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Future of Politics in Canada

People have been debating the future of politics in Canada ever since the 41st Parliament was elected, and there still is a yet to be a general consensus on where this future is added, who is going to do the influencing, and when all of this major change is going to happen.
However, that cannot stop anyone from trying to determine or understand where the future of politics in Canada is headed, though we are certainly going to do everything we can to shine a light on the rapid changes that face is this great country in North America.
Let’s dive right in.

Where is the future of politics in Canada headed?

Before we begin to illustrate where the future of politics in Canada is headed, it’s helpful to take a quick look at the neighbor to the south and what kind of impact the major elections of 2008 (and to a lesser degree, 2012) will have on the shape of politics in Canada moving forward.
In the United States, 2008 represented a watershed moment in the future of the US government and how elections were to be one and who had a voice in the government – even though some of that luster has worn off in a second term of Barack Obama.
Young people were encouraged to get out and vote, social media and a very personable president or stacked up against traditional media and a party represented by a late 60 something-year-old man that could not connect with the younger generation – a boxing match that wasn’t all that dissimilar to the John F. Kennedy/Richard Nixon battle and that played out on TV for the first time ever in the mid-1960s.
The future of politics in Canada definitely is beginning to become influenced by the 2008 campaign, as more and more major politicians embrace social media, new marketing and advertising avenues, and look to establish a connection with the use of Canada and their impact on the government.

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Who is going to influence the future of politics in Canada?

It’s not hard to understand that the youth of Canada are going to have an almost overwhelming influence on the future of politics in Canada, even though they still vote less frequently (or turnout in lower numbers) and those in other brackets.
The liberal party in Canada used to have an iron fist like grip on the government for most of the 20th century, and though conservatives have one back more of that power in recent years the party that can play to of the youth of Canada more successfully are going to enjoy power and influence in the decades to come.
Obviously, the Internet and other technology has completely changed and shaped the way that people receive news, communicate with their representatives, and even how they perceive their lives in Canada (and the world in general) and its of critical importance that future politicians embrace all of these advanced technologies just as quickly as they can.

When is all of this change going to happen?

As with everything else, the future of politics in Canada is being shaped, molded, and influenced today – right now, this very moment – and it’s going to continue to be shaped every single moment of every single day from here on out.
With the rate of technology advancing at an almost breakneck pace, so many different crisis points, threats, and security issues to contend with, and more social unrest than ever before – not to mention a global financial crunch that is still trying to find its legs to recovery – and there is a very mixed bag of things for Canadian politicians to handle.
The only way to have any success whatsoever in the future of politics in Canada is to listen to the youth of our great nation, to appreciate, understand, and embrace the wisdom and experience of older generations as well, and to figure out how to plot a course for success in this new globalized world that we are only beginning to understand right now.
The rate of change is too great and the price for inactivity too large for the future of politics in Canada to be more of the same.

Political Scandals of Canada

Like all governments around the globe, Canada has had a bit of a checkered past – even though it enjoys a reputation and perception in the global community as one of the better places to live around the world. Politicians however, as we see all too often today, are fallible people and some of them definitely have a few shortcomings as far as moral and ethical guidelines are concerned.
Here are just some of the bigger political scandals of Canada and the impact that they had on this great nation.

The Pacific Scandal

Though there aren’t any surviving members of the Canadian citizenry to tell us the impact that the Pacific Scandal had in 1873, the sheer magnitude of the scandal makes it one of the most memorable of the Canadian governments past.
According to documents and research, in 1872 Sir John A Macdonald (and other conservative government members) accepted $350,000 – not adjusted for modern day inflation – in campaign donations from Sir Hugh Allan in exchange for government contracts to build the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Even though the Prime Minister protested that the donations and the awarding of the contracts had absolutely nothing to do with one another and were to completely unrelated events, a telegram sent six days before no election stating “I must have another $10,000. Will be the last time of calling. Do not fail me. Answer today” would tend to point in a different direction.

Pacific Scandal

The Hospital Document Scandal

Fast forwarding quite a bit, in January 1978 Solicitor Gen. Francis Fox was involved in quite a scandal that left the Liberal government shocked right to its core. Having little whatsoever to do with a government funds and no violation of his post, Francis Fox was found guilty of assisting a woman he had nothing with receive any illegal abortion – even going so far as to sign the woman’s husband’s name on a hospital document, committing forgery.
Two years later he was back in the cabinet, until he lost the 1984 election.

The APEC Scandal

In 1997, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police ended up pepper spraying protesters that lined the travel route of world leaders looking to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference in Vancouver. The prime minister at the time (a liberal named Jean Chretien) made light of the matter, commenting that he used pepper on his plates – inferring that it was no big deal whatsoever.
Four years later, a retired Saskatchewan judge found that the Royal Mounties had acted inappropriately, and that the Prime Minister was responsible for issuing orders then led to the unnecessary and unprovoked attack.

