By Elias Weiss. President Trump has escaped, sorry, ‘embarked’ on a whirlwind two-day visit to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States entering the First World War. This comes, of course, after damning evidence surfaced that his oldest “high-quality person” son, Donald Trump Jr. had accepted a meeting with a Kremlin insider … Continue reading The state visit we’ve all been waiting for
By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Nanaimo Bulletin. While our neighbors south of the border argue about who to let in, Canada remains an open society, one that welcomes newcomers and encourages immigration. Together, we've worked to build the country we now have today, one hundred and fifty years later. Since the very start, Canada has … Continue reading Embracing Canada’s open society even as others close borders
By Danielle M. Cameron & Richard Forbes. Featured Image via Evan Vucci. "We are the leaders of the free and democratic world and this does not seem to be an excellent example of democracy we are setting." - Eleanor Roosevelt, 1956. In a League of Its Own Schoolkids flood the squeaky Jeffersonian halls as their … Continue reading An Epilogue for America: How Canada went from “here to help” to “here to lead”
By Eli Ridder. With an approval rating in the mid-sixties, Justin Trudeau, then forty-three, made his first impression on the international political stage; his appearance spelling - as the papers described it - “a sea of change” for “positive politics.” Headlines for newly inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron read, not dissimilarly, “a new hope” and “saviour of the EU.” … Continue reading Macron, the Justin Trudeau we’ve been waiting for?
By Chelsea Craig & Richard Forbes. Featured image via John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette. "Mes amis Quebecois, le français c'est important pour moi," Kevin O'Leary read clumsily from a memo to the Montreal audience; the presumed front-runner in a race of fourteen candidates vying for the federal Conservative party leadership, O'Leary was responding to those who had … Continue reading O’Leary is far from the only Canadian who can’t speak French – and that’s a problem
By Danielle M. Cameron. 'For some must watch, while some must sleep. So runs the world away.' (Hamlet, 3.2.) Sticks and stones may break my bones, but it’s your words that cut right through me. In the wake of Donald Trump’s ascendance to the highest office of his land, and arguably the world’s, words … Continue reading The ‘Alt-Right’ has no place in Canada
By Danielle M. Cameron. “I believe fundamentally that we can do better," Justin Trudeau told an Ottawa University audience, just months ago. "We can have an electoral system that does a better job of reflecting the concerns, the voices of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, and give us a better level of governance," … Continue reading Islanders will have to decide whether democracy needs an overhaul — as will we
By Caitlin Sylvia & Richard Forbes. In a week where agreements have proved rare and elusive, one appears to have been tentatively reached in the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric dispute between indigenous peoples and Newfoundland and Labrador. Protesters in Labrador and in Ottawa, through standoffs and hunger strikes, had been raising public attention around the potential … Continue reading On Muskrat Falls, province traces a path to reconciliation
By Fergal McAlinden. The forty first Parliament of Canada, in its partisanship, lack of decorum, and uncivil behaviour, left a sour taste in the mouth. With heckling and recriminations rife in parliamentary debate, Canadians’ enthusiasm and appetite for politics were dented significantly; dismay at the negative, starkly partisan way politics was conducted was one of … Continue reading Is decorum in the House of Commons improving?
By Danielle M. Cameron. As with all underdogs, victory came unexpectedly. This time last year, a crimson tsunami was washing over our beloved eastern front, loosening the icy-blue grip of then prime minister, Stephen Harper and his imploding Conservative party - its top dogs jumping ship left, right, and centre. Anyone who has walked with the beaches of Prince Edward Island is familiar with its bright blues, regal … Continue reading Atlantic Canada retains Supreme Court seat, but frustrations with Liberals still mount