Blog Posts by Andy Radia

  • Federal byelection candidate gets online buzz with libertarian memes

    If elections were won based on creativity, then this guy would be the next MP for Fort McMurray - Athabasca.

    Libertarian candidate Tim Moen — who is running in a federal byelection which has yet to be called — is getting a lot of attention for his social media memes which explain libertarianism.

    Here's a sampling of some of them.

    The memes have now been featured on CNN, the Huffington Post and on Reason.com.

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    In an interview with Yahoo Canada News on Thursday, Moen talked about his platform.

    "A libertarian is someone who espouses the philosophies of classical liberalism -- the idea that a person owns himself and is a product of his or her labour and that people ought not initiate force against other people to try and get their way," he said.

    He continued, explaining how a libertarian government might tackle taxes.

    "We see taxes as an initiation of force because the end-product of not paying your taxes

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  • Pauline Marois refuses to take part in English-language debate

    That was fast.

    It's the first full day of the Quebec election campaign and we already have our first language controversy.

    While three of the major party leaders are open to the idea, CBC News is reporting that Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois is refusing to take part in a English-language debate.

    "It's a no," Marois said, according to CBC when asked about the 90-minute televised debate being proposed by a media consortium in Quebec.

    "I am able to speak in English and I think I improved my English, but I don’t think I will be very comfortable in a debate for explaining my specific point of view and I don’t think that will serve the Anglo Quebecers."

    [ Related: PQ, Liberals in tight race as Quebec election campaign gets underway ]

    Former Bloc Quebecois leader Gilles Duceppe says that Marois made the right decision.

    "We've never had an English debate in Quebec," Duceppe, who is now a political analyst in Quebec, told Yahoo Canada News.

    "I mean the common language in Quebec is

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  • Canada won't recognize Crimea referendum results, Harper says

    The Stephen Harper government has weighed in on the latest developments in Ukraine.

    On Thursday, as explained by the Canadian Press, lawmakers in Crimea — the southern region of Ukraine currently occupied by Russian troops — voted unanimously to split from Ukraine and join Russia.

    The 100-seat parliament in Crimea, which enjoys a degree of autonomy under current Ukrainian law, voted 78-0, with eight abstentions in favour joining Russia and for holding the referendum on March 16. Local voters also will be given the choice of deciding to remain part of Ukraine, but with enhanced local powers.

    "This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kyiv," said Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature. "We will decide our future ourselves."

    The March 16 referendum, however, will not be recognized by the international community.

    Ukraine's prime minister called the referendum illegal; United States President Barack Obama said that it violates the Ukrainian

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  • New book on Mike Duffy chronicles suspended senator's rise, fall

    Senator Mike DuffyRob Ford and Mike Duffy were probably the biggest political stories of 2013.

    While the Ford star continues to shine brightly, Duffy has seemingly fallen off the media's radar.

    Well, if you've missed him, this is the week to get your fix.

    Next week is the official launch of Nimbus Publishing's new book titled Duffy: From Stardom, to Senate to Scandal.

    Here's how the publisher describes it:

    "Mike Duffy made his name as a political reporter, and in the process became one of Prince Edward Island’s most famous exports. He cast himself as the ultimate insider, Parliament Hill’s man in the know. It made him a household name and one of the Canada’s best-paid journalists. But Duffy wanted to get even closer and lobbied his way into the Canadian Senate, with dire results. Veteran journalist Dan Leger tells the story of Duffy’s rise to the top in Canadian media, his entanglement with the Harper Conservatives, and the scandal that made him one of the most controversial figures in contemporary

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  • Political parties become shameless in attempts to get your emails

    Photo courtesy of Justin Trudeau's Twitter pageThe online world can be a little scary these days: As an Internet user, you need to be cognisant about what websites you visit, careful about downloads and alert to  where you're entering your credit card numbers.

    Well, now you've got to beware of Canada's political parties and their attempt to get you on their email lists, too.

    Last week, you'll recall, Justin Trudeau and his wife had a new baby boy named Hadrian. Well, as pointed out by the Toronto Star's Susan Delacourt, the Liberal Party is using the joyous occasion to build their contact lists.

    "I imagine many of you would appreciate a chance to welcome baby Hadrian and express your excitement and happiness for the family, so we wanted to give you the opportunity here," new party president Anna Gainey wrote on Liberal.ca.

    "Congratulate Sophie, Justin, Ella Grace and Xavier — add your name here and we’ll share it with the Trudeaus"

    Clearly, it's a ploy by the Liberals to get your email addresses on their 'outreach' database. To

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  • PQ, Liberals in tight race as Quebec election campaign gets underway

    Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard, PQ Leader Pauline Marois and François Legault, leader of the CAQ.

