By Robin V. Sears Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 If you are reading this in the Star online, sitting at home in London, L.A. or Hong Kong, you may not know that you can help choose Canada’s next government. It’s not your fault if you did not know. It has been very poorly communicated to the nearly three million Canadians who live abroad. The Harper government tried to end the right of Canadians, even temporarily abroad, to vote. The Supreme Court overruled it. Elections Canada, perhaps nervous about the partisan heat around the issue, did virtually nothing to let Canadians abroad know they could vote in 2015. Not surprisingly, only 11,000 did. Less excusable is that they now expect that number to rise to only 30,000 this year. Less than 1.2 per cent of eligible voters! This is unacceptable. If you are an expat Swiss, Australian or Italian, your government goes to great lengths to let you know your right to vote, provides you with registration information, sends … [Read more...] about Political parties are wise to court expat voters
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By Alex Ballingall Ottawa Bureau Tues., May 7, 2019 OTTAWA—Elizabeth May’s new husband is suiting for the coming federal election, in which he will run for the Green Party in British Columbia. John Kidder, who married the Green leader on Earth Day last month, said he hopes he can build on Monday’s breakthrough byelection victory on Vancouver Island, where local candidate Paul Manly became just the second Green candidate ever elected to the House of Commons. “I am indeed running in Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, which includes my home in Ashcroft,” Kidder told the Star by email Tuesday, referring to the sprawling B.C. riding that he will try to wrest from the Liberals in the federal election on Oct. 21. Green Party spokesperson Rosie Emery confirmed Kidder has already clinched the nomination in the riding, which is currently held by Liberal MP Jati Sidhu. “We’re going to establish the beachhead for the Green Party on … [Read more...] about Elizabeth May’s new husband to run for the Green Party in B.C.
By Jeremy Nuttall Star Vancouver Tues., April 30, 2019 VANCOUVER—Standing at the counter of a coffee shop in Vancouver’s Commercial-Broadway Skytrain station, underneath a little Canadian flag, the leaders of the resistance bicker over who gets the honour of paying for their drinks. Louis Huang ends the standoff by shoving $5 into Gao Bingchen’s pocket and walking to their seats. They have bigger conflicts to discuss. Huang and Gao, both originally from Mainland China, are the founders of the 60-member Alliance Guard of Canadian Values. Since 2009, they’ve been trying to get Canadian governments to “be aware, really aware about the influence of the Chinese communist government in Canada,” Huang said. Gao doesn’t speak much English, so Huang does the talking. Gao sits quietly next to him, checking his phone and waiting for brief translations of what is being said. Huang says the Canadian political class just … [Read more...] about This is the resistance to China’s influence in Canada, and this is their moment
By Star Editorial Board Mon., April 29, 2019 When it comes to holding social media giants like Facebook to account, Canada’s privacy laws are a bad joke. The federal privacy commissioner, Daniel Therrien, admitted as much last week. He and his counterpart in British Columbia, Michael McEvoy, issued a stern rebuke to Facebook for violating the privacy of about 620,000 Canadians — and then pretty much acknowledged that they’re impotent to do anything about it. Facebook refuses to accept it did anything wrong when it let a third-party app harvest Canadians’ personal information, exposing it to potential misuse by Cambridge Analytica, the consulting company at the centre of attempts to influence political campaigns in Britain and the United States. Facebook rejects the commissioners’ recommendations on fixing the problem. It even disputes that they have jurisdiction over its activities. It’s basically telling them to pound sand. But … [Read more...] about Facebook is laughing at Canada’s toothless privacy laws
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?