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Issue 20 Articles

Inroads 20 takes us to Afghanistan and Canada’s commitment to that country in the form of four major contributions. Accompanying articles look at the political situation in nearby Nepal. In an important contribution to Canadian political debate, Reg Whitaker assesses the evolving situation of the Liberal party. Related to the is an analysis of issues in the recent Canadian election as well as a proposal for electoral reform. Inroads 20 also features an analysis of the Supreme Court’s “unwritten constitutional principles” as well as a discussion of how Alberta could learn from Norway and Ireland when it comes to managing its growing oil riches.




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Proportional representation, Ontario style

Ontario, like other provinces and Canada as a whole, has a winner-take-all voting system. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Wilf Day


Window of opportunity

In December 2005, Quebec became the first province to formally introduce a bill to change the electoral system when the Liberal government tabled its Avant-projet de loi sur la Loi électorale – its draft bill on electoral re...
by Jackie F. Steele



How you gonna get ’em 
back to the polls?

Low voter turnout, backed up by polling data, is sending an unmistakable message: Canadians are not satisfied with their electoral institutions. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Henry Milner

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Foreign policy: Harper’s soft underbelly

Insights from the Canadian Election Study [Issue 20, 2006]
by Joanna Everitt



The Liberals’ road back

For much of Canadian history, the Liberals have been the dominant party in federal politics. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Reg Whitaker


Canada’s Third Constitution

The Supreme Court and “unwritten principles” [Issue 20, 2006]
by Gareth Morley



Revolution as an instrument of development

The news coming out of Nepal in recent years has for the most part been grim. [Issue 20, 26]
by Dane Berry

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Nepal’s Kerensky interlude

For a few weeks in the spring of 2006, the world paid attention to Nepal, when a coalition of nominally democratic political parties and Maoist rebels united to overthrow King Gyanendra. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Dominic Cardy



Canada is ignoring 
its own advice

“Let our actions be guided by a spirit of wisdom and perseverance, by our values and our way of life. As we press the struggle, let us never, ever, forget who we are and what we stand for.” [Issue 20, 2006]
by Ernie Regehr

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A stable Afghanistan is within reach

The debate over Canada’s military deployment in Kandahar province has, until now, focused on the “why” question and the “what” question. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Hakan Tunç



Don’t leave Afghanistan in American hands

The U.S. invasion and overthrow of the Taliban government in 2001 seemed at the time to many in Canada, and in the Western nations generally, a welcome development. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Doug McArthur

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The Afghan mission is in Canada’s national interest

Five years after the Taliban regime’s demise, Afghanistan is back on the brink. [Issue 20, 2006]
by Marc André Boivin