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A historic event is unfolding in India as farmers protest en masse

By Kanwar Hazrah      

The protests are a harsh spotlight on the true nature of the populist rightwing forces that seek to harness hyper-nationalist rhetoric and majority grievance politics to give away public riches to private interests.

In Punjab farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pictured, appears to have finally met his match, writes Kanwar Hazrah. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia

The last decade has witnessed a rise of populist and strongmen leaders in many countries. The United States, India, Brazil, and the United Kingdom elected governments that rose through dog-whistle slogans against corrupt establishments. Often, these movements begin with nationalism as a tool to counter opposition and control the majority. This has turned out to be an effective strategy for seizing control in a democracy but it almost always needs an enemy to keep the base energized. Eventually, such political movements end up alienating several sections of the society. Therefore, the success is then dependent upon dividing the opposition, marginalizing the minority, and discrediting anyone who cannot be convinced. 

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Liberals move to cut short debate on UNDRIP bill after one day

The government’s time allocation motion will cut off debate on Bill C-15 after just a few speeches.

Federal support for Canada’s oil patch surged during pandemic, says new report

News|By Beatrice Paez
What is and isn’t considered a subsidy is politically charged. The government and industry are both likely to dispute or take issue with the inclusion of some, or many, of the programs to the group's tally. 

Feds target 90,000 temporary workers, international students for permanent residency this year

News|By Palak Mangat
While gaining a change in immigration status can be ‘transformational,’ the new policy does not go far enough as it excludes those not proficient in English or French, says one expert.

Feds say too early to talk opening Canada-U.S. border, but experts push for plan

News|By Neil Moss
There are a 'whole series of very complicated questions that nobody is talking about,' says border expert Edward Alden on the lack of planning for an eventual border reopening.

Has the Hill changed for women in the workplace post-#MeToo?

News|By Alice Chen
New prescribed policies, procedures forced people to think about how they were acting, creating a 'profound' change in terms of staff understanding how they need to relate in the workplace, says the PMO's Marci Surkes.

Syrian security situation used as guise for not having political will to repatriate detained Canadians, say experts

News|By Neil Moss
'I think [the Canadian government] needs to demonstrate a stronger case that there is a real security problem and it has never been able to do so,' says former diplomat Daniel Livermore.

New Senator working group to explore diversity, inclusion training in Red Chamber

Ontario ISG Senator Rosemary Moodie says the new group shows the ‘significant investment’ the Senate is putting into pursuing ‘meaningful improvement.’

Lone wolf MPs break down what it’s like to be a region’s solitary party voice

News|By Alice Chen
'It’s like you walk around and you have a target on your back … there is something a bit, not sadistic, but satisfying in getting rid of the last MP standing,' says McGill Prof. Daniel Béland.

Senate eyes filling The Chambers as renovation plans progress

More interim office space will be needed to house Senators who are set to be displaced by future renovation projects in the Parliamentary Precinct.
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