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Issue 30 – Winter / Spring 2012

The May 2011 federal election was a political watershed. In Inroads 30, some of Canada’s most knowledgeable observers reflect on what changed in Canadian politics as a result of the election. Reg Whitaker concludes that there is a centre-left majority in Canada that requires cooperation between the Liberals and the NDP for effective political expression. Garth Stevenson argues that the NDP’s imperative is not to cooperate with the Liberals but to displace them permanently as a viable alternative to the governing Conservatives. Dominic Cardy looks to the way Tony Blair transformed the British Labour Party for a model of how the NDP needs to change. Focusing on the Conservatives, Tom Flanagan suggests that Quebec will no longer drive the federal political agenda.




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Without policies and programs, a movement is meaningless

By exalting campaigns that appear game-changing, Roberta Lexier contributes to the myth that public protests and campaigns decide political outcomes, not hard work toward a common goal. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Dominic Cardy



Youth and the democratic deficit

Milner and Howe's research offers valuable confirmation that young citizens are largely tuned out of politics, and ill-prepared for elections. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Jared Wesley


One person, one vote? The growing erosion of urban voting power in British Columbia

The gap in proportions of voters in urban constituencies and rural constituencies has risen dramatically in British Columbia. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by John Richards



Back to the 1950s: The Liberals and PQ are making a mockery of Quebec’s electoral map

The latest revision of Quebec’s electoral map should have taken less than a year, but took four. Efforts by the Commission de la Représentation Électorale to make boundaries reflect population were stymied by the PLQ and PQ...
by Paul Cliche


The political codes of the prairies

By repeating certain themes during provincial campaign rituals, the parties in the prairies established and perpetuated powerful codes that continue to shape the nature of each province’s politics. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by David McGrane



As ripe for storytelling as Dickens’s London: Novels inspired by South Asian cities

Five of the world’s ten largest cities are in South Asia. They display jarring extremes of abject poverty and extreme wealth, of ancient communal conflicts and newfound industrial productivity. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by John Richards


The hum of human cities

The “creative city” touted by Glaeser or Richard Florida may be the exception that proves the rule. A dominant tendency in American culture has been the pursuit of mobility and outward expansion. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Paul Delany



Vancouver and the insatiable automobile

The streetcar city may have been the best way human beings have found to build aspirational urban fabric. Adjusted for our times, the pre-Motordom city can serve as the model for the post-Motordom city. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Gordon Price


Kashmir: The regional imperative

In the struggle between India and Pakistan over this disputed territory, the Kashmiri people have been ignored. The first of two articles [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Gautam Navlakha


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Canada’s capital – 1: Getting the capital’s governance right

The main challenge facing the federal capital region is that it serves many quite different constituencies: various local populations as well as the Canadian citizenry as a whole. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Gilles Paquet


Canada’s capital-2: Planning a capital for all Canadians

The capital of a bilingual, multicultural Canadian federation must adapt national symbols, renaming geographic features, support national sports, celebrate culture and promote shared values. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by David Gordon



In the end, the election was about issues

How Canadians felt about a handful of issues – Afghanistan, the long gun registry, Quebec’s place in the constitution and the role of the private sector in health care – had measurable effects on their 2011 vote choice. [...
by Peter Loewen


Quebec’s Quiet Revolution came at a heavy cost

In the immediate postwar period, Quebec enjoyed substantial advantages. It exploited them to meet short-term objectives as laid out by Fortin. The consequence was the dilapidation of human, social, cultural and economic capital...
by Gary Caldwell


Jack Layton

The NDP: Can it break the Liberal/Conservative monopoly of power?

What will be the consequences for Canadian government and politics if the NDP does in fact succeed in breaking the Liberal/Conservative monopoly of power? [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Garth Stevenson


To merge or not to merge

Under a Liberal-NDP temporary strategic coalition the parties would agree not to run candidates in constituencies in which the other party is incumbent and, should the parties form a government, they would implement PR. [From I...
by Arthur Milner


Rea and

The Liberals: The strange death of the political centre

Something very important has happened: the disintegration of the political centre. One need not have any loyalty or emotional attachment to the Liberal Party to conclude that this is not necessarily good news. [From Inroads 30,...
by Reg Whitaker


The NDP – 2: Choosing the leader of a very tribal party

Will the New Democrats new and old will break our tradition of back-room dealing, and openly confront some serious questions: Tom Mulcair is best placed to answer these questions. [From Inroads 30, 2012]
by Dominic Cardy