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March 10th, 2011

Protecting Government Whistleblowers: Canada’s Integrity Commissioner

The Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner is responsible for investigating instances of wrongdoing as reported by public-sector whistleblowers. A recent Auditor-General's report found that, out of 228 complaints registered in the three years Christiane Ouimet headed the department, only seven were investigated, and five of those were dismissed. ...

Our Question: Should the position of Public Sector Integrity Commissioner, and other watchdog agencies, be more independent from Parliament?

Vote 9 Comments 102 Votes Official Position: Yes

March 7th, 2011

Attack Ads: Where to Draw the Line

Negative campaigning and attack ads, as much as we might like to believe otherwise, have long been a part of Canadian politics - although some would argue the tone has become increasingly vitriolic in recent years. On March 7, 2011, the Green Party of Canada launched its first attack ad - although in this case, the target of the attack is not another party, but is negative advertising itself. ...

Our Question: Should the Online Party of Canada pledge to NOT use attack ads in the future?

Vote 8 Comments 36 Votes Official Position: Yes

March 7th, 2011

Corporate Tax Rates in Canada (Updated)

Given that the upcoming federal budget is expected to include cuts to pension benefits and reductions to the size of the public service, perhaps it is time to revisit corporate tax rates as well. ...

Our Question: Should the government cut the federal corporate tax rate down to 15% by 2012?

Vote 16 Comments 131 Votes Official Position: Yes

March 3rd, 2011

Canadian Sanctions on Libyan Regime

As Libya moves toward civil war between protesters and Moammar Gadhafi's regime, Canada has joined other members of the United Nations in imposing sanctions on the North African country, including a freeze on assets held in Canada, an arms embargo, a cargo inspection system, and a travel ban. ...

Our Question: What should be Canada’s involvement, if any, in the Libyan uprising?

Vote 11 Comments 89 Votes

February 25th, 2011

Bridging the Digital Divide in Canada

The digital divide refers to the gap between those with access to digital and information technology (e.g. computers, mobile, Internet, etc.) and those with very limited or no access at all. While this divide is narrowing slowly in Canada, its effects are increasingly dire as the Internet becomes more essential to Canadians' lives. Without intervention, the digital divide may never be fully bridged. ...

Our Question: Should the federal government implement new measures to help bridge the digital divide in Canada?

Vote 16 Comments 85 Votes Official Position: Yes

February 24th, 2011

Federal Funding for Professional Sports Venues

The Conservative government surprised many when it did not categorically reject a proposal to help fund a new arena in Quebec City aimed at attracting an NHL franchise back to that municipality. Instead, the Prime Minister indicated that if federal backing were made available for this project, it would have to be for similar requests across the country as well. A recent poll suggests the Canadian public would not support such a move. ...

Our Question: Should federal funding be available for professional sports venues?

Vote 7 Comments 99 Votes Official Position: No

February 23rd, 2011

A New National Holiday in February

In five provinces (AB, SK, MB, ON & PEI), the third Monday in February is now a statutory holiday, following Alberta's lead. Designating a new national holiday in February is a suggestion that has gained steam in recent years, and there are a number of compelling arguments in favour of the idea. ...

Our Question: Should the third Monday in February be designated a national holiday?

Vote 5 Comments 91 Votes Official Position: Yes

February 20th, 2011

Government Action on Credit Card Interest Rates

Household debt in Canada reached a record $1.41-trillion in December 2010. Recent statistics put national credit card debt at $72 billion. Many Canadians are carrying balances of thousands of dollars and are making minuscule minimum payments to keep the debt at bay. Current credit card interest rates range between 9.99% and 29.9%. What if interest rates on credit cards were capped at, say, prime-plus-5%? ...

Our Question: Should the federal government mandate a reduction in credit card interest rates?

Vote 16 Comments 100 Votes Official Position: Yes

February 17th, 2011

Reforming the Patent Act: Patent Law in Canada

Patent law in Canada applies mostly to physical inventions and processes. There are incentives embodied in the patent system which are meant to promote innovation and encourage competition while bringing new products to market. However, some Canadians have argued - including members of the Pirate Party of Canada - that instead of fostering innovation as it was intended, the patent system creates monopolies on ideas and actually hinders innovation and the creation of new knowledge. ...

Our Question: Should it be a priority for Canada to reform its Patent Act?

