Politics Blog: A new shot for the NDP

This weekend, the New Democratic Party leadership race concluded on Oct. 1, with excited chants and cheers. The final answer to the contest is Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh MPP from Brampton, Ont. Singh represents a new chapter of the NDP and the nation as a whole. His platform is one that strikes the balance Canadians need between social progress and economic strength.   His economic plan consists largely of public and community infrastructure programs financed and supported by the federal government. While getting Canadians the jobs and opportunities they need, Singh also aims to expand the social safety net and protect those at risk of falling through the cracks. Capitalism is unsustainable when it allows citizens to collapse from the […]

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Politics blog: General Kelly as Chief of Staff could change things

The sheer number of articles written with a “Turning Point in Trump Presidency” headline should probably lead one to avoid making a similar pronouncement, given that Donald Trump seems to be rather set in his ways. Therefore, in an effort to gain distance from those pronouncements that now appear naive, this article will proceed with the premise of a “potential” turning point. How’s that for a stark contrast? Trivial differentiations aside, considering all the events of Trump’s tumultuous tenure to date (hindsight being 20/20, of course), the appointment of General John Kelly as the White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus who was fired after just six months, has the potential to be a major turning point in the […]

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Politics Blog: How Andrew Scheer can win the 2019 election

The federal election may not officially start for over a year, but for the newly appointed leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, the campaign trail starts now. With 13 ballots, Scheer narrowly edged out a victory over Maxime Bernier, his rival and then frontrunner. On the campaign trail Scheer spoke of uniting the Conservative Party and focusing on issues that unite us, not divide us. This is exactly what he will have to accomplish if he hopes to win in 2019. With 14 diverse leadership candidates all garnering support right up until the day of the leadership election, Scheer is going to have his work cut out for him in uniting the party. The more than 30, […]

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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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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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