Letter: Carleton’s political spectrum is warped

I first heard about the political spectrum during grade 10 Civics class. We learned that the Conservative party was on the right, the Liberals on the left, and the NDP even further to the left. The teacher explained the various policies that members of the right and left believed in, with no right or wrong side to be on. Carleton students would do well to remember this in 2017. Being a conservative doesn’t make you wrong, or a terrible person. I’m a small “l” liberal. I’m well left of centre on social policies, but in certain economic situations I’m closer to centre. Yet if you put me on the political spectrum of Carleton, I’d likely be considered a conservative. A […]

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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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Federal youth employment promises fall short

The federal government is expected to fall short of their promise to deliver 5,000 green youth jobs this year. According to an article from The Canadian Press, final numbers won’t be confirmed until fall 2017, but figures from Employment and Social Development Canada show the Liberals will surpass 2,000 green youth jobs by March 2017. Recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) data found that the average unemployment rate for people in the 15-24 age bracket was 13.2 per cent this past August, unchanged from the same period in 2015. However, the unemployment rate for those 25-54 was 6.6 per cent in August. David Gray, a labour economics professor at the University of Ottawa, said this is normal for a developed country. “Youth […]

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Government condemns BDS movement

On Feb. 22, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals overwhelmingly approved a Conservative motion condemning Canadians who promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement (BDS) against Israel. The motion called on the Canadian government to “condemn any and all attempts by Canadian organizations, groups or individuals to promote the BDS movement, both here at home and abroad,” which it describes as promoting the “demonization and delegitimization” of Israel. The motion passed by a vote of 229-51. Two Liberals voted against it. New Democratic Party (NDP) leader Tom Mulcair criticized the Liberal government’s decision. “This goes against the freedom of expression we hold so dear in our society,” Mulcair said in a press release. On the same day, McGill University’s student body voted […]

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Carleton hosts orientation for new MPs

Carleton held an orientation session on Jan. 19 and 20 for newly elected Members of Parliament (MPs) to help them get up to speed with their new roles and responsibilities in Ottawa. “I just hope that we can shorten the period until they become effective and more quickly give them a better sense of the key players in Ottawa,” said Maureen Boyd, director of the Carleton Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement. The orientation was meant to give the new MPs a better understanding of how the Supreme Court functions, the role of the Governor General, and the key players in Ottawa, Boyd said. The session was planned for the week before the House of Commons resumes sitting. At the […]

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