Category Archives: Opinion

Children in poverty are in desperate need of our help

For many years, child poverty in the developed world has been seen as an “American” problem.  The truth of the matter is that there are thousands of children in Canada living in poverty as well.  In 2013, Statistics Canada reported that nearly one million Canadian children were living in low income homes.

Many of these children are minorities, mostly aboriginal.  But many are simple everyday kids that without knowing, you would never guess that their stomachs ached because they didn’t have breakfast this morning.

It breaks my heart to think of, not only the children, but everyone living in poverty.  To have to choose between paying rent or putting meat on the table is a question no family should have to choose between.

I call on the political leaders of not only Canada and the United States, but the world, to make eliminating poverty a priority.  There is no reason why a child should be forced to go hungry.

We can all make a difference.  For some, it might be writing a blog to raise awareness.  For others, it might be volunteering at a shelter.  But one thing we should all do is hold our leaders accountable and call for action on child poverty.

For more insight on the growing concern of child poverty in Canada, head over to HuffPost Canada.

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Make or break time for the NDP

As the federal New Democrats meet in Edmonton for their annual retreat, the party needs to figure out what the next step is going into the next federal election.

With the amount of press given to Justin Trudeau over the past number of weeks, a non-observer would likely think that he was the leader of the Official Opposition instead of Tom Mulcair.  It also doesn’t help that the Conservatives are treating the NDP as though they’re invisible, putting all of their attention on Trudeau.

Recent polls have the NDP in third place, and I can count on one hand how many times I’ve seen Tom Mulcair’s name in a headline in recent months.

This is do or die time for Canada’s New Democrats.  Will they figure out a way to woo Canadian voters?  Or will they return to the position they’ve been in many, many years…third party status?

For more in-depth detail into the NDP retreat in Edmonton, head on over to HuffPost Canada.

Climate change must be taken seriously

It is time that we all take a deep look at the world in front of us.  In Canada, they have the oil sands of Alberta.  In the United States, they have the coal mines of Virginia.  Every industrialized nation has something that is causing climate change.

Scientists have told us for years that the raid change in climate due to green house gas emissions is being caused by humans, but somehow, our world leaders don’t seem to want to believe the science.

We only have this one planet.  How would you like to leave it for your children, your grand children, and their children?  If we continue on this slippery slope, our time will run out.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon writes beautifully on the need for immediate action on climate change in an op-ed for the Huffington Post.

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale hits it on the head

Now I have never really subscribed to the ideals of the Liberal Party of Canada.  I feel they watch out for Bay Street before Main Street.

That being said however, Wascana MP Ralph Goodale has always been one of my favourite Canadian MPs, and a recent op-ed on the Huffington Post is a good reason why.

He discusses the good things that were discussed at the meeting of Premiers in Prince Edward Island last week, and how the Prime Minister is the one standing in the way of an effective government.

If you want to read his piece, head on over to HuffPost Canada.

Liberals propose mandatory voting

Canada’s Liberal Party is floating an idea of mandatory voting in elections, in response to low voter turnout.

Here’s what happens with mandatory voting:

People who do not follow politics or the news will come into the voting booth and go eenee-menee-minee-moe. And when that happens we get people in public office that have no business being in politics.

Justin Trudeau has impressed me with some of his policies. If they go through with mandatory voting, he loses that respect.

I’m also curious where this story will put him in the polls. Forcing people to vote will just piss people off.

The Liberals will be getting input from rank and file members.  But let’s face it, if the big wigs in the party want this in the platform, it’s gonna be in the platform.

Read the whole story at HuffPost Canada.

Trudeau outshines Harper

In a new poll on the favourability numbers of Canada’s political leaders, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau was placed leaps and bounds ahead of the Prime Minister, and even that of Tom Mulcair.

I can’t say I’m at all surprised by these numbers.  Once the last election poll came out earlier this week showing that the Liberals were up, this poll almost seemed inevitable.

The one thing I am surprised by however is just how close Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair are.  More specifically, I’m surprised how high Tom Mulcair is.

It’s becoming more and more clear that there will likely be a new Canadian government next fall.  But with that being said, a week is a lifetime in politics.

You can read the whole story on the favourability poll at HuffPost Canada.

We need action and inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women

In a new op-ed for HuffPost Canada, Chelsea Vowel hits a strong note on this issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, calling for both action, and an inquiry.

There seems to be a consistent answer coming from the Prime Minister’s Office: An inquiry won’t tell us anything we don’t already know.

Vowel feels that there seems to be an ultimatum of sorts:  There can be an inquiry, or the money can be put in action plans, but not both.  She stresses that there is no reason that both don’t happen.

I’m inclined to agree with Ms. Vowel.  While action must be taken, there is no reason why an inquiry can’t be called.  An inquiry will hopefully shed light on new information that may not already be known.

There’s an old saying in business and politics.  If you’re dumb, surround yourself with smart people, and if you’re smart, surround yourself with smart people who disagree with you.  The Prime Minister is a smart man, but he is too hard headed to know when he is wrong, and no one in the PMO will tell him differently.

We need both action and an inquiry.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Mr. Prime Minister, call the damn inquiry.