Political Wrap Up of 2023

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12/31/20232 min read

2023 was a year of significant developments in Canadian politics. The year was marked by heated debates, policy changes, and the announcement of several MPs’ retirement. Here’s a more detailed look at the key events and trends that shaped Canadian politics in 2023.

Carbon Pricing Conflict

One of the most contentious issues in Canadian politics in 2023 was the conflict over carbon pricing. The amendments to the bill, which temporarily exempt propane used for drying grain, sparked a heated political conflict that is expected to continue well into 2024. The bill received support from the Conservatives, NDP, and Bloc Québécois, indicating a shift in the political landscape. This conflict over carbon pricing has brought the issue of climate change to the forefront of Canadian politics, with parties taking clear stances on the matter and the public becoming increasingly engaged in the debate.

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MPs Exiting Politics

Several MPs announced their intention not to seek another term in the next Canadian election, which isn’t set to take place until fall 2025. This announcement marked a significant change in the political landscape, with some longtime faces leaving Parliament Hill. The departure of these MPs will undoubtedly have an impact on the dynamics within their respective parties and could potentially lead to a shift in policy direction.

The Rise of the ‘Selfie’ Video

In 2023, the Conservative party, under the leadership of Pierre Poilievre, began using the ‘selfie’ video to reshape the Canadian political conversation. This innovative approach to political communication has allowed the party to reach a wider audience and engage with voters in a more personal way. However, this strategy was not without its pitfalls. Conservative MP Rachael Thomas had to apologize after asking Heritage Minister Pascale St-Onge to answer questions in English at a committee meeting, which many saw as an attempt to create a viral clip.

No Election in 2023

Despite the heated political posturing and election-style language used by federal political leaders, pundits predicted that it was unlikely Canadians would go to the polls in 2023. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was active during the six-week parliamentary break, making stops in Saskatoon, Windsor, Ont., and Trois-Rivieres, Que., to talk up his government’s accomplishments. Meanwhile, Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre toured Quebec in an attempt to boost his poll numbers in that province.

Looking Ahead to 2024

As we look ahead to 2024, it’s clear that the political landscape in Canada is set for more changes and challenges. The conflict over carbon pricing, the changing faces in Parliament, and the evolving strategies of political parties will all play a significant role in shaping Canadian politics in the coming year. The year 2024 promises to be another exciting year in Canadian politics, with the potential for new policies, new leaders, and new debates that will shape the future of the country.