Opinion: We must hold Wynne accountable

In the aftermath of Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States, the outrage among Carleton students was palpable. When information emerged in the auditor general’s report that there was blatant corruption in the Ontario Liberal government, the reaction was far more muted, exposing a classic Canadian flaw. The result of the presidential election is not what I, or any intelligent individual wanted. Trump should not be the president-elect of the US. But he isn’t president yet. Like him or not, the chance remains that his impact on the world and by extension Canada will be positive. Many—myself included—believe those chances are slim, but the reaction to Trump’s election was that the world is over, and apocalypse is certain. […]

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Letter: 2016 is not the worst year ever

As we enter the last month of 2016, it is time to reflect on the year and everything that happened in it. There were many huge events—including the Brussels terror attacks, the summer Olympics in Rio, Hurricane Matthew, Britain’s exit from the European Union, and the United States presidential election. The year also saw a slew of celebrity deaths, including Prince, Leonard Cohen, David Bowie, and Harper Lee. Likely because of this, I have overwhelmingly heard people declare 2016 a bad year—a year that everyone wants to set behind them. I, for one, absolutely hate this new trend. How can you declare a year filled with ups and downs a bad year? How can you only focus on the negative […]

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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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Students react to Trump victory, implications for Canadians

Stephen Wilfeard, an international student from upstate New York attending the University of P.E.I (UPEI), said he was always planning to apply for permanent residency in Canada—but the results of the 2016 American election now make him want to speed the process up. “I think I’ve realized after [Donald Trump’s] victory, I’m more appreciative of Canada now. Someone like Trump wouldn’t come to power in Canada,” Wilfeard said. Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States on Nov. 8. Some of his proposed policies include the deportation of illegal immigrants, a hard stance on terrorism, and protectionist policies over the American economy, including renegotiation of previously existing trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement. […]

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Politics blog: Trump will be president—how did this happen?

As the result of a dramatic upset election, Donald Trump is president-elect of the United States. Hillary Clinton, who just weeks ago was thought to be infallible, has lost—the Obama coalition of women, minorities and millennials has crumbled around her. How in the world did this happen? Why Trump Won DISENFRANCHISED VOTERS – Working-class America has long felt ignored by the White House. With the collapse of the steel, coal, and auto industries in the United States, primarily after the 2008 economic crisis, America’s working-class has been left wounded. Many feel that the system is broken, only benefitting the wealthy. Trump appealed to this discontent by pledging to make the system work for everyone. LABELLING – Despite her political experience, […]

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