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Why Canada should embrace a coalition-style ‘fellowship of parties’

Oct 16 2019 — Ajay Parasram — Bloc Québecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh of the NDP could all play roles if Canada opts for a coalition government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes/Chris Wattie/Nathan Denette Ajay Parasram, Dalhousie University NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh broke a cardinal rule of Canadian politics recently when he dropped the “c” word […]

A feminist take on the Canadian federal election

Oct 14 2019 — — As feminist scholars, we have been closely watching the election debates and media coverage to see if and how equity, diversity and gender are discussed. So far, little of substance has been said about how they propose to care for Canadians, particularly those located at the intersections of gender, race and colonial power.

A feminist take on the Canadian federal election

Oct 14 2019 — Yasmin Jiwani, Francesca Scala and Stephanie Paterson — NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Green Party leader Elizabeth May take part in the the Federal leaders French language debate in Gatineau, Que. on Oct. 10, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Yasmin Jiwani, Concordia University; Francesca Scala, Concordia University, and Stephanie Paterson, Concordia University As feminist scholars, we have been closely watching the election debates […]

Maxime Bernier either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy

Oct 14 2019 — Arvind Magesan — The anti-immigration rhetoric heard on stage at the national leaders’ debates may have surprised many Canadians. Calls from the political fringes for major immigration reform to preserve or restore some imagined character of the state has been a trend in other western industrialized democracies like France, the Netherlands and the United States, but up till […]

Maxime Bernier either doesn’t know or doesn’t care that immigrants have a positive impact on the economy

Oct 14 2019 — Arvind Magesan — The platform of the People’s Party of Canada gets a lot of things factually wrong about the economic impact of immigration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang Arvind Magesan, University of Calgary The anti-immigration rhetoric heard on stage at the national leaders’ debates may have surprised many Canadians. Calls from the political fringes for major immigration reform […]

Abortion in Canada: The election debates, the law and the reality

Oct 4 2019 — Martha Paynter — This federal election season, abortion is undeniably a campaign issue, with media coverage routinely suggesting abortion rights are tenuous or up for debate. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has declared that he is “personally pro-life,” while insisting that his cabinet will not “reopen the issue.” This does, however, leave the door open for individual MPs to […]

Canada’s ethics watchdog may have misinterpreted a key SNC-Lavalin conversation

Oct 1 2019 — Dean Mellow and Dasha Gluhareva — Dean Mellow, Simon Fraser University and Dasha Gluhareva, Simon Fraser University The SNC-Lavalin controversy dogged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the leadup to the Canadian federal election. In his August report on the SNC-Lavalin case, Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion made strong assertions about the meanings intended by Michael Wernick, former clerk of the Privy Council, […]

Climate explained: Why are climate change skeptics often right-wing conservatives?

Sep 19 2019 — — The scientific evidence for climate change is unequivocal: 97 per cent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that human activities are causing global warming. Given the same evidence, why do some people become concerned about human-caused climate change while others deny it? In particular, why are people who remain skeptical about climate change often identified […]

Is the Big Blue Tent imploding? Canadian Conservatives face an identity crisis

Sep 11 2019 — Brian Budd — As Canada’s 2019 federal election campaign begins, there are a number of question marks surrounding Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. A longtime member of Parliament under Stephen Harper’s government, Scheer won a tightly contested leadership race against former Conservative cabinet minister Maxime Bernier in 2017. For most of his political career, Scheer has been widely known […]

The election’s on: Now Canadians should watch out for dumbfakes and deepfakes

Sep 11 2019 — Dianne Lalonde — Dumbfakes and deepfakes are edited or altered videos. In just the past few years, the capability to produce and share these videos has increased exponentially due, in part, to artificial intelligence. These fake videos are already present in Canadian politics and are even more likely to be created and disseminated during Canada’s ongoing election campaign. […]