Legislative Electoral Systems’ Effect on Gender Parity

Maya Efrati The saying is that women hold up half the sky. But if that’s the case, they must be doing so silently – at least in government. Women’s representation, even in Western and supposedly equal nations, is dismal; gender inequality is a problem in legislative systems around the world. Worldwide, the average representation of…

Trump is a sore loser—and it’s hurting America’s democracy

Madeline Rowland The 2016 presidential election has become something of a spectator sport for Canadians. We have watched with a mix of horror and schadenfreude as Donald Trump rallies a sizeable base using little more than overt racism, scare tactics, and his (not so tremendous) business record. Watching the democratic process run its course this…

The Political Advantage of Islamophobia

Saad Omar Khan The imagery in Donald Trump’s latest campaign commercial speaks for itself: a horde of people at an airport passport control line dissolving into a picture of armed terrorists in balaclavas, overlaid with the words “Temporary Ban on Muslims Entering U.S.” in bold, block letters. The imagery and tone of this commercial is…

The Paris Attacks and the New Paradigm of Terrorism

Saad Omar Khan No matter what cause one defends, it will suffer permanent disgrace if one resorts to blind attacks on crowds of innocent people. -Albert Camus The evening of November 13, 2015 was the bloodiest single night of terror Europe has faced in years, with a reported body count of 129 deaths as of…

TRUDEAU’S FIRST CHAPTER: TWO LIBERALS WEIGH IN

Jonathan Kates & Ali Nasser Virji Well, Canada. We have a new Prime Minister. Following the longest campaign in modern history, Canadian voters endowed the Liberal Party of Canada with a majority of parliament’s seats. For the greater part of this calendar year, Canadian political parties inundated voters with lofty promises. Now that he has…