Is the progressive political movement set to stall?

Five areas creating tension within the progressive movement must be resolved

Is the progressive political movement set to stall?Progressive politics is clearly on a roll in Canada. In fact, some pundits question whether it has run out of new places to go. The next few months in federal politics should be telling. New Democrats were just in Edmonton for their federal convention. The Liberals hold their national convention in Winnipeg in May. The…

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus

From economics to government's role to the environment, the Conservatives have a lot of work to do if they are to win the next election

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focusBy Michael Van Pelt and Ray Pennings Cardus It’s been four months since the Conservative Party was tossed from office. How many old wounds can there be left to lick, tempting as that indulgence is for partisans on the right and left? The reality is, Canadians chose to end the mandate of Stephen Harper’s government…

2015 election could have far reaching political consequences for Canada

The 2015 vote could lead to deep uncertainty about how we'll even choose our Parliament in the future

2015 election could have far reaching political consequences for CanadaElection campaigns are supposed to highlight differences. Stark differences provide alternatives that can inform voter choices. As the grind of this 11-week federal election campaign unfolds, the policy proposals and attempts by the parties to define themselves – and each other – create the narrative that will inform voters' final choices on Oct. 19. However,…

The emerging post-secular society

It's premature to declare the debates led by social conservatives over

The emerging post-secular societyCurrent wisdom has it that the age-old debate between order and freedom is essentially resolved. Champions of the former – so-called social conservatives and traditional religious believers – are said to be in retreat, even facing outright defeat. There is certainly no question religion has gone from a private good to a public bad. Thirty…

It’s time to talk about end of life

Most of us do not have the means of providing palliative care for our loved ones

It’s time to talk about end of lifeChoice now trumps life as Canada's political preference of, well, choice. For the first 149 years of our country’s existence, life had dignity and deserved the fullest protection of the law. But by this time next year, Parliament must codify the principle that the choice to take one's life is a greater good than life…