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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Politics Blog: The Rise of the Alt-Right

“America was, until this past generation, a white country, designed for ourselves and for our posterity. It is our creation. It is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.” So ended Richard Spencer’s speech to over 200 attendees at the annual conference of the National Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 19, as witnessed from video footage taken by The Atlantic. Spencer is a leader of the “alt-right” movement, an increasingly vocal white nationalist group that heavily supported Trump’s presidential campaign. Spencer isn’t the stereotypical redneck, neo-Nazi skinhead commonly associated with racism. Rather, he’s a more insidious mould of a hateful ideology that’s been perpetuated for the majority of colonial history. He’s a clean-cut, well-educated, and articulate academic who […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—What’s the next move for Brexit?

“Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Brett Boyden takes a look at Brexit and its implications for the UK moving forward. This summer, the United Kingdom held an advisory referendum on continued membership in the European Union. People around the world were shocked when the British government revealed that a slim majority—only two percent more per BBC News—of the nation had voted to leave. British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had campaigned on a promise of said referendum, resigned almost immediately. Now why would the […]

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Politics blog: Keepin’ it Real—Chinese expansion, U.S. protectionism, and the fate of Canada

 “Keepin’ it Real” is a weekly blog that analyzes news and events in the international system through a realist perspective. Realism describes the international order as anarchical, as actors are looking to serve and achieve their own interests. In this blog, Yugander Sailesh and Matt Clark take a look at Trump’s foreign policy regarding China’s territorial expansion of the South China Sea and its economic implications on Canada and the world. The South Pacific has become an ever-growing topic of importance in the past few months, with the increase of Chinese influence in the region. The election of Donald Trump has increased the discussion about the South Pacific, given that Trump has claimed he will end the “freeloading” of countries […]

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