Domestic Politics

Electoral reform for Canada? The answer will shock you!

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | February 2, 2017

Angry Tom Mulcair is back. His reappearance on Wednesday was marked by supportive shouts from the New Democratic Party Caucus, and focused singularly on the abandonment of the Prime Minister's promise that the 2015 Federal Election would be the last to use First-Past-The-Post. This is to be expected. Changing the manner in which Members of Parliament are elected would dramatically improve the political fortunes of the NDP. Now that this is not to be, you can see in their faces that their hopes are dashed. The leader of the Green Party was similarly despondent.

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Conservative leadership contenders need to lose their fear

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | January 8, 2017

I've been watching the Conservative leadership race start to heat up over the holiday season. I'm not entirely encouraged. I see a lot of fear among the race's 13 candidates. The first manifestation of this is the many shots being taken at Kevin O'Leary. You can't land a blow on someone who isn't officially in the running. It's why he is putting off his entry into the race. This is an annoying tactic for him to use if you have entered the race, but it works, which is why O'Leary has chosen it.

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5 signs that your leader might break up with you

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | December 11, 2016

I don't have to tell you how hard it is to be a democracy. You try to help out your whole family, and when it doesn't work out you get blamed for it. But that's not even the worst part. You have a #complicated relationship with your leader to deal with too. Sometimes it's fabulous, especially if he's a cutie. But it can also be stressful! I have you covered. This quiz will help tell you, democracy, if your leader is going to break up with you.

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Justin Trudeau is just like Stephen Harper!

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | November 21, 2016

Never underestimate sunny ways. Recent campaigns by the Public Service Alliance of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Students have passionately attacked some comparatively mild policies from the Harper era that the Liberal government has decided to keep. (The bargaining arrangements for public servants and support for the bare minimum of pipelines, specifically). These attacks have largely followed the line "You said you'd be different!" and "You're just like Stephen Harper was!"

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Cure my Electoral-Reform-Induced Consultation Anxiety

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | October 7, 2016

I think a new term is going to have to start entering the Canadian lexicon: Consultation anxiety. A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend one of the Liberal government's consultations on democratic reform, and I think that term is the best way to describe how I felt about it.

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In Critique and Defense of Stephen Harper

Liam McPherson | Ottawa, ON. | October 4, 2016

Anyone who knows me personally is aware that I am a longtime, admittedly partisan Liberal. Since I was seven years old, I have viewed the Grits as the "good guys", the happy, centrist medium in between the centre-right Conservative Party and the left-wing New Democrats.

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We are being stalked by terrifying bubbles

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | October 3, 2016

Although this project has been going for a while now, today's launch is still a huge step for The Young Canadian. The number of expressedly multipartisan publications just went up by 1, and that will always be a good thing.

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Ghomeshi trial ends in controversy

Zachary Voth | Ottawa, ON. | March 25, 2016

Jian Ghomeshi has been found not guilty of all charges, ending a legal case and trial that has been the subject of international attention. Justice Horkins found that the testimony given by the three alleged victims was inadequate evidence to convict Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance to sexual assault by choking, which can carry a life sentence. The former CBC host still faces a separate sexual assault allegation that will go to trial in three months.

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Trudeau's explanation for continuing Saudi weapons deal not good enough for Canadians

Liam McPherson | Ottawa, ON. | March 20, 2016

The nascent Liberal government has prided itself on reversing the legacy of the previous Conservative government. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has done everything from promoting a gender-equal cabinet, committing to cut methane emissions by 45 per cent, personally welcoming Syrian refugees, reaffirming Canada's pursuit of a seat on the UN Security Council, and beginning the process of a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. However, the Prime Minister has been deafeningly silent about the arms deal in which Canadians manufacture military weapons and vehicles for Saudi Arabia, an authoritarian state known for numerous human rights violations. Those concerned about the deal believe there is a concern that these Canadian-made weapons could be used by the Saudi regime against their own citizens in instances of dissent.

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First Ministers' meeting yields progress

Liam McPherson | Ottawa, ON. | March 6, 2016

Once an occurrence which would take place twice over the last decade, The First Ministers' meeting has become a fixture of the new governing approach taken by the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After their second meeting on the topic of climate change, Canada's premiers and the federal government have now inked out an eight-page set of standards for a nationwide climate strategy. The question remains, though; will the premiers put their money where their mouths are?

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