Category Archives: Politics

Democratic candidates distancing themselves from Pres. Obama

Following the President’s speech on dealing with the terrorist group Islamic State, commonly referred to as ISIS, Democrats in tight Senate races, and even potential 2016 presidential hopefuls are putting some space between them and the Commander-in-Chief.

Alaska Sen. Mark Begich said he opposes arming Syrian rebels. “We must have greater assurance that we aren’t arming extremists who will eventually use the weapons against us,” he said.

I can’t say that I am at all surprised by this move.  President Obama came into office with the promise of pulling American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Now, he’s setting himself up for a potential open-ended conflict.

While yes, ISIS is a terrorist group that has killed innocent people, and they need to be dealt with.  The American people are not prepared by my estimations for another war in the Middle East.

Mr. President, if you’re going in, make sure you have a strategy to get out.

For the whole story on Democrats responses to ISIS, check out CNN.

With files from CNN

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Would you pay more for the CBC?

Canada’s public broadcaster came out Friday saying that they feel Canadians are willing to pay more for their service.

I’m all for the CBC.  I think they do great work covering news, sports, arts and culture.  From the Morning Edition on CBC Radio, all the way to The National on television.  Personally, I would be willing to pay more for the coverage.

That being said however, I feel many Canadians would not be in the same boat.  There has been many a person who has called the CBC nothing more than a waste of taxpayers dollars.

There are those who also feel that the Crown Corporation should not be in the news business, as they reported on their “bosses” on a regular basis.  Some have gone as far to say that the CBC’s reporting bias depends on the governing party of the day.

So all in all, I think Canada’s oldest network may have a fight on their hands, despite what they are telling regulators.

For more information on the CBC’s goals, head over to HuffPost Canada.

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.

Terrorists could come through Canada: John McCain

Arizona Senator John McCain is at it again.

Following President Obama’s address to the nation regarding the terrorist group ISIS, as is customary, all of the cable news channels have extensive insight and debate on what was in the speech, what was left out.  And everyone has their own ideas as to how to best solve the problem that is ISIS.

CNN had Senator McCain on to discuss the speech, and he told Anderson Cooper that terrorists could enter the country through their porous southern and northern borders.

It’s worth noting that the senior Senator from the great state of Arizona, and failed presidential candidate, is the same man who said in 2009, that the hijackers of 9/11 came through Canada.  Of course there has been no proof of that happening.

Could our borders be more secure?  Of course they could.  But Canadians should be insulted that Americans think that they are not smart enough to be able to catch a potential threat before it enters North America.

The words from John McCain, and many other conspiracy theorists are good for nothing except fear mongering and causing divisions between neighbours.

to read more about McCain’s comments, and to see the clip of his comment, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Canada has Dutch Disease: Bank of America

A new report out by Bank of America Merrill Lynch says that Canada’s oil and gas sector has caused a dutch disease in the country.

This idea of dutch disease is nothing new, and what it’s implying is that the oil industry has in fact driven up the value of the loonie to the point that it is hurting other export-reliant industries.

The term “dutch disease” has been a political trigger point in recent years, but it was shot down by the Bank of Canada, saying that the oil and gas industry should jump at the chance to expand.

There is no doubt that the oil and gas sector has had a positive effect on the Canadian economy, but there is no denying that it has had a negative impact on other areas of the economy as well.  But as long as the price of oil stays high, I don’t see things changing any time soon.  And I feel this report will fall on deaf ears, especially in western Canada.

To read the whole story on the Bank of America Merrill Lynch report, head over to HuffPost Canada.

Worst. Congress. Ever.

Here is what I don’t understand.  Polls show that many Americans feel that this is the worst Congress in their lifetimes.  But according to new polls conducted for CNN, Republicans are poised to take control of the Senate, making President Obama a lame duck.

Open your eyes people!  The reason this Congress is the worst ever, is because of the Republicans!  And if they don’t become veto proof, my money is on ABSOLUTELY NOTHING will get done in the next two years.

Read the whole story over at CNN.

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.