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Jagmeet Singh's trip to Israel and breaking the NDP silence on Palestine

(blog) (blog)Last year NDP foreign critic Hélène Laverdière spoke at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's (AIPAC) annual conference in Washington and traveled to...

What I'm looking for from NDP leadership candidates on Quebec

(blog) (blog)The NDP was mostly silent during the 2012 student strikes. The strikes represented the most successful popular movement in Canada in a generation,...

Trudeau dodges 'poodle' label after caving in to Trump on arms build-up

Even after The Economist magazine ran an article headlined "Tony Blair is not a poodle," the British prime minister was unable to shake the slur...

Guy Caron brings economic expertise and Quebec knowledge to the race

Montreal GazetteRetired Hamilton area NDP MP Chris Charlton announced in mid June that she decided to support Caron because he "understands that social, economic and...

NDP leadership candidates affirm support for labour in debate

NDP leadership candidates reinforced their commitment to workers and the labour movement at a debate hosted by the United Steelworkers in Toronto on Thursday night.

Liberals follow in Conservatives' footsteps with government by the PMO

For Wayne Easter, no changes should be made to parliamentary rules of procedure without support of the main opposition parties. This is no doubt a...

2018 Ontario NDP Candidates

The people I'd keep an eye on for a provincial run would be former MPs Matt Kellway, Peggy Nash and Andrew Cash (?)...no idea if...

NDP's youth leadership debate highlights differences in style, not substance

(blog) (blog)The NDP held its second leadership debate in Montreal on Sunday afternoon – this one focused on youth issues. There were two moderators,...

Libby Davies: Next NDP leader must present principled alternative to right-wing populism

(blog) (blog)Like many, I have been giving thought to the NDP leadership race and sorting through what it is I'm looking for in a...

Canadian political surprises of 2016

(blog) (blog)Even more shocking, though, was the vicious, vulgar and misogynist hatred visited on the recipient of Trudeau's elbow, NDP MP Ruth-Ellen Brosseau. To...

Is veteran Tory's bid to run as Liberal in byelection to replace ex-PM a sign of sagging Conservative fortunes ...

(blog) (blog)Richardson has been around in Conservative circles for what seems like forever. As a young man, he served John Diefenbaker as executive assistant...

Trudeau government and health care funding

“After promising Canadians that they would invest billions more in health care, the Liberals are instead going ahead with Conservative cuts to health transfers,” said...

Trudeau continues Harper assault on human rights

This issue arose under the Harper government with the case of secret trial detainee Mohamed Harkat of Ottawa (originally imprisoned on secret allegations via the...

The ABCs of genetically modified crops

For example, on June 14 Sherbrooke NDP MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault introduced Bill C-291 in Parliament. This private member's bill, if passed, would require the mandatory...

About those conservative coup attempts: Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, but three times has got to be ...

(blog) (blog)First came the attempt said to have been orchestrated by Preston Manning in December 2014 to push the to push the Wildrose Opposition...

Is Tom Mulcair Withdrawing This Summer?

When I write 'withdraw', I don't mean from the party leadership, But from the summer events this year to rally the NDP base. He was...

Capt Cda - War Mania, Mass Hysteria, Moral Panic: Rendered Captive by Barbed Wire & Maple Leaves

By 1917, the angst among Conservative/Liberal elites went viral. Canada was under siege by mass, public hysteria. ... 6 On October 24, then-Public Safety Minister...

We need a referendum on electoral reform? No! We need a national referendum on the TPP!

(blog) (blog)This looks less likely now that the Liberals have bent enough to get the NDP on side to "start work on electoral reform...

Common sense says Canada should say no to trade deals

But I'd like to suggest Justin Trudeau and trade minister Chrystia Freeland, take time to think about striking a different note there, like backing off...

The House is back and will vote on assisted dying

(blog) (blog)She mentioned the justice minister working with her NDP colleague Randall Garrison on transgender rights, and the House's non-partisan debate on the suicide...

Political opportunism, not feminism, driving force behind 'Elbowgate' fallout

(blog) (blog)Even in 2014, when Liberal MPs Scott Andrews and Massimo Pacetti were accused of sexual harassment and assault by two female New Democrat...

Bill C-16 introduces transgender protections but keeps Harper's damaging human rights legacy

The bill is almost identical to Bill C-279, a private member's bill introduced in 2012 by NDP MP Randall Garrison. The two bills seek to...

Victory: Jaballah secret trial security certificate found unreasonable

In a major setback to a Liberal government still refusing to repeal the repressive Bill C-51, the Federal Court has found unreasonable the secret trial...

Women walk across militarized Korean border to bring new peace to old conflict

(blog) (blog)"We want a Canadian to be part of this historic women's initiative, and you we can trust,” she said. I jumped at the...

Where is Stephen Harper and what will he do now?

(blog) (blog)Stephen Harper has vanished from sight in the past six months, but his Where's Waldo status may be about to change. Harper will...

