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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Politics blog: Playing victim isn’t feminist

In light of International Women’s Day last week, I have a few thoughts: I think too often I’m afraid to call myself a feminist, not because I’m fearful of the reputation I might get when I defend the rights of women and encourage feminine liberation, but because the word is now being associated with something that I do not consider feminism. Think of Lena Dunham, and her show Girls: four white women living in New York City off of the privilege and wealth their parents earned, and walking through life with the word “victim” written on their foreheads. Think of Taylor Swift, who’s built her career off of being “America’s Sweetheart,” a victim of bullying by an “angry black man,” […]

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Politics blog: Dank memes for lit politics

If you’re an avid Wi-Fi-using twenty-something in 2017, there is a 100 per cent chance you have seen, made, or shared a meme. Nonsensical, funny, and relatable, memes are the first language of the wild internet landscape. They can be created out of anything and for any occasion—and while they’re shared and created for entertainment, they’ve also contributed to the untamed, constant virtual discourse on politics. Search up “dank meme stash” on Facebook, and you’re bound to find communities of thousands of members dedicated to sharing memes about politicians and political ideologies. One example: Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, a Facebook group over 450,000 members strong. The Presidential Medal of Freedom isn’t bad either. pic.twitter.com/HI4tMrLJ32 — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) […]

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Politics blog: Trudeau is on a collision course with Trump – and his own brand

It’s understandable and respectable that Canadian prime ministers have historically stayed mum when they disagree with the policies and beliefs of their American counterparts. Standing for principle’s sake instead of finding points of agreement can lead to chilly relations, resulting in unwanted consequences on policies that affect the lives of everyday people. Add into the equation the elephant-mouse relationship that Canada has with its southern neighbour, and the fallout may be more adverse for us. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has so far embodied such a cautious position, based on the belief that the boat of good relations should not be unnecessarily rocked by incendiary words or sharp rebuttals towards the president. Such a strategy has almost always worked on the […]

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Politics Blog: Voting should never be mandatory

The right to vote is promised to every adult citizen in our nation, and is assured as a universal and eternal right by the Canadian Constitution. However, according to Elections Canada, voter turnout rates in federal elections have remained firmly below 70 per cent since the 1990s, and have steadily dipped closer to the 60th percentile as the years wear on (the exception being 2015’s polarizing election, which saw voter turnout increase to a mere 68 per cent). These statistics make it clear that, for whatever reason, eligible voters are becoming increasingly disinterested in the electoral process. This has led many to speculate on possible resolutions to the pandemic of the aloof citizen—either too uninformed or not proactive enough to […]

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