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…

On Catherine McKenna and the Pressure to Compromise

Jonathan Kates Last week, as interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose grilled the Liberal government in the House of Commons on their yet-to-be announced decision regarding the Pacific Northwest LNG project in British Columbia, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna was giving Ambrose her answer over 5,000 kilometres away. In Richmond, B.C., with Natural Resources…

Seen and Heard: An International Women’s Day Discussion on Gender Equality

James Nelson On March 8th, I attended an International Women’s Day event hosted by The Hill Times in Ottawa to discuss gender equality and the role women play in policy making.  The International Women’s Day 2016 campaign theme, Pledge for Parity, follows the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2015, which estimates that the…

Trudeau’s Moment in the Middle East

Mohamad Yaghi In 1919, the then  US President Woodrow Wilson set up an international commission to study the Ottoman Empire’s former mandates and the Middle East’s possible future. Remarkably, Wilson’s intention and objective was to understand the grievances of the Middle East’s inhabitants and create an American policy based on their opinions. Although Wilson’s new…

Red Room Renovations: A Primer on Recent Reforms to the Senate

Alexa Greig It seems as though it was just yesterday when the Senate was facing its latest existential crisis. Canadians were frustrated by widely-publicized scandals related to the eligibility of living and travel expenses for Senators, which renewed public questioning of the quality of Senate appointees and the legitimacy of the institution itself. The Senate,…