Politics blog: Anti-Islamophobia motion divides the country even more

M-103, a motion asking members of the House of Commons to condemn “islamophobia” and “all forms of systemic racism and religious discrimination” was passed on March 23, with 201 MPs voting in favour of the motion and 91 voting against. But what has the anti-islamophobia motion actually done for Canadians? Since it is a motion, it hasn’t really done anything concrete. Motions aren’t bills; I’ve seen a lot of remarks from people who think Islamophobia is now illegal. This is not the case. However, the message the motion sent out to Canadians was that we shouldn’t be Islamophobic. The motion is well-intended as no one deserves to be subject to discrimination. But I believe working with “antis” instead of trying […]

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Letter: The budget deficit is another broken promise

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal budget on March 22, and the Liberal government is again running a deficit three times larger than promised in the electoral campaign, nearing $30 billion. ($28.6 billion, to be exact.) They had campaigned on running three modest deficits of $10 billion, and said the fourth year of their mandate would end in a surplus. After all, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “budgets balance themselves.” They tried to compensate for their spending with a number of tax hikes. Ubers will now cost more, and so will alcohol. Way to make college life more expensive. But tax hikes can’t completely cover the government’s spending, resulting in the deficit. So why does it matter if […]

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Politics blog: A breakdown of the Conservative leadership race

The Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) is in the midst of a leadership race, and it is unclear what the future of the party will be. A relatively new party to the right of the political spectrum has to come together to form a strong opposition to the Liberals. To do so, they need a leader who can hold the party together the way former Prime Minister Stephen Harper did. Among the 14 candidates in the leadership race, we see how conservatives differ on a large number of issues, united mainly by fiscal policy. In the past, the division was clear: there are progressive conservatives, and there are social conservatives. However, in the era of Brexit and Donald Trump, I […]

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