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The United States is in deep trouble, but democracy isn’t

By Gwynne Dyer      

The United States is the oldest democracy, but it’s a pretty primitive one. Consider the antique and ridiculous electoral college, or the rudimentary social welfare system, or the fact that it has the most gerrymandered electoral districts on the planet.

President Donald J. Trump, pictured Nov. 24, 2020, pardoning 'Corn' as the 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey, during the annual pardoning of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the Rose Garden of the White House. Polarization of the kind America is experiencing now is disruptive and tenacious, but it tends to be intergenerational (this episode certainly is), and generational turnover usually erases it in 10 or 20 years. The sixties passed, and, in all likelihood, so will this, writes Gwynne Dyer. Official White House Photograph by Shealah Craighead

LONDON, U.K.—There’s no hurricane coming, but the windows of downtown Washington, D.C., are covered with plywood. They were initially boarded up due to fear of street violence during the election, but that fear lingers three weeks after the vote, because the restaurateurs and shop owners (whose premises remain open behind the plywood) think the violence could still happen.

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Trudeau’s mini-shuffle a ‘game of dominoes,’ say politicos

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The changes weren’t made in a vacuum, says Lori Turnbull, director of the School of Public Administration at Dalhousie University.

100 days in, Greens’ leader Paul says she’s close to homing in on where to run

News|By Beatrice Paez
Mobilizing younger voters, especially millennials, would be a 'political windfall' for the Greens, especially in ridings where left-leaning voters have a say in the outcome, says Nik Nanos.

House and Senate joint committees haven’t met since 2019

News|By Neil Moss
'We simply have to find the bandwidth for the joint committee to meet virtually or in a hybrid format,' says Independent Senator Yuen Pau Woo, who is designated to become co-chair of the Scrutiny of Regulations Joint Co

Only, but not lonely: former broadcaster and political rookie Marci Ien brings community to solitary House role

News|By Paige Peacock
She follows former MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who also sat as the only Black woman in the House of Commons between 2015 and 2019.

No deal yet on remote House proceedings, with app process and Chamber-wide testing still to be resolved

A House-wide test of the new remote voting application developed by the administration has yet to take place, and questions on how exactly voting by app would work and look in the Chamber remain to be ironed out.

Federal departments miss quarter of annual targets, with Transportation Safety Board, National Defence among poorest performers

In 2019-20, federal departments and agencies met 1,352 performance targets, missed 556, and tracked 431 more that didn’t have available results.

Twitter’s crackdown on Trump ‘a Band-Aid on a wound,’ say politicos

News|By Palak Mangat
Liberal MP Ken Hardie, former broadcaster, says he doesn't want to see lawmakers or social media companies 'running rampant over free expression,' but there is a 'fine line' that needs to be walked.

NCC proposal for new embassy row could boost diplomatic presence away from the Hill

News|By Neil Moss
The NCC has proposed building six new embassies in the Mechanicsville neighbourhood, which would increase the diplomatic presence west of downtown Ottawa.

Bloc MP Gill tops MP spending for first half of 2020-21

News|By Alice Chen
New disclosure reports for MP spending contain more information about travel and associated costs in a one-report format.
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