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Justin Trudeau says he has trade with the U.S. under control—and it’s all thanks to his friendship with Donald Trump

On 'Trumpdeau' and the politics of trade between Canada and America

Amy van den Berg@vandenba

On July 1, President Donald Trump posted a tweet congratulating Canada on its 150th anniversary and referred to the prime minister as “my new found friend @JustinTrudeau.” This might seem odd, especially in light of recent disagreements between the two leaders over the Paris climate accord and Trump’s threats to ditch the 20-year-old North American Free […] More »
May-June 2017

Do Canada’s sanctuary cities actually help refugees?

According to some activists, the declaration is meaningless

Lindsay Kneteman

It sounds lovely, but is declaring one’s town a “sanctuary city” anything more than just a feel-good label? While there is no official definition for “sanctuary city,” it’s understood to be a community in which undocumented people can access services, such as housing and health care, without fear of being asked about their immigration status. […] More »
May-June 2017

What the heck is proportional representation?

And why is Justin Trudeau so scared of it?

Dave Meslin@meslin

“We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post.” With these words, Justin Trudeau breathed hope and possibility into the hearts of Canadians who feel tired, disappointed, and frustrated by our broken democracy. Eighteen months later, his party walked away from that commitment to upend a system […] More »
May-June 2017

Inside the Conservative leadership race’s biggest blunders

From strange breastfeeding stories to uncomfortable campaign videos

Allison Baker

The Conservative leadership race ends this Saturday, May 27. In the months leading up to the big day, This collected some of the worst uh-oh moments from candidates: Deepak Obhrai’s French made a lacklustre appearance at the January 17 debate in Quebec City, featuring a lot of finger-stabbing, repetition of poorly pronounced words (“bonsoir, bonsoir, bonsoir”), and […] More »
May-June 2017

Q&A: Zool Suleman, immigration lawyer, on the Safe Third Country Agreement

In the Trump era, should Canada rethink its policy on accepting refugees from the U.S.?

Carine Abouseif@carineabouseif

In January, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order that restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, stopped refugee admission for 120 days, and banned all Syrian refugees indefinitely. Days later, a federal judge blocked the ban. That didn’t stop Trump, who unveiled a revised ban in March that continued to prevent immigration […] More »
March-April 2017

Should Canadians still pledge their allegiance to the Queen?

For some, the British monarch doesn’t represent their values—or the country they call home

Julienne Bay@juliennebay

Inside the Citizenship and Immigration Centre in Toronto, about 90 people from the various corners of the world chattered enthusiastically and clicked camera shutters. They knew that morning, June 20, 2016, was going to be a memorable one: they would start their new lives as Canadians. My spouse, Sid, was also there, flipping through his […] More »

Here’s what Conservative leadership hopefuls have to say about labour

Spoiler alert: You're not going to love their proposed policies

Nora Loreto@NoLore

Thinking about @justinpjtrudeau and his plan to plunge #Canada into a $1.5 trillion bankruptcy. Wow I have to get rid of this this guy in 2019! A post shared by Kevin O’Leary (@kevinolearyshark) on Mar 3, 2017 at 2:13pm PST Kevin O’Leary, the Boston-based former CBC personality said that if he were ever elected, he […] More »
March-April 2017

What are Canadian politicians saying about supervised injection sites?

A look throughout the country, city by city

This Magazine

Vancouver’s Insite facility. Photo courtesy of Vancouver Coastal Health. Ottawa: The feds “I’ve made it very clear to my department that there should be no unnecessary barriers for communities who want to open supervised consumption sites.”—Jane Philpott, federal health minister Progress report Bill C-37 was tabled in December 2016 to simplify the process of opening […] More »

COMIC: Behind the scenes of that infamous Kellie Leitch video

Wait, is this angle better?

Hana Shafi@hanashafi

OPINION: What Canadians can take away from three days of protest in Washington

Tannara Yelland reports from D.C. on protests surrounding the inauguration of President Donald Trump—and what Canadians should be worrying about

Tannara Yelland@tyelland

Women’s march in Washington. Last weekend, Washington, D.C. was the locus of celebrations marking the transfer of presidential power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump. The traditional ceremonies—from the swearing-in and the inaugural parade along Pennsylvania Avenue to the plethora of balls and galas—coincided with events such as the “Deploraball,” organized by members of the […] More »

Everything you need to know about the federal Conservative leadership frontrunners

The party will be electing a new leader in May 2017

Jeremy Appel@jerapp3

The Conservative Party of Canada’s leadership race, scheduled to conclude in May 2017, is off to an inauspicious start. Between fights in the name of “Canadian values” and hot takes on same-sex marriage, the candidates appear to be competing to see who can advocate the most regressive policies, with a few notable exceptions. This takes […] More »