Here’s what’s at stake: climate change policies, pharmacare, basic income or a living wage, housing and homelessness, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and multilateralism on the world stage.
•Critics of the Liberal government's national strategy to combat racism should also understand the context.
•In the Canadian quest for harmony, here are a few milestones and policies to keep in mind: we've had an official bilingual policy since 1969 (Trudeau), a multiculturalism policy since 1971 (Trudeau) and a Multiculturalism Act since 1988 (Mulroney). A Charter of Rights and Freedoms since 1983 (Trudeau), a Canadian Race Relations Foundation since 1988 (Mulroney). We welcomed Vietnamese boat people in 1979-80 (Clark), recognized the Quebecois as a nation in 2006 (Harper) and issued an apology for residential schools in 2008 (Harper). And then we have the Indian Act which pre-dates Confederation and is still in effect today. These are just a few, and none happened without their supporters and their critics.
So a feminist budget is about women and may appeal politically more to women and girls, but make no mistake, men and boys benefit too.
Work at the minimum wage and the low end of spectrum is becoming more precarious. The developing precariat, the modern day proletariat, are not just our kids in university, they are our neighbours, our siblings, our spouses—they are us.
In a world where the nature of war is changing so much, with clearly identified state actors to a variety of non-state antagonists, the nature of peacekeeping is becoming a lot more difficult.
Pearson Centre president and Carleton University professor Andrew Cardozo weighs-in on the Generation Energy conference in Winnipeg.
Conservative MPs continued to push back zeroing in on their concern with naming Islamophobia, a canard if there ever was one.
We need to welcome the debate and not hurl insults at those we disagree with. This is an opportunity to understand discrimination present and past. Second, as we become a more egalitarian and diverse society, the dominant group and culture cannot have the only say or the final say on who and what is important.