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Issue 34 Articles


Is the purpose of immigration to benefit the economy of the receiving country or to provide a better life for immigrants themselves? A pair of articles in Inroads 34 examine this question in the context of Canada, where economic considerations prevail, and Sweden, where the well-being of immigrants is the primary concern. This issue also contains lively debate and trenchant analysis on a number of other timely topics: how to fix Canada’s Senate, the Quebec values charter, policy approaches to poverty and inequality, and the world’s response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

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Syria: The questions remain

The possibility of American military intervention in Syria in response to use of chemical weapons dominated world headlines in September, and it dominated the Inroads listserv as well.
by Bob Chodos


Make the Senate less partisan

Tom Flanagan focuses attention on what should be done with Canada’s upper chamber. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Tom Flanagan



Acknowledge the elephant in the Red Chamber

Stéphane Dion on what should be done with Canada’s upper chamber. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Stéphane Dion


Revisit the Senate as it was meant to be

Vincent Pouliot proposes looking back at how the Fathers of Confederation originally conceived of the Senate to make it truly representative of the interests of the provinces. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Vincent Pouliot



Deliberative democracy, Irish style

David Farrell reports on Ireland’s experiment in deliberative democracy, the Constitutional Convention. [Issue 34, 2013]
by David M. Farrell


Unrepresented no more

Mike Medeiros and Benjamin Forest propose noncontiguous federal electoral districts as a way of increasing Aboriginal representation in Parliament. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Mike Medeiros



How the CRTC lost the internet TV war

Jeffrey Oberman explains how the internet has doomed the CRTC’s policy of limiting access to non-Canadian content on TV. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Jeffrey Oberman


The interests of immigrants first

In Sweden, immigration is regarded as being primarily for the benefit of the immigrants themselves, and admission of refugees is the main priority. Elin Naurin and Patrik Öhberg report that, despite riots in a Stockholm suburb...
by Elin Naurin



A reset for the child tax benefit system

While the policy case for child benefits is strong, our current way of delivering child benefits in Canada is broken and needs to be reset. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Kevin Milligan


It’s not just income inequality that counts

Henry Milner finds that Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are on the right track in drawing a correlation between greater equality and favourable social outcomes, but they miss the policy choices [Issue 34, 2013]
by Henry Milner



A dubious antipoverty strategy

Guaranteeing incomes for the poor is politically unfeasible and financially unsustainable [Issue 34, 2013]
by Jonathan Rhys Kesselman


Reviving poverty talk

What policies will reduce poverty – and how do we pay for them? [Issue 34, 2013]
by John Myles