Zombie ideas on pension reform rise again

(blog) (blog)When the late Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty made the CPP expansion a political priority, Canada's financial services industry and its advocates resisted.

If Ottawa wants more women in politics, there's an easy solution

(blog) (blog)One of these is Kennedy Stewart (NDP Burnaby South) who has introduced a private member's bill into the House of Commons called the...

Manitoba's new Conservative government could mean bad news for students

(blog) (blog)The NDP also focused on family reunification, a priority that disappeared under the Harper government but has re-emerged as a focus for the...

Michelle Rempel is a feminist. The mainstream media? Not so much.

(blog) (blog)In "Ignore the critics, Michelle Rempel is a feminist" she tries to undercut our arguments with snark like: "Writers for Vice and ...

The unbearable lightness of Stéphane Dion

At the end of May, the Trudeau team and, specifically, its piffle of a global affairs minister, Stéphane Dion, will likely fail two significant foreign...

Same old same old at the CPC: The Conservative boss hasn't changed -

rabble.ca (blog)- and he may even be the same guyrabble.ca (blog)One sacrificial Conservative MP, Candice Bergen of Manitoba, was trotted out to "respectfully disagree" with...

Scott Vrooman asks Canadians: Are jobs worth killing for?

(blog) (blog)Wikileaks revealed that Conservative Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Laurie Hawn told US officials he hoped the rising number of uemployed would increase military...

Jagmeet Singh for NDP leader?

... thought joint nominations with the Liberal Party was a bad idea, I still think he has good judgement and a lot of strengths), Niki...

Don't be fooled by Michelle Rempel's sudden conversion to feminism

(blog) (blog)The National Post took note of this when she filled in for Peter Kent, defending their government's climate change plans in Question Period.

Female leadership for the NDP

... I just don't think voters will take a party led by a member of my generation seriously, unfortunately, and I'm suspicious of anyone whom...

Mulcair's out. How did it happen and what's next?

(blog) (blog)It may not have been an NDP government, but that was almost an asset for a party that wanted Canadian voters to believe...

Pipeline perceptions, percentages and past Parliamentary performance dog NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair in Alberta's ...

(blog) (blog)Meanwhile, cabinet and caucus members of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's NDP Government are far from happy with Mulcair's equivocal attitude about a pipeline...

Only an inspiring, visionary leader can bring the NDP back from its spectacular failure

(blog) (blog)Others say they'll support him because there's no other candidate, because someone else could be worse, because we can always bring in a...

NPI makes a comeback..sort of

The New Politics Initiative (NPI) believed that the NDP was moving too close to the right, and was dangerously close to becoming another Liberal Party.

Postmedia's symbiotic relationship with the Canadian Taxpayers Federation fails to offer much illumination

(blog) (blog)Even Brad Wall's Saskatchewan -- which nowadays is Canada's happy hunting ground for bad Conservative ideas for front groups like the CTF --...

Deceit and democracy: Do broken election promises matter? Part 2: The role of the media

(blog)This is the second of a two part series by Osgoode law professor and former NDP Member of Parliament for Toronto-Danforth, Craig Scott. Read...

Deceit and democracy: Do broken election promises matter? Part 1: Liberals with the truth

(blog) (blog)The "answers" of International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland on CBC Radio's Metro Morning on March 23 deserve to be immortalized as Exhibit #1...

Doug Ford "Rob Ford was two steps left of the late Jack Layton."

National PostDoug Ford "Rob Ford was two steps left of the late Jack Layton."Doug Ford explains why they have more NDP support than Andrea Horwath...

Quebec doesn't need its own NDP

(blog) (blog)... Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie. We are a village gaulois of left party supporters. Federally, Alexandre Boulerice of the NDP, Québec, Françoise David of Québec solidaire...

Demonstrators demand Canadian government speak up for ...

(blog) (blog)Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. TORONTO – Dozens of demonstrators gathered outside the ...Berta...

Fighting hate speech in Canada: Private-public presence blurs lines

In June 2012, Conservative MP Brian Storseth sought to remedy the problem of this "poorly written" section of the Canadian Human Rights Act. In doing...

Anti-War Picket & Rally, Saturday March 19 @1:PM, 344 Bloor St W, Chrystia Freeland MP's Office

Toronto Coalition To Stop the War - Anti-War Picket, Saturday, March 19, 344 Bloor W, Near Spadina TTC Station. @ 1:00 PM. In Toronto, we...

Adopting UK model won't be enough for Canada to address spy oversight woes

(blog) (blog)Now, for Canadians weary of the long series of spy agency scandals, such oversight can't come soon enough. But will the Liberals' plans...

NDP stands up to the Liberals for better protection for interns

Niki Ashton, NDP wrote: Mr. Speaker, youth unemployment is soaring in our country, and as a result many young people are being pushed into exploitative...

FMR NDP MP Ryan Cleary Tells All!

I've only read #4, about Cleary's relationship with Tom Mulcair, which seems to have been decent. Cleary doesn't say anything really negative about Tom, but...