    It's official: On Wednesday morning, Quebec Premier Pauline Marois met with her province's Lieutenant-Governor to dissolve the National Assembly.

    Quebecers will cast their votes on April 7.

    Marois told reporters that after 18 months as a minority government, her Parti Quebecois needed a majority to move their agenda forward.

    "The Liberals and the [Coalition Avenir Quebec] are blocking the government’s plan. They said they would defeat the budget ... we need to stop this blockage by the opposition," she said in a brief statement, according to the Globe and Mail.

    "That is why I have taken the decision [to call an election] with my cabinet."

    [ Related: Let the games begin: Pauline Marois expected to call Quebec election for April 7 ]

    As of today, it doesn't look like the election will significantly change the make-up of Quebec's legislature.

    Using the most recent opinion polls, a polling analyst suggests that the race is a close one but that the Parti Quebecois are on track to win

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  • Employment Minister Jason Kenney (CP)

    The Harper government is looking to Europe, of all places, for some economic guidance.

    Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenney will lead a delegation to Germany next week to learn how that country is able to consistently buck the international crisis that is youth unemployment.

    According to a 2013 report by the International Labour Organization in Geneva, the unemployment rate for youth (age 15 to 24) in the developed world is at 18.1 per cent. If you include the discouragement rate — the rate at which young people just stop looking for work — the UE number jumps to a whopping 21 per cent.

    [ More Politics: Let the games begin: Pauline Marois expected to call Quebec election for April 7 ]

    Canada, unfortunately, is no exception — our youth unemployment rate is about 14 per cent. If you include youth up to age 30, there were approximately 904,000 Canadians not in employment, education or training in 2011.

    Germany, according to Kenney, has a starkly different system

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  • Premier Robert Ghiz offered Heather Moyse the Order of P.E.I. Friday night.

    When it comes to 'rules', there are generally two sorts of people out there: those that believe they're the centrepiece of an orderly society and those who think rules are meant to be broken.

    One would expect their elected officials to practice and preach the former, right?

    That's not the case, however, on Prince Edward Island where Premier Robert Ghiz is under fire for circumventing provincial legislation.

    According to reports, last Friday, Ghiz ignored protocol and announced that Olympian Heather Moyse would receive the Order of Price Edward Island. He made the announcement at a hometown event celebrating the Gold medalist bobsledder's heroics in Sochi.

    The move has angered Charles Curley, Chair of the Order of P.E.I. Advisory Council, who argues that the Premier cannot make such a unilateral decision.

    "There is a committee of nine people. We evaluate every nomination that is received based on their merit and then after that we make our selection," Curley said, according to the

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  • I have to admit that I'm a little giddy today.

    I'm sure my journalist, blogger and political junkie brethren across the country are as well.

    That's because media outlets are reporting that tomorrow Quebec Premier Pauline Marois is expected to drop the proverbial gauntlet and call a provincial election for April 7.

    Quebec elections aren't your typical kissing babies, 'no new taxes' style battles.

    If the 2012 campaign is any indication, we're in for a rock-em sock-em duel which will include racial attacks, secular debates, sovereignty chatter and language hysteria.

    [ Related: Is Quebec's values charter the PQ's ticket to a majority? ]

    You'll recall In the 2012 campaign, we saw one party leader — Francois Legault of the Coalition Avenir Quebec — actually compare Asian kids to Quebec kids.

    "If you have kids they'll tell you [the Asian students] are always first in class. One of my sons was telling me, 'Yes, but they have no life,"' Legault told reporters according to the Canadian Press.

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  • Members of the Mohawk community of Tyendinaga are making good on their promise to launch a series of blockades unless the Harper government called a national inquiry, into murdered and missing Aboriginal women, by the end of February.

    According to APTN News, the group has set up shop at "Shannonville Road just south of Hwy. 401...20 minutes east of Belleville, Ont. and close to Mohawk territory."

    Yahoo Canada News spoke to organizer Shawn Brant by phone on Monday afternoon.

    "We came in Sunday night. There was about 80 of us that set it up. We were sort of anticipating a confrontation with the police. They've been building up Friday and Saturday so we came in fairly strong to demonstrate that we had good support and good resolve by the men in our community," he said.

    "So we hit the lines hard last night and shut them down. Right now we're just in a holding pattern."

    Brant says that their location is ideal in that it runs close to both the CN Rail and CP Rail lines. He says he doesn't

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