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Trudeau debunks historic electoral reform - Dr P R Kalia

“In betraying electoral reform, it’s not just that Trudeau has broken his promise. At an ethical level, he has broken the hope and promise of reform, of moving from the sick old politics to new, positive and healthy public democratic values.  Canadians are ready for real democratic change.” Discarding his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections, on February 1 in a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Justin Trudeau made clear that electoral reform — once top of mind for the Liberal government — is no longer on the agenda. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate, & […]

By Dr P R Kalia |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Spread of the ‘Far Right’ is Worrying - Dr P R Kalia

Libertarian economic policies, aggressive and nostalgic ‘ethnic nationalism’, fascist designs of the populist politicians, a refugee wave, anti-globalisation and virtually absence of the ‘Left’ has been the face of present-day politics to the detriment of ‘have nots’. Approximately, since the dawn of 21st century we are witnessing an amazing amount of people willing to go with the ‘far-right parties.’ Rooted in conservative ideology they discard globalization, practice ‘ethnic nationalism’ and in collaboration with libertarian economic strategies are pushing for policies that include glamorizing the military; a strict law and order regime;flag-waving populism; anti-democratic instincts (less tolerance, anti-intellectualism); the smearing of opponents (to impugn critics of the military as being unpatriotic); […]

By Dr P R Kalia |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Intolerance and exclusion are the new rage in Modi’s India - Dr P R Kalia

Edmonton: “Tolerance appears to have little place in the thought process of RSS-BJP. Their core philosophy of strong communalism has no respect for the democratic, secular and inclusive fabric of our nation. Today is Gandhi Jayanti, and we know which organization was behind the murder of Gandhi ji. That organization represents a politics of arrogance, anger and divisiveness. The statements of their leaders, especially during the last two and half years of ‘Modi-raj’, clearly suggest that this is the direction they are taking. Their ideas seek to divide the country on communal lines, capture resources for a select-few and centralize decision-making by putting all power in the hands of one […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 19, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Canada: Wage hike in Alberta should be welcomed - Dr P R Kalia

Raising the minimum wage isn’t only an issue of fairness – there’s also a strong economic case for putting money back in people’s pockets. Low wages weigh down public services, raise the cost of social assistance and cut into government revenues through tax credits and other programs that top up low incomes. Though the NDP appeared torn between keeping its election promise and being flexible to meet changing circumstances, yet loyal to its own ideology, the government today, effective October 1, 2016, has raised Alberta’s general minimum wage from $11.20 to $12.20 per hour. The general minimum wage will apply to all employees. Minimum wage is the lowest amount that […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

2016 Presidential election: A Tale of Billionaires & Ballot Bandits - Dr P R Kalia

U.S. presidential race 2016 is going to be the most expensive in history, costing an estimated $10 billion, when all spending by candidates, the Democratic and Republican parties, other corporate lobbies and trade unions is tabulated. The statistics reveal that nearly 80% of the national wealth generated since 1973 has gone to the upper 2%. Still, we claim U.S. a democracy! The historic election of 2008 brought the U.S. its first black commander-in-chief. Now, on November 8, 2016, American voters could elect the first female president, or a billionaire businessman. What’s certain: Each candidate’s unique qualities are receiving intense scrutiny enabled by — and sometimes distorted by — billions of […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

16-year-olds want the vote! - Dr P R Kalia

Expand the vote to include ever more people. Lowering the voting age will provide 16-year-olds with a direct, constructive and democratic channel for making their views felt and for giving them a responsible stake in the future of the nation.It would further improve democracy. In 1958, Canadian High News, a newspaper distributed in high schools across the country, asked its readers a simple question: Do you think the voting age in Canada should be lowered from 21 to 18? It wasn’t even close. Of the 1,200 teenagers who responded to the survey, 71.6 per cent said no. Then, it took many more years before there was a change in law, […]

By Dr P R Kalia |October 4, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

16-year-olds want the vote! - Dr P R Kalia

Expand the vote to include ever more people. Lowering the voting age will provide 16-year-olds with a direct, constructive and democratic channel for making their views felt and for giving them a responsible stake in the future of the nation.It would further improve democracy. In 1958, Canadian High News, a newspaper distributed in high schools across the country, asked its readers a simple question: Do you think the voting age in Canada should be lowered from 21 to 18? It wasn’t even close. Of the 1,200 teenagers who responded to the survey, 71.6 per cent said no. Then, it took many more years before there was a change in law, […]

By Dr P R Kalia |September 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

People of Indian origin in Canadian Politics - Dr P R Kalia

History was made in Canada in the 42nd federal elections, held on 19 October, 2015. Of the 44 Indo-Canadian candidates, who contested from different political parties, 20 were elected to the Parliament, of which 17 belonged to the Punjabi community. Four of them are now cabinet ministers. The number exceeds the figure of those elected from Punjab for the Lok Sabha (13), in 2014, back in India. It was a big step forward for the country’s Indo-Canadian community. Today, they are a part of the decision-making process of the future of this country, which every immigrant community across the globe should emulate. Of the 20 elected, only three new members […]

By Dr P R Kalia |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Komagata Maru: Will an apology do? - Dr P R Kalia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in the Commons Wednesday, May 18, for 1914 decision by the Canadian government to turn away a boatload of Indians. The struggle against racial discrimination in Canada came to a head in the Komagata Maru incident in 1914. This tragic incident essentially remains a powerful symbol of the still ongoing struggle of the people against the spoils of Neo-Imperialist Corporatist Order that is currently subverting the world and seeking to control the destiny of humanity. 376 Indians who set out for Canada with dreams of starting a new life were denied the chance to ever set foot in their new homeland, in Vancouver in May […]

By Dr P R Kalia |July 1, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Trudeau undignified bullying, a sad moment - Dr P R Kalia

There was a visual shown countless times on TV and now online showing what Justin Trudeau did in the House of Commons on May 18. He grasps Tory House leader Gordon Brown by the arm and ushers him unceremoniously to his seat. Along the way, no doubt inadvertently, he clumsily elbows NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau aside. It would have been a graceless performance from any prime minister, though not a single one of Trudeau’s 22 predecessors is on record as having done anything remotely similar. There’s a thin line between “youthful” and “immature,” and Trudeau crossed it the moment he decided to rise from his seat to try to […]

By Dr P R Kalia |July 1, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment