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How should emerging forms of media be treated by governments?

On Tuesday, Rachel Notley and the Alberta NDP caused a media frenzy when they banned correspondents from The Rebel, a website run by former Sun News correspondent and pundit Ezra Levant.

On Wednesday, the Alberta NDP reversed its decision and announced it will not ban any media outlet while a review of its policies are underway.

The situation has caused considerable discussion about censorship, free speech and Canadian media, specifically traditional versus new media and the role of government since this practice is commonplace across all levels of government.

How should emerging forms of media be treated by governments?

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How should the NDP move forward after the 2015 election?

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair has released a letter taking full responsibility for the party's dismal 2015 election results. He expressed the desire to remain leader of the NDP and assured supporters he would not make the same mistakes of the 2015 election campaign.

Many have been critical of the leader, but also the party in general saying it needs to renew its strategy and priorities in order to differentiate itself from the Liberals and represent Canada's Left.

How should the NDP move forward after the 2015 election?

 

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Do you think Trudeau is backing away from his election promise to First Nations?

Justin Trudeau was very vocal during his 2015 federal election campaign that his government was committed to a renewed relationship with Canada's First Nations.

Trudeau also promised that First Nations would have "veto power" over natural resource projects on their lands.

At a recent press conference in Alberta, when asked if a "First Nation's 'no'" on the proposed Energy East and Trans Mountain pipelines meant a no from Canada, Trudeau ambigously responded he respected  inherent and treaty rights, as reported by APTN.

Do you think Trudeau is backing away from his election promise to First Nations?

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What do you think about the Liberals' interim review process for pipelines?

The Liberal government announced that it will be launching an interim review process for pipeline projects, which will impose new steps on existing projects like the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Energy East pipelines.

On Wednesday, five principles of the new environmental assessment process were released, including "decisions will be based on science, traditional knowledge of Indigenous peoples and other relevant evidence" and "the views of the public and affected communities will be sought and considered."

What do you think about the Liberals' interim review process for pipelines?

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What should be Trudeau's most immediate action in Parliament next week?

Justin Trudeau has an ambitious plan for his government and has been vocal about sticking to it.

With Parliament starting up again next week, what should be his most immediate action?

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What do you think of the Liberals' plan to revamp national security?

The Liberal government has announced it is open to an expansive revamp of national security legislation, which includes its promise to repeal the "problematic elements" of anti-terror legislation Bill C-51.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has also said that there will be a consultation with Canadians about the bill, which he and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will work on together.

What do you think of the Liberals' plan to revamp national security?

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Do you think Tom Mulcair should remain the leader of the NDP?

In the 2015 federal election the NDP led by Tom Mulcair were sent to third-party status with only 44 seats in Parliament.

After what many felt was a crushing blow to the party, calls for Mulcair's resignation began to circulate, most notably from Ontario MPP Cheri DiNovo.

Do you think Tom Mulcair should remain leader of the NDP?

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What do you predict will be the biggest progressive issues in 2016?

I think it is safe to say that 2015 felt like a really long year, mostly due to the seemingly never-ending federal election. But that election campaign did eventually end, and we're almost into 2016.

Trudeau's actions so far this year have been well-covered refugee welcomes, a promise to take up all 94 of the TRC's calls to action, and a number of progressive moves. 

But that doesn't mean our work is done.

What do you think are going to be the big issues for progressives in 2016?

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What do you think of the Liberals' plan for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women?

On Tuesday Dec. 8, the Liberals launched the first of two phases in their highly awaited plan for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

The first step will include having the ministers meet with the families to receive input "on the design of the inquiry and what it needs to achieve."

The second step will be the actual inquiry, which is tentatively planned for spring 2016.

What do you think of the Liberals' plan for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women?

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What do you think about the Liberals' new Senate appointment process?

The Liberals have announced their plan to change the Senate appointment process. It includes a five-person independent advisory board that will make recommendations for merit-based candidates.

The plan has already drawn criticism from some people noting it does not address the actual problems with the Senate.

What do you think about the Liberals' new Senate appointment process?

 

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