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Issue 34 – Winter / Spring 2013

Inroads_34_cover 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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The Senators and the Elephant

AN INTRODUCTION BY BOB CHODOS ON THE SENATE SECTION OF ISSUE 34 [Issue 34, 2013]
by Bob Chodos
 

 
 
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Immigration: Between two poles

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE IMMIGRATION SECTION OF ISSUE 34 BY HENRY MILNER AND JOHN RICHARDS [Issue 34, 2013]
by Henry Milner
 

 

 
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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
 

 
 
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Opening the state’s hand to the poor

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE POVERTY FEATURE SECTION OF ISSUE 34 BY JOHN RICHARDS [Issue 34, 2013]
by John Richards
 

 

 
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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
 

 
 
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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
 

 

 
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Deliberative democracy, Irish style

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

 
 
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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
 

 

 
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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
 

 
 
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W(h)ither feminism?

Susan Altschul reviews two recent books promoting the advancement of women in the business world as an occasion to reflect on 50 years of women’s attempts to “have it all.” [Issue 34, 2013]
by Susan Altschul
 

 

 
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Postmulticultural Ontario, through the eyes of a Quebecer

Bob Chodos reviews Jean-Louis Roy’s book on Ontario, which raises the question of the relationship between the majority and cultural minorities in a different context. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Bob Chodos
 

 
 
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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
 

 

 
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Making Canada’s immigrant selection policies work

In Canada, the primary purpose of immigration is regarded as being to boost the Canadian economy. Herbert Grubel proposes that economic immigrants should be admitted only if they have firm job offers in Canada. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Herbert Grubel
 

 
 
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The PQ’s toxic values brew

Columnist Reg Whitaker sees the Parti Québécois retreating into a narrow ethnic form of nationalism [Issue 34, 2013]
by Reg Whitaker
 

 

 
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Seven reasons to support (something like) the Quebec values charter

Columnist Arthur Milner finds seven reasons why something like the Quebec values charter deserves support – in Canada, not only in Quebec. [Issue 34, 2013]
by Arthur Milner
 

 
 
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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
 

 

 
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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
 

 
 
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A dubious antipoverty strategy

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