A New Era of Brazilian Politics: The Election of Jair Bolsonaro

by Daniel Blazekovic Fernando Haddad hopelessly watched as 57 million Brazilians marked their support for Jair Bolsonaro, who will lead the world’s fourth largest democracy for the next four years. On October 28, 2018, Jair Bolsonaro – a right-wing populist – was elected President of Brazil after receiving 55.1% of the popular vote. It is…

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…

Restoring the Tree of Life: Facing Hate through Policy

by Myra Lisselle Wein From sundown Friday night to sundown Saturday night, Jews commemorate the Sabbath, a day of rest. Yet on the morning of Saturday October 27th, that day of rest was shattered by a massacre in a Pittsburgh congregation; a devastating reminder of the hard truth that anti-Semitism is alive and well. Among…

Exploring Alternatives to the Universal Basic Income

Andrew Abballe and Jonathan Kates If you’ve been following any discussion of 21st century economic adaptation, you’ve likely come across the term “universal basic income” (UBI).  This is the concept that every person in a given jurisdiction will receive a minimum weekly or monthly payment, regardless of how much they work, or any income they…

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…

Transit and Tax Credits: A Lesson in Preparing Your Audience

Jonathan Kates  Immediately following the release of Budget 2017, I found myself caught up in a whirlwind of opposing viewpoints thanks to the Liberal government’s discontinuation of the Public Transit Tax Credit (PTTC). Normally, I would welcome such discussion, but in this case, it quickly became apparent that members were sorting themselves into two groups….