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The desire for change is changing politics

By Gerry Nicholls      

Canadian voters wanted change. So what explains this strong desire for change? The answer, I think, is that as a society we’re growing disillusioned with government. And what’s causing this disillusionment is we expect government to fix everything.

Meanwhile, here in Canada, we elected Justin Trudeau prime minister despite his lack of experience, mainly because his charismatic, rock-star persona was such a stark contrast to Stephen Harper’s unrelenting dullness. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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OAKVILLE, ONT.—The trendiest word in the political lexicon these days is “change.” Everywhere you look, political parties are inserting this term into their electoral messaging. “It’s Time for a Change," “Change you can count on," “Change That Works," “Change That Matters," “Our Change is Better than their Change.” The question is, why do political strategists believe this word has such persuasive power? Of course, the superficial answer to that question is all governments have a limited “shelf life,"

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