Vote 16 Comments 79 Votes

February 8th, 2011

Bill C-30 (Updated) - Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

As the Internet becomes more focused on the social experience, users' personal privacy continues to dwindle. While some information is taken without Web surfers' knowledge, much is disclosed voluntarily with little regard to the consequences. There is some debate as to how much more the federal government can and should do to protect Canadians' privacy online. ...

Our Question: Should online privacy be absolute, and should the federal government dedicate more resources to protecting it?

Vote 6 Comments 90 Votes

February 3rd, 2011

Water Privatization and Export: NAFTA and the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement

As the home of 20% of the world's fresh water supplies, Canada has a partially-renewable resource at its disposal with a high monetary value on the world market. We have not taken part in any bulk exports as of yet, however international pressure to do so will continue to mount as other countries' water systems are taxed by overuse and climate change. Water exporting is an element of both NAFTA and the under-negotiation Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. ...

Our Question: Should the federal government propose legislation preventing or restricting the export of fresh water from any province?

Vote 12 Comments 81 Votes Official Position: Yes

February 1st, 2011

Open Data: Private Members' Motion M-587, the Liberal Open Government Initiative, and the Open Government Resolution

Open data refers to the capacity of Canadian governments to make taxpayer-funded raw data collected through the process of governing available to the public at no charge; unlike the United States and Britain, we have no formal policy to do so. The controversial actions of Wikileaks disclosing classified government documents in recent months has brought new interest in this issue, although the information sought after by data journalists tends to be less salacious. The Access to Information and Privacy Commissioners issued an Open Government Resolution in May, 2010 calling for governments at all levels to endorse open data; five months later the NDP put forward Private Members' Motion M-587, moving for open access to government information, and the Liberals released part of their platform titled the Liberal Open Government Initiative. This week, a parliamentary committee that has been studying our country's open-data strategy since April will resume its work, and is expected to release a recommended strategy in the coming months. ...

Our Question: Should the federal government make the creation of an open data strategy and the accompanying standards a high priority?

Vote 9 Comments 70 Votes Official Position: Yes

January 9th, 2011

Criminal Justice

The topic of law and order in Canada is a political hot button, an emotional issue about which many feel passionately. The current Conservative government has made a great deal of hay with its "Tough on Crime" agenda, advocating mandatory minimum sentences for a number of offences and the building of more prisons in which to house those convicted. They have passed or are trying to pass laws named to stoke the fires of populist sentiment: the Truth in Sentencing Act, the Tackling Violent Crime Act, the Serious Time for the Most Serious Crime Act. ...

Our Question: Should the Canadian government aggressively pursue 'tough on crime' legislation?

Vote 9 Comments 40 Votes

January 4th, 2011

Census 2011: Using a National Registry-Based System instead of Questionnaires

2011 is a Census year in Canada. However, this one might be drastically different than previous censuses. On June 26th 2010, the Government of Canada announced that it will be replacing the mandatory Census long-form questionnaire with a new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS) in 2011. ...

Our Question: Starting in 2011, should Canadian

Vote 25 Comments 61 Votes Official Position: Yes

December 23rd, 2010

Pension Reform

Canada's much-lauded pension system is a multi-program, multi-tier entity consisting of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS), workplace pensions, and RRSPs. Despite its earned status as one of the world's most successful pension systems, more than 200,000 seniors currently live in poverty. Reform of Canada's pension system, specifically CPP, has been discussed for years, with a number of issues prompting calls for reform. ...

Our Question: Should it be a high priority for the federal government to work with the provinces reforming Canada's pension system?

Vote 2 Comments 25 Votes Official Position: Yes
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OPC Administrative: Tolerance Margin

Our Question: What should the Tolerance Margin be?

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OPC's Political Manifesto: Wake up Canada!

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June 12th, 2012
What do we stand for? - Our Platform

June 28th, 2011
OPC Discussion Board

March 30th, 2015
Party for Accountability, Competency and Transparency - Political Platform

Our Question: Do you support the PACT For CANADA?

September 26th, 2010
Lobbying - an ethical dilemma (Updated)

Our Question: Should Lobbying continue to be allowed?

August 30th, 2010
Labour Unions in the Public Sector (Updated)

Our Question: Should Unions be eliminated from Governmental organizations?

