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Security fences stand near the U.S. Capitol on January 5, 2022. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

How democracy gets eroded – lessons from a Nixon expert

The January 6, 2021, Capitol riot happened a year ago. But the attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power was just one part of a larger, and more long-term, attempt to undo US democracy.
Gambia’s president Adama Barrow waves to supporters shortly after he arrived the country in 2017. Carl De Souza/AFP via Getty Images

What Barrow’s re-election means for The Gambia

Adama Barrow’s re-election in The Gambia was not unexpected. It, however, leaves the opposition with an uncertain path forward and signals the shrinking status of his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
New immigrants to Canada, including Syrian-born Tareq Hadhad (centre) who founded the company Peace by Chocolate in Antigonish, N.S., swear allegiance at an Oath of Citizenship ceremony in Halifax in January 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Riley Smith

We speak a lot of languages in Canada — elections should reflect our diversity

Following the Sept. 20 federal election, an important question must be asked: How is the Canadian electoral process accommodating the country’s increasing linguistic diversity?
Our first-past-the-post electoral system works poorly when there are lots of three-way races and even some four-way races. Seats can be won with far less than a majority, meaning it’s time to revisit electoral reform. Pietro Mattia/Unsplash

Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system highlights once again the need for reform

New research offers a new electoral system that can deliver proportionality and even enhance local representation.
Voters should be aware of how their personal data is being collected and used by political parties. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld)

Electronic tracking of voters is a thorny topic in a tight federal election race

During an election, political parties gather personal data about Canadian voters. This data collection isn’t regulated, and citizens should be concerned.
A woman wears a Make Canada Great Again cap during a demonstration opposing government policy on immigration near the Canada-U.S. border in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

With far right groups on the rise, we should keep an eye on populism this federal election

As Canadians head to the polls, some are seeking new direction. One they claim promises to be “for the people.” And some are part of far right groups who are calling for a populist movement.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau makes a stop in an airplane hangar during the Canadian federal election campaign in Mississauga, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Rhetoric Check: Parliament wasn’t toxic — Justin Trudeau just wants a majority

A former political insider explains that the view inside government is generally the sooner minority rule is put to bed in favour of a majority, the better. That’s why Trudeau really called an election.

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