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Tasha Kheiriddin

One law for border-hoppers, another for everyone else?

Mar 20 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — What should Canada do about our Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States? Part of the U.S.-Canada Smart Border Action Plan, the agreement states that refugee claimants must request protection in the first ‘safe’ country in which they arrive, unless they qualify for an exception (for family members, unaccompanied minors, certain document holders, and […]

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Guess what Canada: we’re kinda racists, too

Mar 13 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Still think there is no Islamophobia in Canada? Think again. A new poll commissioned by CROP-Radio Canada examined Canadians’ attitudes towards different minority and immigrant groups, and found that despite priding ourselves on our tolerance and openness, it does not extend equally to all groups. When it came to integration into Canadian society, only 12 […]

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Leitch explained her values test. It makes less sense now.

Mar 7 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — In Europe, the United States and Canada, immigration is shaping up to be the hottest political issue of 2017. Across the pond, French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen is calling for the banning of all religious symbols, including Muslim headscarves, Jewish kippas and Sikh turbans. In the United States, President Donald Trump today issued his […]

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By ignoring border-hopping, Trudeau is asking for trouble

Feb 27 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — For most of its history, America has been a beacon to the world’s huddled masses, yearning to breathe free. It was the destination of choice for those seeking to escape strife and tyranny, to enjoy equality of opportunity and to make a better life for themselves and their families. Today, however, many among the huddled […]

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Time to let Bombardier crash and burn

Feb 10 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Sometimes you can’t make anyone happy. This week, Ottawa announced that it will provide Bombardier Inc. interest-free loans amounting to $372.5 million to prop up its jet business — the latest installment in a billion-dollar stream of federal disbursements to the company dating back to 1966. Still, the news hit like a lead balloon in […]

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Fake news or state news? It’s a false choice.

Feb 6 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — “Any negative polls are fake news.” That’s how Donald Trump reacted after CNN published a survey showing he now has the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president in polling history. Just weeks into his presidency, only 44 per cent of Americans said they approve of the job he has done — making him the […]

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Electoral reform was Trudeau’s failure — and he’ll wear it

Feb 1 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — t’s official: electoral reform is dead. In a mandate letter sent to Karina Gould, the newly-minted minister of Democratic Institutions, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote: “There has been tremendous work by the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, outreach by Members of Parliament by all parties, and engagement of 360,000 individuals in Canada […]

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Trump’s war on reality is just getting started

Jan 24 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Let’s talk about “alternative facts” for a moment — that migraine-inducing phrase senior Trump aide Kellyanne Conway coined to defend the performance (there really isn’t a better word) of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer at his first meeting with the Washington press corps after Trump was inaugurated last week. In the course of that […]

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So what the hell was Trudeau thinking?

Jan 16 2017 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Are you a prime minister looking to get away this winter? All those Google hangouts and holiday announcements making you feel overworked? Consider escaping to Bell Island in the Bahamas! Privacy, luxury and room for your friends and guests! Helicopter transport included! Cost: one investigation by the ethics commissioner, $500 in fines under the Conflict […]

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Conservatives, race and the chicken-and-egg question

Dec 19 2016 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Are Conservatives more biased than other Canadian voters? They are, apparently — at least according to a recent Forum research poll on attitudes towards minorities. The pollster asked 1,300 Canadians whether they had “favourable or unfavourable feelings” about a range of religious and racial groups, including Muslims, Jews, First Nations, South Asians and blacks. Respondents […]

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An overstuffed agenda and a steep learning curve: Trudeau in 2016

Dec 12 2016 — Tasha Kheiriddin — In a year-end press conference Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reflected on the highs and lows of governing the nation in 2016. For Trudeau, the lowest point was the killings of Canadian hostages John Ridsdel and Robert Hall, two businessmen who were kidnapped and murdered by the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group in the Philippines. “(It) […]

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Wave goodbye to electoral reform, people

Nov 28 2016 — Tasha Kheiriddin — Electoral reform, we hardly knew ye. As the fall session of Parliament slouches toward Christmas break, it appears that one of the Liberals’ more ambitious campaign promises — that the 2015 election would be the last held under the first-past-the-post voting system — is headed for the dustbin. This weekend, Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef […]