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    In Canada’s snap election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals were both victims and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 crisis

In Canada’s snap election, Justin Trudeau and the Liberals were both victims and beneficiaries of the COVID-19 crisis

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Last month, Canada held its second election in less than two years as Liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau sought a new mandate during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Trudeau’s gamble that Canadians would reward his party for its handling of the pandemic did not pay off, and he now still leads a minority government. Using new survey data, Harold Clarke, […]

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    Canada’s internal market is long overdue, but serious political effort is required to achieve reform

Canada’s internal market is long overdue, but serious political effort is required to achieve reform

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Amidst President Trump’s talk of renegotiating NAFTA, Canada’s own internal trade barriers and protectionist policies remain an issue. As Michelle Egan writes, despite the Canadian Free Trade Agreement, there is still much to be done to seriously facilitate cross-border trade in Canada.

President Trump on the campaign trail promised to ‘renegotiate or rip up’ the North American Free Trade Agreement. […]

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    Visa overstayers in Northern Arizona reveal complex motivation behind undocumented migration

Visa overstayers in Northern Arizona reveal complex motivation behind undocumented migration

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Much of the media and public debate concerning immigration focuses on illegal border crossers. In this post, Susannah Crockford, who spent two years in Arizona completing ethnographic fieldwork, looks at the motivations behind people who overstay their visas. Unlike the common stereotype of ‘illegal immigrants’, many overstayers come from wealthy, ‘developed’ nations such as Canada and the UK, and […]

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    Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

Book Review: Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull

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In Parole in Canada: Gender and Diversity in the Federal System, Sarah Turnbull examines how the ideal of ‘diversity’ has been interpreted and used to alter policy, practices and processes surrounding parole in Canada, with a particular focus on the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Katelan Dunn welcomes this highly accessible text for shedding light on the ways that […]

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    In Canada, where children attend school may have an effect on their health and the choices that are available to them

In Canada, where children attend school may have an effect on their health and the choices that are available to them

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Many schools in socio-economically disadvantaged communities struggle to provide their students with healthy food environments. In a study analyzing almost 500 children in 246 schools the Canadian province of Quebec, Caroline Fitzpatrick finds that that 10-12 year olds attending the least healthy schools had comparatively higher central body fat than those attending healthier schools, where students had easy access […]

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    If NAFTA fails, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

If NAFTA fails, Canada should reach across the Atlantic to the UK

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The future of the North American Free Trade Agreement is looking increasingly uncertain under Donald Trump as president of the United States. In case NAFTA implodes, Armand de Mestral proposes the creation of the Atlantic Free Trade Area between Canada and the United Kingdom, in a framework involving Europe and the US.

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A close look at NAFTA
NAFTA has been in […]

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    Would Justin Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ work in the UK? Lessons (or not) from Canada

Would Justin Trudeau’s ‘sunny ways’ work in the UK? Lessons (or not) from Canada

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British politicians have a long history of looking across the Atlantic for policy and campaign ideas. Since Justin Trudeau’s landslide election victory in October 2015, however, Canada has begun to displace the US as the focus of progressive admiration. Yet direct comparisons may not be very insightful, explains Peter Sloman.

Labour politicians wonder how the 43-year-old Trudeau managed to deflect […]

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    Delegating the distribution of intergovernmental grants to quasi-autonomous organizations does little to stop the influence of electoral politics.

Delegating the distribution of intergovernmental grants to quasi-autonomous organizations does little to stop the influence of electoral politics.

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In many countries, public spending is often influenced by electoral considerations, such as using grants to ‘buy’ votes in swing districts, a practice which can often lead to inefficient spending. In response to concerns over such political influence, governments have designed quasi-autonomous organizations to implement intergovernmental grant programs in a politically neutral fashion. Using Infrastructure-Transport, a quasi-autonomous organization created […]

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    Book Review: The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border by Heather N. Nicol

Book Review: The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border by Heather N. Nicol

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In The Fence and the Bridge: Geopolitics and Identity Along the Canada-US Border, Heather N. Nicol adds to growing analyses of the functioning and perception of borders by focusing on the historical development of the Canada-US border-security relationship, tracing it from the present post-9/11 era back into the preceding centuries. While the book does tend to assume Canada as a country subject […]

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    In Canada’s election, Trudeau got the messaging right, as the other parties fumbled.

In Canada’s election, Trudeau got the messaging right, as the other parties fumbled.

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Last month, Justin Trudeau led Canada’s Liberal Party to victory in the country’s federal election. Cristine de Clercy reviews the election campaign of the three major parties, and examines how the party’s leaders managed their party’s messaging to voters. She writes that in contrast to incumbent Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader, Stephen Harper’s stale, ‘more of the same’ […]

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