What Budget 2017 means for young Canadians

Natalie Brunet & Caleb Holden Last March, a careful listener might have been able to pick out the collective sigh of Canadian youth as they realized that the Trudeau Government’s first budget – touted as his chance to deliver on the many promises in the Liberal platform directed at 18-24 year olds – had come…

Long Overdue: Assessing the State of Canada’s Infrastructure Deficit

Rohan Balram Every day, over 6,000 commuters travel to and from central Toronto by the Gardiner Expressway. Although the Gardiner is clearly a key piece of transportation infrastructure, it has been left to deteriorate for more than a decade. Despite reports of falling debris every winter, most government action has manifested itself in scattered efforts…

Electoral Reform: A Case of Orchestrated Failure?

Natalie Brunet Shortly after coming to power, the federal Liberal government announced in their Speech from the Throne that 2015 would be the “last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post [FPTP] voting system.”  Motivation for change The main argument advanced against FPTP systems is that they often produce significant distortion between the number of seats…

A new era of Canadian Politics? “Real Change” is coming up short

Jonathan Kates  After experiencing an unprecedented first year of manicured popularity, it appears the honeymoon may be fading. The end of summer 2016 and subsequent return to Parliament have so far not been kind to Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government. A series of recent expense scandals, personnel slip-ups and some backtracking on key promises have them headed towards…

Constructing Trudeau: A Picture Perfect Honeymoon

Ali Nasser Virji Sitting in the E.J. Pratt Library days before the one-year anniversary of Justin Trudeau’s convincing ascent to power, Jonathan tapped my shoulder and pointed to his computer screen. The Prime Minister, apparently, had never met Drake, but feels that the Toronto icon is “really good” at “what he does.” “Don’t you find…