québec: Policy implementation and the cry of a Jewish prophet

Dear Mister Prime Minister, As a fellow Québécois and Montréalais, I want to congratulate you on your election. I want to assure you that our church will be praying for you. You are well aware that “all politics are local” and no more so than in this recent election. There was no impact from Premier…

Alberta: Escaping the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency
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Alberta: Escaping the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency

The overriding question for Alberta seems to be: what is the place of fossil fuels – with their promise of generating jobs, economic growth and wealth – in a world facing climate disaster? The real question Parliament needs to address is why Alberta, and the entire country for that matter, is trapped in the tyranny…

Nova Scotia: The cost of living, health care & fishing rights
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Nova Scotia: The cost of living, health care & fishing rights

The Liberals are the traditional federal favourites in Atlantic Canada, and they kept their majority here with 24 of 32 seats. The Conservatives made some gains, taking three rural seats from the Liberals in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. No other parties won seats in Atlantic Canada, but Liberal Jenica Atwin from Fredericton is a…

Two kinds of campaign
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Two kinds of campaign

Movies make political campaigns look dramatic. There’s always some veteran campaigner with rolled up shirtsleeves and a loose necktie running a “war room,” yelling at junior staffers, throwing papers around and smoking cigarettes. There’s always a huge scandal, and the chief strategist has a brilliant idea that turns the whole election around. I’ve been on…

The choices before us
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The choices before us

As we Canadians prepare to go to the polls next week, we need to make ourselves aware of where the major political parties stand on the most significant issues of the day. The six parties we will see on our ballots are the currently governing Liberal Party, the Conservatives, the New Democrats, the Greens, the…