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issue 28 editorials and rejoinders

Questions of identity are central to Inroads 28. Political scientists Keith Banting, Richard Johnston, Will Kymlicka and Stuart Soroka ask whether diversity and multicultural policies can coexist with support for redistribution toward the poor and vulnerable groups. Their answer is a qualified yes. Linguistic identity underlies Charles Castonguay’s article about the relative vitality of French and English in Quebec and Ontario. Carefully analyzing 2001 and 2006 census data, he shows that French is losing ground in both provinces. Questions of identity play out in a different arena in an excerpt from Sharbari Ahmed’s novel-in-progress, Bombay Duck, which is set in Calcutta in the 1940s and brings the reader inside the communal violence that tore Calcutta apart in 1946.

 

  

 

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Lament for a notion: A response to Kevin Little

Red Tories deny the reality of modern Canada. Our successful governments have followed a more neoconservative (BC, Alberta) or social democratic (Saskatchewan, Manitoba) path. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by Dominic Cardy
 

 
 
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Red Tories: Best hope for a green restoration?

As long as liberals focus on “rights,” socialists on “equality” and Blue Tories on “the pursuit of happiness,” there will be ample room for Red Tories, who see natural limits to progress, freedom and greed. [From In...
by Kevin Little
 

 

 
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Quebec’s $7-a-day universal childcare: A few doubts

Quebec has high debt and high taxes. Perhaps Quebec should instead scale back the subsidy and consider options such as childcare targeted to Aboriginal communities and age-four kindergarten. [From Inroads 28, 2011]
by John Richards