The Billion-dollar Scandal

In 2000, Human Resources Development Minister Jane Stewart found herself in some very real and serious trouble after the government was unable to account for nearly $1 billion that was supposed to be spent on job creation and educational projects. 12 different audits were carried out by the RCMP, and even though Stewart faced an onslaught of questioning for months and months by the House of Comments she was able to retain her position – but decided not to run for reelection in 2004.

Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

This brings us all the way up to the modern day and the almost unbelievable (but shockingly true) story that continues to unfold on a daily basis surrounding Toronto’s mayor Rob Ford.
Whether it’s his admission of smoking crack (while in office), his in appropriate comments to reporters about the activities that he conducts in his bedroom with his wife, or any of the other almost too unimaginable to believe comments that he makes on a regular basis, Rob Ford is a walking scandal in the Canadian government.
Some compare him to the Charlie Sheen of Canada, which is not exactly the highest form of praise in any way, shape, or manner.
So there you have it. These are some of the most shocking political scandals of Canada, and there sure not to be the last. Canada has earned its reputation as a beautiful place to live, a beautiful place to work, and a beautiful place to be born in – but it certainly has its fair share of a dark underbelly. Just ask Mayor Rob Ford.

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Breaking down the major political parties of Canada

Canada has a long and storied history of political parties helping to shape and mold the fortunes and the future of this great North American country. Unlike many other democracies around the globe, Canada has a number of popular federal parties – at least six at last count – as opposed to other democratic countries like the United States where (even though other parties exist) only to are really relevant on a federal level.
To better understand the different political parties of Canada, this quick guide has been assembled so that you understand where they stand on critical platforms that are of interest to you.
Let’s dive right in!

Conservative party

The Conservative party of Canada has historically been one of the most influential parties of the six major federal Conservative Party Logopolitical parties across the nation. With a very strong conservative streak (surprise, surprise) the Conservative party of Canada is focused on financial and fiscal responsibility, correcting the credit crunch that has been impacting Canada (the rest of the globe) ever since the mid-2000s, and embracing the market economy and all it has to offer.

Liberal party

The Liberal party of Canada has also been one of the more influential parties in all of Canada’s history, and stands in direct contrast to the Conservative party. Focusing in mostly on social liberalism, equality of rights for all, moderate politics and a mixed economy (with their views on the financial and credit crisis differing from their Conservative brethren), they governed Canada for most of the 20th century but have started to fall a little bit out of favor in the last few elections.

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Canadian Action Party

One of the more modern political parties to explode onto the scene in the Canadian government (and being established in 1997), the Canadian Action party focuses on Canadian nationalism, and anti-globalization slant, and favors a very strict overhauls and an almost “reset” of the financial and credit world as far as Canada is concerned. For example, they favor the Bank of Canada (as opposed to chartered banks) providing loans to the government and they also oppose (and hope for a dissolution of) the North American Free Trade agreement.

Bloc Québecois

Mostly interest in the affairs of Québec above all else, this Canadian federal party definitely leans towards left-wing nationalism, separatism from the rest of the Canadian government, and challenges the government regularly for Québec sovereignty. A defection of the progressive conservative party and Liberal party, they currently hold four of the 308 seats in the House of Comments (and only collect representatives that are from Québec).Bloc Quebecois Logo

New Democratic party

The New Democratic Party (frequently abbreviated as NDP) of Canada was established in 1961, and focuses on social democracy and a liberal slant towards financial and credit issues. Promoting human rights and civil liberties, expanding public health care, and raising the minimum wage across Canada (all while focusing on poverty issues, social issues, and other major issues confronting Canada right now), they currently hold 99 seats of 308 in the House of Commons and have become one of the more influential parties throughout Canada.NDP Logo

Green party

The Green party of Canada was founded in 1983, and has been led by Elizabeth May ever since 2006 – two short years after it first broke 1% of the popular vote and a federal election. Swinging between 3.1% and 14% of the popular vote ever since that 2006 election, they currently hold two seats in the House of Comments of the 308 that are available. Identifying themselves as a center/left government party, their views on most social, financial, and credit issues (as well as issues of nationalism, civil rights, taxation, and many others) lean farther left than anything else. Focusing mostly on issues that have to do with the environment, nonviolence, and social justice, they have started to gain a head of steam in the last decade or so.Green Party Logo
That’s a quick breakdown of the major Canadian political parties and how they represent the different factions and ideologies that make up the Canadian government today. Obviously, this surface level breakdown is nowhere near enough information to assist you in deciding which of these major parties to support in any upcoming elections – so do all of the research and due diligence you need to determine where you stand on specific issues.