Politics blog: Populism will hurt the UK, not the EU

Last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, thus beginning an arduous two-year process to exit the European Union (EU). Pundits have suggested that the United Kingdom’s (UK) monumental invocation of Article 50 would stir up populist support within other European countries. By examining the political climate of EU member states with upcoming elections, and by highlighting the fractured nature of domestic politics in the UK, it is clear that Europeanism is not under threat from populism; rather, the UK is. Many EU member states have either resisted the rise of populism, or are in the midst of fighting it. In the recent Dutch election, the far-right populist PVV party was expected to dominate the political landscape of […]

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Letter: Canada can benefit from Trump’s victory

For more than a year, Americans and Canadians were bombarded with rhetorics of fear, divisiveness, and isolation by an outsider candidate in the Republican primaries, who would ultimately become the successor to President Barack Obama. Despite the dismal result and its potentially negative impact on the political future of our nation’s closest ally, Donald Trump’s victory brings an unexpected opportunity to Canada. After every U.S. presidential election, partisan supporters of the losing candidates often jokingly proclaim that they will be moving to Canada—however, the results of the most recent election have led to serious discussion surrounding this proposal. In fact, Canada’s Immigration and Citizenship website crashed on election night because of the volume of web traffic from the United States. […]

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Letter: Journalism and PAPM should keep their CUSA seats

Over the past few months, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA)’s Constitution and Policy Review Committee (CPRC) has been working to improve the structure of CUSA council. The reformed structure will ideally improve how students are represented as part of the association’s broader commitment to electoral reform. Several faculties, such as the Faculty of Engineering and Design, are significantly underrepresented with CUSA’s current council structure, so it is important that members of the undergraduate community continue to support this vital initiative. A report of the CPRC’s progress was presented to the council on Aug. 30. The report included extensive research into the current structure, changes to student enrolment in various faculties, and an array of proposals to help improve representation. However, […]

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Opinion: CUSA should subsidize Haven Books prices

Every summer, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) releases its spending plans in its operational budget. The debate surrounding the budget provides an ideal opportunity for some councillors to draw lines in sand and prepare their talking points for the next general election. Despite all the dialogue, the rhetoric, and the divisiveness that comes each year with the budget, the Association also has a unique opportunity to address the issue of rising costs for students at our school. So, how can CUSA make student life less expensive? One of the most significant things CUSA could do to help reduce the financial burden for students would be by covering some of the costs for textbooks in the upcoming year. Statistics show […]

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Letter: CUSA’s boards should have lottery-based appointment

Re: Editorial: Board needs reform, March 9-17, 2016. On March 9, The Charlatan published an article stating the “Electoral Board needs reform.” As a representative on CUSA council and a big supporter of electoral reform, I am in agreement with this statement. There is a growing movement on council and within the CUSA community to change the electoral board, the constitutional board, and hiring committee so they can be more independent. How should this issue be tackled? The current structure of CUSA’s committees and boards demonstrates an element of democratic openness by having council vote on nominees for these bodies. However, problems exist. First, several candidates are nominated by members of the executive. This practice has been criticized because of […]

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