The theme section of Inroads 42 casts a spotlight on British Columbia, where a new NDP-Green government faces numerous challenges. None is more urgent than the decision on whether to build the controversial Site C dam: Marvin Shaffer examines the government’s options. Also looming is a referendum on electoral reform: David Moscrop looks at what‘s at stake. Other features include Pierre Fortin’s assessment of Quebec’s 20-year-old universal childcare policy, Eric Shaw’s look back at Britain’s surprising election and ahead at the difficult Brexit negotiations, and reports on Catalonia’s standoff with the Spanish government and the Czech Republic’s embrace of a superrich populist.
In Britain’s June 2017 general election, the Labour Party achieved a result that far exceeded expectations. However, as the negotiations for Brexit became the focus of postelection British politics, the issues involved exposed multiple fractures in the party that the leadership will not find easy to manage.
There is a profound malaise in contemporary Western politics and you, dear reader, are likely part of the problem. Such is the claim of Joan Williams’s powerful new book, White Working Class. While the book is primarily an attempt to explain the victory of Donald Trump to a stunned liberal America, it finds resonance in other Western democracies, Canada included.