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A generation that is deepening democracy

Judy Rebick believes the new generation rising up under the banners of the Quebec student strike and Occupy Wall Street are creating innovations that will profoundly deepen and broaden democracy. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Judy Rebick

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Tax policy by referendum: British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform

British Columbia’s unharmonized tax reform [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by John Richards


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Language policy 
without the emotion

With the Parti Québécois winning the September 4 general election, language politics has once again been primed in Quebec and across Canada. [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Bruce Hicks


What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement

What happened when Quebec’s 20th-century government encountered its 21st-century social movement [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Pierre-Gerlier Forest



Making policy by e-referendum

Should Canada’s political system be overhauled to incorporate 21st-century technologies? [From Inroads 32, 2013]
by Brad Kempo

Regina 1944: The CCF achieved its first major electoral breakthrough

Diverging paths?

In 2007, New Democratic Party governments in both Manitoba and Saskatchewan faced their electorates, and the two elections produced different outcomes. [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Christopher Adams



Dr. Dion, or How I learned to stop worrying 
and love Minority Government

Minority governments have become standard fare, the result of an important change in Canada’s political makeup that has not received the attention it deserves. [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Henry Milner


Stephen Harper, Canadian

Though Stephen Harper is often portrayed as a radically conservative ideologue, his policies have been less dogmatic than most observers expected.[From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Neal Carter



Enfranchising immigrants

Should noncitizen residents have the right to vote? [From Inroads 23, 2008]
by Daniel Munro


Claude Ryan’s vision and Liberal renewal

A key event for the Quebec Liberal Party and its renewal is a members’ convention scheduled for March 7–9, 2008, in Quebec City. [From Inroads 22, 2008]
by Geoffrey Kelley



The Senate reform bill:
A constitutional danger for Canada

The proposed Senate reform is ill-conceived. It will result in a harmful burdening of our federal decision-making process.
by Stéphane Dion



The Liberal Party and the Selfish Bees

Liberal policy strategies have, bee-like, historically pursued mutual benefits for Canadians as individuals and as a society, [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joyce Murray


Political chill and artistic courage

This government has created a chill, and, I would suggest, has done so intentionally. It calls opposition un-Canadian, extremist or sympathetic to child molesters. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Arthur Milner


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Dysfunctional governance: Eleven barriers to progress among Canada’s First Nations

The First Nation governance system produces a degree of dysfunction in governance that is unmatched in any other jurisdiction in Canada. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by John Graham


A decade of Nisga’a
 self-government: A positive impact, but no silver bullet

Under the Nisga’a treaty a First Nation obtained some degree of self-government. I was lead researcher in a major study of the this experiment. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Joseph Quesnel



Without policies and programs, a movement is meaningless

By exalting campaigns that appear game-changing, Roberta Lexier contributes to the myth that public protests and campaigns decide political outcomes, not hard work toward a common goal. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Dominic Cardy


Youth and the democratic deficit

Milner and Howe's research offers valuable confirmation that young citizens are largely tuned out of politics, and ill-prepared for elections. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Jared Wesley