By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Ryan Remiorz, CP. Earlier this month, Quebecers went to the polls and elected a new party for the first time in nearly fifty years. As far as the game of expectations were concerned, two parties shone while the rest were left licking their wounds. Perhaps this shouldn't come as a … Continue reading Voters opted for change in Quebec – what’s next?
By Chelsea Craig. Featured image via Graham Hughes, CP. Quebec has the most volatile electorate in Canada and no political party should count on the province to deliver the same results twice. If history is any indication, Quebec can't be counted on to produce the same electoral results twice in the same riding, let alone … Continue reading Yet again, the next federal election’s kingmaker could be Quebec
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 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 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 Elias Weiss. And then there were fifteen. And then sixteen again. And maybe seventeen, or maybe just twelve...And depending on if you count Kevin O Leary or not: Twelve and a half! What a week that was, my friends, what a week. And no, I’m not talking about the many (alleged) victims of Trump’s … Continue reading Clement out, Leitch in: Your Conservative leadership race update
Quebec has seen enough turmoil over the separatist 'dream.' With over three quarters of the province now finding it wrongheaded, why can’t we let sleeping dogs lie?