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Low voter turnout in recent Canadian elections sharply illustrates how the public is disconnected from political institutions and their representatives. How can they be re-engaged? THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Power to the people: How Canada can build a more connected and responsive Parliament

Problems with party politics abound, largely driven by the fusion of executive and legislative powers that enforces party discipline. Here’s how to get the public more involved.
Québec Liberal Marwah Rizqy speaks at a news conference while Liberal Leader Dominique Anglade, left, looks on, in August 2022 in St-Agapit, Que. Rizqy received repeated death threats, resulting in a man’s arrest. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Jacques Boissinot

#MeToo turns 5: Taking stock of gender-based violence in Canadian politics

When harassment is directed at women politicians, staffers, activists and journalists because they are women, it poses a threat to democracy.
Donald Trump is seen in London in December 2019 during a joint news conference with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Why Donald Trump was bad for America but good for Canada

Between the years 2016 and 2020, Canadians were united in their contempt for Donald Trump. What will the impact on Canada and Canadian politics be if he runs again in 2024?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre greet each other as they gather in the House of Commons to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth in Ottawa on Sept. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Not again: Why another federal election may be on the horizon in Canada

Canadians went to the polls twice in two years, in 2019 and 2021. Here’s why yet another federal election likely looms in the fall of 2023 or the spring of 2024.
Newly elected Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks at the Conservative Party of Canada leadership vote on Sept. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

What Pierre Poilievre’s leadership means for the future of the Conservative Party

By focusing on issues that pertain to ordinary Canadians, Pierre Poilievre could be offering a compelling alternative to Justin Trudeau’s unpopular Liberals now that he’s won the Conservative leadership.
Federal Conservative leadership candidate Pierre Poilievre poses for photographs with supporters at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in April 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Why does Pierre Poilievre appeal to young Canadians? It’s all about economics

Pierre Poilievre’s momentum among young Canadians, if maintained, could bring the Conservative Party of Canada a notable electoral advantage in the next election.
Debris lies on the ground in front of Parliament Hill’s gates after police took action to clear Ottawa streets of trucks and protesters opposed to vaccine mandates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Anti-vax protest or insurrection? Making sense of the ‘freedom convoy’ protest

There have been bigger protests in other Canadian cities, but the so-called freedom convoy against vaccine mandates could be a sign of a rise in right-wing and libertarian sentiments.
Protesters from across Canada came to the nation’s capital in Ottawa to demonstrate against vaccine mandates and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Understanding Canada’s crisis: Has Trumpism arrived or are people just tired of pandemic restrictions?

Canada’s international reputation as a relatively peaceful country is at odds with the noisy protests by people opposed to measures aimed at preventing COVID-19.
Conservative Party interim leader Candice Bergen smiles as she rises for the first time since assuming the position during Question Period in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Replacing Erin O'Toole exposes the Conservative Party’s ever-deepening divides

Democracy benefits from the electoral viability of an alternative party on the centre-right. An unelectable, far-right Conservative Party will solidify the Liberal Party’s dominance.
Tibetans use the Olympic Rings as a prop as they hold a street protest against the 2022 Winter Olympics in Dharmsala, India on Feb. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

Trudeau should have withdrawn Canada from the 2022 Beijing Olympics after reports of Chinese residential schools

The similarities between ongoing settler-colonialism in China and the history of settler-colonialism in Canada are frighteningly similar.
Left to right, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, Finance Minister Allan MacEachen and Québec Premier René Lévesque attend the constitutional conference in Ottawa on Nov. 5, 1981 — the morning after eight premiers hastily pieced together a constitutional accord. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ron Poling

Canada inked a landmark constitutional accord 40 years ago — and it’s still causing problems

The constitutional reform agreement reached in November 1981 has produced a bitterness in national relations that lingers to this day and imposes on Canada a cost that has weakened the nation.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is joined on stage by wife Sophie Gregoire, left, and children Xavier and Ella-Grace, right, during his victory speech at Liberal party campaign headquarters in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatric

Canada’s status quo election: Trudeau returned with another minority, faces uncertain future

Justin Trudeau has been elected Canadian prime minister for the third time. But he failed to win the majority he wanted.
The emotions we attribute to party leaders on the basis of partisan affiliation may no longer hold sway in this federal election. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Seeing red and feeling blue? How emotions are colouring the federal election in unexpected ways

The emotions we attach to political affiliation are shifting during this federal election. The vote may turn out to be a master class in how a party can capture the political mood and use it to its benefit.
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, right, leaves the stage with MP candidate Chrystia Freeland after revealing his party’s election platform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

This federal election, the Liberals are outspending all the other parties combined when buying ads on Facebook

Facebook is providing information on political ad purchases during the federal election. This data provides a glimpse into how voters are targeted by political parties using social media platforms.

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