March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 35095 - Trinity--Spadina, ON

Our Question: Please vote for one of the eligible candidate(s):

March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 48020 - Macleod, AB

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March 25th, 2014
OPC Candidate - Electoral District 48001 - Fort McMurray--Athabasca, AB

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May 14th, 2012
Public Influence on Federal Budgeting

Our Question: Should Canadians be able to directly influence federal spending in the budget?

June 27th, 2011
Should Canada Post be Considered an 'Essential Service'? (Updated)

Our Question: Should Canada Post be declared an essential service (strike ban)?

October 28th, 2010
National Debt: A Crisis in the Making? (Updated)

Our Question: Should national debt be a priority for the Canadian government?

October 25th, 2010
How do I sign up?

September 15th, 2010
Canadian participation in the War in Afghanistan

Our Question: Should Canada end their participation in the war in Afghanistan now?

June 13th, 2010
Legalizing Marijuana in Canada

Our Question: Should the use of marijuana be legalized in Canada?

Past Issues:

December 23rd, 2010
Cross-border Shopping

Our Question: Should the cross-border shopping be made easier and less expensive?

December 9th, 2010
Airport Security

Our Question: Have Canadian authorities gone too far in an effort to make air travel safe?

December 4th, 2010
Should Remembrance Day be a Statutory Holiday Across Canada? (Updated)

Our Question: Should the federal government mandate that Remembrance Day be a national statutory holiday?

December 1st, 2010
Moratorium on shale gas extraction in Canada / Moratoire sur l'exploitation des gaz de schiste au Canada ***UPDATED JAN. 27th, 2011***

Our Question: Would you support a temporary moratorium on shale gas extraction in Canada?

November 18th, 2010
Transparent Government Budgeting and Expenditures Reporting

Our Question: What measures should be taken to increase transparency in budgeting procedures and expenditures?

November 18th, 2010
Bill C-311 (Updated) - Action on Climate Change

Our Question: Should the Canadian government re-introduce a bill similar to Bill C-311, taking aggressive action on climate change?

November 9th, 2010
Mandatory Retirement for Elected Officials

Our Question: Should there be mandatory retirement age for elected officials?

November 9th, 2010
Consumption of hard drugs among minors

Our Question: What should the federal government do about hard drug use among youth?

November 6th, 2010
Free Public Transit

Our Question: Should the government explore making transit service free in urban centres?

November 6th, 2010
Tax Simplification and Fairness (lower rates for low income brackets)

Our Question: Should Canada use a flat tax system and lower rates for lower income brackets?

November 4th, 2010
Bill C-11 (Updated) - Canadian Copyright Act

Our Question: Should the Copyright Modernization Act be amended to allow consumers to break digital locks when doing so is necessary to lawfully use content?

November 4th, 2010
Getting rid of the penny (Updated)

Our Question: Should the Canadian Government get rid of the penny?

November 4th, 2010
Sunday Shopping in Canada

Our Question: Should the Federal government ban Sunday shopping across Canada?

November 3rd, 2010
A Step Closer to a National Day Care Program

Our Question: Should the Federal government adopt a National Daycare program similar to Quebec’s?

October 31st, 2010
Implement a Canada-wide Carbon Tax (Updated)

Our Question: Should the Canadian government implement a nation-wide carbon tax similar to B.C.’s?

October 31st, 2010
Preserving biodiversity, curbing extinctions

Our Question: Should Canada take an aggressive and active role in fighting for the preservation of biodiversity?

October 29th, 2010
Climate Change - Is it Time for a Real Change

Our Question: Does the Canadian government need to step in and do what is required to truly address the real issue of climate change?

October 29th, 2010
Long-form census questionnaire: keep it or scrap it?

Our Question: Should Statistics Canada keep the mandatory long-form questionnaire?

October 28th, 2010
National Debt: A Crisis in the Making? (Updated)

Our Question: Should national debt be a priority for the Canadian government?

October 27th, 2010
Poverty in Canada (Updated)

Our Question: Should the Canadian Government do more to decrease poverty rates in Canada?

October 26th, 2010
Four Day Work Weeks (Updated)

Our Question: Do you agree with the concept of a four day work week?

October 25th, 2010
How do I sign up?
October 25th, 2010
Banning the captivity and trade of whales and dolphins

Our Question: Should the Canadian government ban the keeping in captivity of cetaceans (whales and dolphins)?

October 24th, 2010
Canada's dirty secret: Asbestos export

Our Question: Should the Canadian government ban the mining and exporting of all forms of asbestos?

October 23rd, 2010
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