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Election 2019

Four axes of polarization in election 2019

By Andrew Cardozo      

When moderate and progressive governments lose touch, they leave vacuums that can be filled by others. It leaves fertile ground for those with solutions that are populist and simple, that blame elites, or particular groups. It pits people against each other. 'They are the cause of your problems.'

Anti-migration groups, pictured on the Hill on Dec. 8, 2018, including La Muete, Soldiers of Odin, Storm Alliance protesting Canada signing the UN Global Compact on Migration. Andrew Cardozo says in this election campaign there are four axes of polarization that can be grouped together: economic, climate, regional, and diversity. And while they each play out differently, they do converge in a left-right political axis. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Increased polarization is the trend in democracies the world over and Canada is no exception. Our extremes may not be as stark, or are they?

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