Bloc Québecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet, Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and Jagmeet Singh of the NDP could all play roles if Canada opts for a coalition government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes/Chris Wattie/Nathan Denette

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Why Canada should embrace a coalition

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is seen at a daycare centre in Toronto in September 2019. His party is proposing a major investment in child care, but why don’t voters care? Twitter

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Voters’ indifference to child-care proposals

Research estimates that each year some 15,000 deaths, 90,000 hospital admissions and 240,000 years of life lost are directly attributable to alcohol use. (Shutterstock)

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Canada needs an Alcohol Act

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer speaks to supporters in Trois-Rivieres, Que. on Sept. 11, 2019. Scheer’s non-position on research and innovation is a cause for concern. Paul Chiasson/THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Conservatives would weaken innovation policy

Jean Truchon, right, looks on as lawyer Jean-Pierre Menard gives their reaction to a Québec judge overturning parts of provincial and federal laws on medically assisted dying on September 12, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Why to appeal medical assistance in dying ruling

Montrealers hold up a Canadian flag with a marijuana logo on it outside a government cannabis store in the city Oct. 17, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

What’s next for legal cannabis

In this March 2019 photo, Central American migrants wait for food in a pen erected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to process a surge of migrant families and unaccompanied minors in El Paso, Texas. The migrants were then destined for detention centres. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Concentration camps in liberal democracies

The platform of the People’s Party of Canada gets a lot of things factually wrong about the economic impact of immigration. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

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Bernier’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has no economic foundation

The populist policies of Maxime Bernier's People's Party of Canada show a fundamental misunderstanding of how immigration has helped Canada's economy.
A Canadian aid worker tends to children in a Haitian orphanage in April 2010. Haiti and other impoverished nations would be hurt by proposals by Andrew Scheer and Maxime Bernier to cut Canadian international aid. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

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It’s inhumane to cut aid to countries in need

Development assistance has its problems. Nevertheless, it's crucial for reducing extreme poverty. And it fosters important international relations that benefit all Canadians.
Justin Trudeau used the English-language leaders’ debate to defend his actions in the SNC-Lavalin affair after being accused by Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer of interfering in the company’s court case. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Trudeau is right about saving SNC-Lavalin jobs

There are a lot of reasons to criticize Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's handling of the SNC-Lavalin file. But on the matter of saving jobs, he got it right.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh participates in a climate strike event as he makes a campaign stop in Victoria on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

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Climate change is a top issue for Canadians

Polls show that climate change is one of the top-three issues for Canadians heading to the ballot box.
Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion is seen in this December 2011 photo taken on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Key SNC-Lavalin call may have been misconstrued

A phone conversation at the heart of the SNC-Lavalin affair contained so much miscommunication that it does not constitute persuasive evidence about alleged threats to Jody Wilson-Raybould.
Migrant workers picking strawberries in Greece live in unhealthy and highly flammable shacks.

Migrant strawberry pickers face deadly risks

Greece is the 10th largest exporter of strawberries in the world, but evidence shows that success is due to captive migrant farm labour who work in precarious, unsafe and unhealthy conditions.
A farmer who installed solar panels to power his irrigation systems on the family farm walks by the panels near Claresholm, Alta., in June 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Drop the doom and gloom in climate journalism

Climate journalism can play an important role in painting the picture of a post-carbon economy. It should start by encouraging collective action and a sense of empowerment for everyday people.
Kurdish fighters in Syria say the U.S. is abandoning its allies and potentially empowering the Islamic State by withdrawing from northeastern Syria and allowing a Turkish assault, Oct. 7, 2019. AP Photo

Attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment

Since defending northern Syria from the Islamic State, Kurdish people have established an egalitarian society where women are equal, democracy is direct and religious freedom is guaranteed.
Democratic presidential candidate and author Marianne Williamson acknowledges applause after speaking at the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention in September 2019. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Marianne Williamson and the religion of ‘spirituality’

The way Marianne Williamson is being dismissed as a viable presidential contender is at odds with the actual history of spirituality in America.
Turkish and US troops on patrol in northern Syria. President Donald Trump has announced he plans to withdraw US troops from the region, paving the way for great destabilisation. AAP/EPA/Sedat Suna

Trump’s dangerous decision to withdraw from Syria

The US president's latest announcement portends a worrying outcome in a part of the world riven by years of conflict.
Controlling a leader’s image via campaign-sanctioned photographs is an age-old practice in politics. Trevor Brown/Unsplash

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Images in conflict: Campaign vs news photos

Controlling how leaders appear in photographs is an age-old practice in politics. It's in full force during the Canadian election.
Canadian Forces troops assist a U.S. Navy helicopter unload its cargo of aid at the airport in Jacmel, Haiti in January 2010. Canada uses the rhetoric of a global foreign aid leader, but in fact, it’s a laggard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

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Canada neither hero nor villain on international aid

Compared to the size of our economy, Canadian aid has been slipping since the 1980s, and we now lag behind most other donors. Our rhetoric is unmatched by action.
Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, in Ottawa on September 4. Bernier is associated with the populist movement in Canada. The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

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Populism & the Canadian election

In this election campaign, it would be a good idea to recognize the existence of social inequalities and to rethink the issues of redistribution and social justice without giving into populism.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is greeted by a crowd as he arrives to attend a community feast during a visit to Arctic Bay, Nunavut, in August 2019. Trudeau has said the relationship with Indigenous peoples is Canada’s most important, so why aren’t Indigenous issues getting much attention this campaign? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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Indigenous reconciliation not on the radar

Based on tweets written by 735 candidates from Canada's five major political parties, Indigenous issues are not on the national radar this election campaign. That's both strange and short-sighted.
The system of ‘birth alerts’ across Canada perpetuates the removal of children from Indigenous families begun by residential schools. Pictured here: a historical report on residential schools released by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

All provinces should follow B.C. birth alert ban

To make meaningful progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action, all provinces and territories should promptly follow B.C. and ban discriminatory 'birth alerts.'
Despite challenges, teacher education offers a path to begin righting inequities and injustice. Here, people stand on a map from the Indigenous Peoples Atlas of Canada at a launch in Toronto in 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Truth and Reconciliation in Canada

Teaching truth and reconciliation in Canada

Decolonized education means working with settler teachers to overcome guilt and find the courage to acknowledge privilege, racism and colonialism to work in partnership for a better future.
Participants in the Women’s March gather near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington in January 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Is the United States on the brink of a revolution?

The United States is exhibiting several of the signs that have historically resulted in uprisings and revolutions. Is another American revolution looming?
Justin Trudeau speaks to Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg in Montreal on Sept. 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Why Greta Thunberg infuriates conservatives

With her climate strike, Greta Thunberg has upended climate politics and posed the key question of who are the real radicals in current discussions.

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