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Ebola: health crisis or governance crisis?

Sep 26 2014 — Don Lenihan — According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if immediate steps aren’t taken to contain the Ebola virus, by next January 1.4 million people in West Africa could be infected. Such a disaster should never be allowed to happen—but it might. So why aren’t governments doing whatever necessary to prevent it? Last week, New […]

Gerry Nicholls

The Trudeau Illusion

Sep 25 2014 — Gerry Nicholls — It was just a little sign, taped to a Liberal Party recruiting booth, but it immediately caught my attention. It read: “Enter to win a hat signed by Justin Trudeau.” “Why,” I wondered, “would anybody consider a hat signed by a politician to be a prize?” Then I remembered, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is no […]

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Scottish independence referendum: Canada reacts

Sep 24 2014 — Graham Fox — The reaction in Canada to the referendum in Scotland has been interesting to watch. Some have looked to the process as a model for us to follow should there ever be a third referendum in Quebec. Others have offered up the Canadian federation as a model for a future, federated United Kingdom. These arguments merit […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Why mandatory voting is a vote against (real) change

Sep 23 2014 — Don Lenihan — Greetings! I’m delighted to see you all here today. Thank you so much for coming out. I’m here because I believe our democracy is in trouble. Voter turnout is the most important indicator of citizens’ faith in the political system and the numbers are falling fast, especially among young people. We have to fix this. Some very sensible people think mandatory voting may be the answer. They say that youth need a gentle “nudge” to prod them out of their indifference and help them become responsible citizens.

Frances Russell

Stephen Harper’s Conservatives Champion Democracy for Ukraine – for Canada, Not So Much

Sep 19 2014 — Frances Russell — Canada’s House of Commons erupted in wave after wave of standing ovations as MPs feted newly-elected Ukrainian Prime Minister Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday. But similar enthusiasm for fundamental democratic principles at home is under increasing threat, from social activism to scientific research. Perhaps the longest and most complete muzzling of freedom of expression has befallen […]