Tagged Justin Trudeau

New USMCA trade deal provides few benefits for Canadians

By Kayle Van’t Klooster, October 11 2018 — After nearly two years of negotiation and non-stop posturing from political leaders, there is finally a new agreement to govern trade between Canada, the United States and Mexico — the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). Unfortunately for Canadians, it doesn’t seem like we really got much from the debacle. Prime…

With pipeline decision, Trudeau crosses the Rubicon

By Wyatt Schierman, June 15 2018 —  Justin Trudeau has a penchant for Roman history. His eulogy to his late father opened with the Shakespearean line, “Friends, Romans, countrymen” from the play Julius Caesar. His son, Hadrien, shares his name with one of the ‘five good emperors’ of Roman history. Using a Roman analogy the…

Calgary should rethink stifling weed bylaws

May 4, 2018 — A lot of fuss has been made about the forthcoming legalization of recreational cannabis by the government of Canada. The way Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government pursued the substance’s legalization allows all three levels of government to make some decisions about legalization processes in their jurisdictions — and that’s to say nothing about…

Canadian government should not reopen constitution

By Wyatt Schierman, November 28 2017 — Jean-Marc Fournier, Quebec’s Minister of Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie, recently came to the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy to speak with students about his province’s relationship with the rest of Canada. The end of his presentation was perplexing. He made many long-winded statements on…

Pope residential school apology could have symbolic impact on indigenous students

By Jennifer Khil, June 07 2017 — Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau asked Pope Francis to apologize for the Catholic Church’s role in Canadian residential schools. The request was one of 94 recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Trudeau promised action on each recommendation, though he cannot guarantee the Pope’s cooperation. “[An apology] would…

Multiple perspectives valuable in politics

By Jesse Stilwell, February 7 2017 — Lately, many of us have observed or taken part in heated political discussions. Events like the terrorist attack at a mosque in Quebec City, Trump’s travel ban and even Justin Trudeau’s cross country speaking tour can bring out deeply held political values that divide friendships and hurt relationships…

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