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Even without Scheer, the right-wing values of the Conservatives run deep

Dec 16 2019 — — Andrew Scheer’s resignation as leader of the Conservatives came after months of avid speculation and mounting frustration on the part of those both inside and outside his party. Scheer’s critics cite a variety of reasons for why he was unable to beat Justin Trudeau in the last election, such as his lack of transparency about […]

Even without Scheer, the right-wing values of the Conservatives run deep

Dec 16 2019 — Marc Lafrance — Andrew Scheer rises to announce he’s stepping down as Conservative leader in the House of Commons in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Marc Lafrance, Concordia University Andrew Scheer’s resignation as leader of the Conservatives came after months of avid speculation and mounting frustration on the part of those both inside and outside his party. Scheer’s […]

Chrystia Freeland: Promoted or doomed to failure?

Nov 24 2019 — Peggy Nash — The new Liberal cabinet has mostly familiar faces, with just a few shuffled deck chairs and some new ministers. Much of the focus has landed on Chrystia Freeland, the new minister of intergovernmental affairs and deputy prime minister. Freeland is clearly Justin Trudeau’s most powerful minister, with a bundle of political problems on her plate. […]

Chrystia Freeland: Promoted or doomed to failure?

Nov 24 2019 — Peggy Nash — Chrystia Freeland, newly named deputy prime minister and minister of intergovernmental affairs, speaks following the swearing-in of the new cabinet at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Peggy Nash, Ryerson University The new Liberal cabinet has mostly familiar faces, with just a few shuffled deck chairs and some new ministers. Much of the […]

B.C. takes historic steps towards the rights of Indigenous Peoples, but the hard work is yet to come

Nov 14 2019 — Sheryl Lightfoot — Regional Chief Terry Teegee speaks to the press n Victoria on Oct. 24, 2019 after Premier John Horgan announced Indigenous human rights will be recognized in B.C. with new legislation . THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolit Sheryl Lightfoot, University of British Columbia British Columbia recently introduced groundbreaking provincial legislation to implement global standards for upholding the […]

Trudeau’s new cabinet: Gender parity because it’s 2019? Or due to competence?

Nov 10 2019 — Carol-Ann Rouillard and Mireille Lalancette — Prime Minister-elect Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his wife, Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau, arrives at Rideau Hall in 2015 for the swearing in of his new gender-balanced cabinet. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press Carol-Ann Rouillard, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and Mireille Lalancette, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will soon appoint his new […]

How do we explain the return of the Bloc Québécois?

Oct 28 2019 — Michel Seymour — We thought the Bloc Québécois was essentially gone from the electoral map and would vanish completely into political history after probably being wiped out in the 2019 federal election. But after an election campaign that saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and the New Democratic Party suffer an erosion in support, the Bloc is back, […]

How do we explain the return of the Bloc Québécois?

Oct 28 2019 — Michel Seymour — Bloc Québecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet greets his supporters during a celebration on election night in Montréal. Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press Michel Seymour, Université de Montréal We thought the Bloc Québécois was essentially gone from the electoral map and would vanish completely into political history after probably being wiped out in the 2019 federal election. But […]

What the Canadian election results would have looked like with electoral reform

Oct 25 2019 — Matthew Hayes — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes his way to a news conference at in Ottawa on Oct. 23, 2019. What would the election results look like if Canada had proportional representation? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Matthew Hayes, St. Thomas University (Canada) The 2019 federal election results suggested a majority of Canadians preferred a minority government, but […]