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Issue 20 – Winter / Spring 2006


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


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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Beyond the illusion of Rolpa’s Tar Bar

It’s tempting to be sanguine about the future of our country. A lasting peace seems imminent. But is it? [Issue 20, 2006]
by Shrishti Rana

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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


The mountain kingdoms

by John Richards



Embarrassment of riches

Can Alberta learn from Norway and Ireland? [Issue 20, 2006]
by Paul Delany