Political & Democratic Reform

Canada has one of most stable democratic systems in the world. Yet despite being the envy of many, the system is beset with challenges: poor voter turnout, electoral fraud, inadequate representation. A crisis of confidence hangs over Canadian democracy. How to turn things around?

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Parliamentary Committee on Poverty Reduction

By Terrance Hunsley

HUMA – the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development, and the Status of Persons with Disabilities, (the name rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it.) has spent a year hearing from Canadian experts, social advoca …

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Democracy under threat? Not yet, but….

By Yuk-kuen Annie Cheung, PhD, RPP

A word from a concerned friend Since the election of President Donald Trump, many of us who believe in liberal democracy and related norms, including equality of the sexes and amongst peoples, have been holding our breath in a protracted “Kumbaya”. Fou …

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Legacy of Lester B. Pearson

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L to R: Dr. Richard M. Alway, Chairman, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada; Sen. Landon Pearson; Patricia Pearson, Author; Hon. Andrew Leslie, MP, representing the Government of Canada. Table of Contents 1. The commemorative event on April 4 …

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Flag Day on the Hill (Regan, O’Malley, Ehsassi, Kent, Weir, Pearson, etc.; Feb 15)

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Date: February 15, 2017 L to R: Karen Ludwig, MP, Ali Ehsassi, MP, Hon. Peter Kent, MP. Beatrice Raffoul, Speaker Geoff Regan, Joan O’Malley (seamstress who sewed the first maple leaf flag in 1964), Erin Weir, MP, former Senator Landon Pearson, Anita V …

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Analyzing Manning’s timely advice on right wing populists

By Andrew Cardozo

Preston Manning talks about how to avoid right wing populist uprisings This column by Preston Manning is well worth reading and thinking about. I think it has some flaws in its arguments – if his criticisms of the current government were less a little …

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Leitch, O’Leary and Trump can be a potent mix

By Andrew Cardozo

Opinion Leitch, O’Leary and Trump can be a potent mix Suddenly being like Trump may not be such a good thing, and will be a less good thing going forward. By ANDREW CARDOZO PUBLISHED in the Hill Times: Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 12:00 AM OTTAWA—Life just got …

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What Democrats need to learn

By Will Marshall

What Democrats Can Learn From Hillary Clinton’s Tragedy The art of political persuasion matters more than the mechanics of mobilization. Will Marshall 12.07.16 1:00 AM ET As Democrats debate why they lost the 2016 elections, Hillary Clinton must feel l …

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7 big developments in Canadian politics for 2017

By Andrew Cardozo

Seven big developments in Canadian politics to watch for We live in an era where politics change constantly and the unexpected is what happens again and again. Brexit and Donald Trump are now synonyms for unexpected change as much as they are about wha …

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Sen. Peter Harder on Senate Reform (Sept 19)

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(Picture L to R: Alicia Natividad, Pearson Centre; James Scongack, Bruce Power, Sen. Peter Harder; Catherine Bélanger, and Hon. Sergio Marchi) A WORK IN PROGRESS: The changing role of the “Representative of the Government in the Senate” Report of a Spe …

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The Day After: Explaining the U.S. Election; Nov 9; Ott.

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Panel discussion on November 9, 2016 [a.k.a. “Global OMG Day” or “Global Sigh-of-Relief Day”] What happened in the U.S. Election??? https://www.facebook.com/thepearsoncentre/videos/1055421284604640/ Watch this VIDEO with Sarah Goldfeder and Krista Lebe …

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