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Legislating secularism in Quebec

Secularism in Quebec. Where does it come from? Where is it going? [Issue 35, 2014]
by Guillaume Rousseau


The elephant is among us

Figures show that fear of a referendum was 
the dominant factor in the Quebec election [Issue 35, 2014]
by Jean-Francois Lisee


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Montreal slips away from the PQ

An often overlooked dimension of the 2014 Quebec election is that of metropolis versus hinterland. [Issue 35, 2014]
by Eric Hamovitch

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The Quebec election and the Internet Generation

The Parti Québécois lost Quebec’s election on April 7 – and it deserved to. [Issue 35, 2014]
by Henry Milner



Medically assisted dying

Quebec’s extraordinary citizens’ debate [Issue 35, 2014]
by Geoffrey Kelley

Palestine Grafities

The Middle East impasse

With no tricks up American sleeves, the Kerry negotiations break down [Issue 35, 2014]
by Arthur Milner


Revitalizing Global Trade: Merkel

Germany’s academic Tea Party

The 2013 German federal election produced some surprises [Issue 35, 2014]
by Philipp Harfst


How citizens became democratic consumers

In recent years, a number of journalists have published books on Canadian politics. Some are forgettable, some quite good, but one stands out from all the others. [Issue 35, 2014]
by Reg Whitaker



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



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


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



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


The eternal colony

Bangladesh’s leaders have still not understood the meaning of independence. [From Inroads 33, 2013]
by Owen Lippert