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Talking About When Life Begins in Canada: Motion 312 and the Minister for the Status of Women

As a young Canadian woman, I have grown up knowing that there was a certain security related to being born in my country. I am not talking about political or economic security, but rather the way in which my rights as a woman were entrenched in the Canadian constitution, the Criminal Code of Canada, and […]

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#TellVicEverything: A Peculiarly Canadian Sort of Protest

I hate writing politics posts about specific bills, because invariably with this government they boil down to “augh, this is terrible, ineffective, and profoundly uncanadian, and I’m embarrassed that these yahoos are running our government,” which while accurate, doesn’t make for much of a read. So, new tack this week: let’s talk about the (hilarious) […]

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Should the Opposition Parties Collude To Try to Oust Harper in the Next Election?

Having the progressive political views that I do, I am on the mailing list of Lead Now, a non-partisan Canadian organization dedicated to building a better, more progressive government and democracy. I (and presumably everyone else on their list) got an email last week titled, “Maybe the most important question we’ll ever ask you,” and […]

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Public Broadcasting Has Cultural Significance Beyond Hockey

Public broadcasting gets a bad rap in Canada. Shows produced by the CBC (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, for the non-Canadians) are often written off a boring dreck by the general viewing public. The CBC is generally acknowledged to do news, hockey, and some very specific stripes of comedy (ie, Rick Mercer) very well, but beyond […]

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Sometimes you Just Need to Cuss Out the Environment Minister

I can empathize with Justin Trudeau. Sometimes government MPs say truly galling things, and sometimes all you can do is to let loose a cuss to let the steam out of your ears. Last week, Canada pulled out of the Kyoto Accord, to no-one’s great surprise but everyone’s collective shame. Megan Leslie, the NDP’s environment […]

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Talking About Attawapiskat

It’s an understatement to say that Canada has a troubled relationship to the First Nations communities, and this time around, it’s Attawapiskat in the news, with an extreme housing deficit and inadequate housing, with an approaching Northern Ontario winter.

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Canadian Politics: Women in the House

Okay, it seems like it’s time for a change of pace. There’s been quite a handful of both federal and provincial elections this year and women are increasingly in positions of power in various Houses across the nation. I thought I’d do a bit of a summary of where women stand in Canadian politics, and […]

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Scrapping the Long Gun Registry is a Feminist Issue

I swear, I’ll stop talking about specific legislation as soon as problematic legislation stops being introduced and hustled through Parliament without debate. Promise! Last week, the Conservatives tabled legislation to not only scrap the long gun registry, but also to destroy all the data it currently holds, and again used closure* to shut down debate […]

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When Even Texan Politicians Publicly State Your Crime Bill Is Problematic, You Really Should Reevaluate It

Ladies and gentlemen, I think it’s clear from what I’ve written so far that I am one of those bleeding heart dirty hippie leftie types, and that is a badge I wear proudly, even though I both cut my hair and showered today. It’s understandable, then, that I level a lot of criticism at the […]

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Canadian Politics: The NDP Leadership Race Heats Up

The NDP is having a leadership race after the untimely death of Jack Layton this summer, and while the official deadline for candidates to enter the race is January 24th (two months before the election), the second heavyweight threw his hat into the ring last week. There are currently six declared candidates (though I’m not […]

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What Happens in Public Accounts Committee Stays in Public Accounts Committee

This isn’t relevant to this week’s post, but for those of you curious about the outcome of the Ontario election I talked about last week, the Liberals got the slimmest of minorities (1 seat from a majority), so (thankfully!) Hudak is not in power, and Horwath and the NDP hold the balance of power. How […]

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Why a Liberal/NDP Merger is a Bad Idea

I know there’s Canadians who read Persephone, so let’s talk about Canadian politics! Things’ve gotten pretty interesting in the past few months.

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Oh, Canada! An Election Primer for the Otherwise Clueless

I’m a U.S. American living in Illinois but (as of last Wednesday) married to a Canadian and making plans to move to Toronto in less than two months. The past couple of weeks have been really tumultuous in Canadian politics, and as comfortable as I am with the intricacies of the U.S. political system and […]