Add Women, Change Politics

by Hiba Siddiqui Every year, the Women In House Program at the University of Toronto provides a platform for female students across a range of undergraduate and graduate programs to share the daily lives of parliamentarians. It is an innovative way to promote greater female representation in government and to encourage young females to pursue positions […]

Opportunity Knocks: Ending Homelessness in Canada

Amanda Buchnea  New developments around Canadian federal housing policy bring the nation to a crossroads in which we must ask: Is Canada ready and willing to take the steps necessary to end homelessness? A number of events and announcements from throughout November 2016 suggest that the answer could be ‘yes’. The 2016 National Conference on […]

The Modern Role of Political Staff

Political staffers, aides, and “exempt staff” are too often maligned in Canadian politics. Neither elected nor independently hired on merit, and with salaries paid by government revenues, they have exclusive access to elected officials at the very heart of decision-making. Despite their reputation as shadowy figures wielding undue power, in reality, staffers perform a plethora of crucial tasks: from coordinating and ensuring delivery on electoral mandates and advising politicians, to communicating political decisions and engaging with stakeholders.