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Are voter identification and expatriate voting problems?

Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Despite what the Liberals have suggested and Elections Canada alleges, the voter identification requirements introduced by the Harper government’s Fair Elections Act proved not to be serious impediments to voter turnout.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
This does not mean that hard bargaining regarding NAFTA between Canada and the United States will not take place but it does telegraph that quarrelling with Canada is not a priority for the Trump administration.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Donald Trump's persona and outsider status appealed to voters who have never left American soil, who had had enough of the Clintons and the Democrats, and who wanted to shake up a gridlocked Washington. Washington, it turns out, is shaking up Mr. Trump.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
The committee studying electoral reform may as well recommend no change and save Canadians the cost of an inessential exercise and the trouble of trooping to the polls once again.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Donald Trump’s campaign may not be uplifting but his codswallop is certainly spellbinding.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Impossible conditions prevail in Iraq. However, Canada does not want to be offside with its historic allies so it continues to contribute to a multinational enterprise.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
In Iraq as in Afghanistan, the military efforts of Canada and the West are alas doomed to fail. Canada’s military leaders know this but their obligatory submission to civilian control prevents them from saying so publicly.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
The party is in no danger of disappearing but it will be hard pressed in the next election to argue credibly, as it could at the beginning of the last campaign, that it has any chance of forming the government.
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Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Long before Parliament’s dissolution in 2015, the Conservatives had run so many election ads that the official 'campaign' period meant much less than it once had—the standard had been 60 days in most elections until the rationale of shorting the campaign period to 37 days led to the use of a permanent voters list in 1997.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
The appointments had been published in the Canada Gazette before the election campaign began. If the appointments were as flagrant an abuse as the Liberals claimed, they ought to have raised the issue during the election campaign.
Opinion|By Nelson Wiseman
Watch for the yet-to-be-appointed parliamentary committee to recommend a referendum and for the public to vote against change because they generally opt for the devil they know. More talk and less action on electoral reform is once again in store.

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