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Issue 31 Editorial and rejoinders

Undoubtedly the most urgent issues of governance in Canada today concern Aboriginal people. Two linked articles examine some of these issues. John Graham casts a spotlight on 11 features of First Nation governance that, in combination, act as “a significant brake on achieving better results for First Nation communities.” Joseph Quesnel takes a close look at one particular First Nation, the Nisga’a of northwestern British Columbia, who in 1998 signed a treaty that granted them effective self-government. How has that worked out? Quesnel finds “very compelling evidence for improvements in various areas under self-government,” but warns against thinking of self-government as a “silver bullet.” Questions of First Nation governance are raised by David Adams Richards in his 2011 novel Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul in a very different way – through a murder mystery. We present two reviews of Richards’s novel – by Joseph Quesnel, who pays particular attention to governance questions, and by Nicole O’Byrne, who looks at more universal themes.

 

  

 

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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
 

 
 
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Scandinavia or France? Where does the Quebec student strike lead?

Quebec's student strike leads not to Scandinvian higher education but to that in France, Quebec’s students should ask their confrères and consœurs from France if that is the direction they should take. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Henry Milner
 

 

 
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Tom Mulcair, prime minister in waiting?

Mulcair’s job is to present a credible, viable alternative to the team on the opposing front benches. No previous NDP leaders faced this challenge. [From Inroads 31, 2012]
by Henry Milner