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Stories by Erica Ifill

The political mastery of Singh’s dramatic House stand

Opinion|By Erica Ifill
We’ve never had any leader treat our needs with that level of respect, much less risk their reputation for us. And there’s not enough Budget 2020 money that can overcome that impression. 
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Instead of expanding our horizons to rethink how we define safety, criminality, and the purpose of policing, what we’re getting are half-baked plans from yesteryear masquerading as change.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unless Trudeau plans to be out on these streets, fighting against police brutality or in cabinet drafting legislation to curb police powers, his, and all the other white voices of his ilk, have no merit here.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Recovery without effective, equitable child care may result in a shrinking of the workforce, as more and more women may choose to opt out entirely because the burden is too great.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The same untethered rage that the Republicans showed Barack Obama during his presidency is the same unhinged hatred Conservatives have for Justin Trudeau—and right now it isn't helping their cause.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
This pandemic is not just a mere inconvenience, it’s literally life and death, yet we have politicians gaslighting us into believing otherwise.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The lack of humanity in the response and rhetoric surrounding COVID-19 is evident as leaders flounder trying to express why millions should be kicked off the Canada Emergency Response Benefit in the middle of a pandemic.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canada has a white, male, domestic terrorism problem that is now a national security problem. Let’s hope they don’t turn this country into the Republic of Gilead.
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Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Some lives are expendable for a bottom line and a lifetime of imprisonment by the state. Funny how that works along racial lines.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Unfortunately for market sycophants, the market is about to collapse and the only thing saving us is government. But after decades of cuts, government infrastructure has been hollowed out.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The employment insurance program can barely function when we need it most because politicians stole from workers to make their books look balanced. Indeed, as is the custom of the first of April, we were fooled.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
If we really want to push feminist policies, alleviate intersectional barriers, and achieve equity, then we’ll have to get our hands dirty, challenge power, and revolt.35
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
If police use of facial recognition technology continues to spread, what we will create is structural discrimination with ramifications that fall on racial fault lines. If you think Canada is divided now, just wait.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Within a week, the prime minister had gone from seeking patience to speaking to Indigenous people like the father you disappointed by cutting class.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Canada has not been good to Africa and goes to the continent with either its hands out, or its fingers waving, as Trudeau has been wont to do with African countries.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
From finding the right lunch table in the high school we call Canada, to the rare gift of knowing oneself, there’s a lot to reflect on in a decade of political growth.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The Conservative Party chose to go full Tea Party and are now brandishing their machetes for Andrew Scheer in a bloodletting that would make make Brutus envious.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Justin Trudeau’s apology tour was a ruse to get Black votes, only to mostly shut Black people out of important decision-making positions.
Feminists are basically ‘OK, Boomer’-ing the Liberals when they say they’re being feminists, because they don’t really have any idea of what it means to be a feminist in 2019.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Take any time an internet giant is brought before a Congressional or parliamentary committee: the questions are inane and often fail to get to the crux of why the company is making an appearance.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Two and a half weeks after the 2019 election and we can’t stop talking about these white men, the threat of #Wexit, and equalization.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
Despite any positive outcomes, we’re stuck with the same-old prime minster, who uses the same-old parlour tricks to get us to vote for him.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
What strategic voting will result in is a U.S.-style, two-party system, where the Liberals and Conservatives benefit from gaslighting Canadians into voting for them.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
What we see in the Atwater Market incident is a greater concern for white comfort and forgiveness than for Jagmeet Singh and candidates and Canadians like him.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
What the future of work means for human resources strategies, pay and benefits, and labour protections are all consequences that we should be talking about—but aren't.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
What we need now is a closer look at what it means when elected officials engage in racist actions, and what bearing it has on how they govern.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
From the so-called front-runners, there is no grand design, there are no bold ideas, there are no breakout candidates. What’s so important about this election is what we’re not talking about.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
Without sharp, critical coverage of the leaders and their campaigns—including having real access to them—Canadians don’t have a shot of being properly informed, or being motivated to vote at all.
Opinion|By Erica Ifill
The implementation of Bill 21 is a lawful attempt to create a permanent minority underclass whose disenfranchisement begins economically, but will continue into the political realm.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
We need to envision and support a new way of doing electoral politics, and we need to give space and support for leaders from Black, Indigenous, and racialized communities to lead us there.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
Hollow catchphrases and platitudes are not enough. Anti-racism efforts are a substantive issue that merit the same rigorous and nuanced debate and diligence as any other crisis facing our country.
Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
If the Greens are truly looking to make inroads, they should not be soliciting tired advice from politicos of yesteryear.

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