Federal Politics

Indigenous Origins in the "Americas"

The two main arguments centre around: Indigenous people have always been here since time immorial or that they came from Asia across a land or ice bridge.

By I have never heard anyone make the argument that some Indigenous people came here by boat!

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/4/e1501385.full

Here's the abstract:

The absence of ‘anyone else’ may save Mulcair his job

As recently as seven months ago, he was riding high. The New Democratic Party was leading in the polls and Mulcair was poised to replace Stephen Harper as prime minister. Now he is fighting to keep his job as leader of the third party, while the NDP, the perennial bridesmaid of national politics, heads to convention in Edmonton in three weeks' time.

Byelection loss sinks Wynne’s plan to gain some momentum

The outcome of last week’s byelection in the provincial riding of Whitby-Oshawa delivers at least three warnings for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario’s Liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne.

The byelection was called to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of the popular Progressive Conservative MPP Christine Elliott, widow of former federal finance minister Jim Flaherty. Elliott quit after she was defeated for the Ontario PC leadership by Patrick Brown, a right-wing Conservative member of Parliament.

Policy is only part of the Tory problem

"I think we need to talk about the things we stand for, not so much the things we stand against."

— Rona Ambrose, interim federal Conservative leader

Ambrose is no dummy. She knows the Conservative party faces an identity crisis. She knows the party will not regain power simply by opposing most everything on the agenda of the Trudeau Liberals.

Nations of Middle East must do more to help their region

As U.S. President Barack Obama enters the final year of his presidency his popular support level has slipped below the 50 per cent mark overall, but in the area of foreign policy it is significantly lower, and has regularly registered below 40 per cent in public approval for some months.

Much of the problem seems to stem from international events and the ubiquity of terrorism pursued by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), among others, that do not comport with the kind of world that the president aspires to.