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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is lately echoing the message of Ontario Premier Doug Ford, pictured last month, that government is inherently distrustful, says Les Whittington. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The incredible shrinking country

Many of Canada’s leaders are increasingly content to pander to their constituents’ most selfish, parochial instincts. This is government in a time of small-minded populism.
Despite the increase in border crossers, Canada does not face a 'crisis' with asylum seekers, says Volker Turk.
The public safety minister’s current challenge to the right for migrants to use habeas corpus emphasizes the government’s continued assault on the rights of migrants in Canada.
I am afraid that we Canadians have already turned a blind eye to a brewing humanitarian disaster in our own backyard.
The company deserves credit for using its weight to counter Donald Trump’s race-driven smear campaign against protesting ex-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
As a democratic society, we should be debating this issue. But the talk should be about safely welcoming and successfully integrating these newcomers, not whether Canada should welcome them at all.
While the U.S. allows Indigenous peoples from Canada to freely cross south, Canada doesn’t do the same for those from the U.S. crossing north. This has caused unnecessary delays and problems at the border.
Insiders and observers weigh in on who impacts Canada’s decisions on diplomacy, trade, defence, development, and immigration.
Despite the government's review, NDP critic Jenny Kwan says ‘those gaps are still very much there.’
The challenge is wooing people to rural Canada in an era of urbanization and declining populations.
When the House returns later this month, the Roma community will be campaigning to convince Ottawa to formally recognize the genocide of the Roma who were targeted by the Nazis.
Opinion|Tim Powers
Instead, a small-minded resolution that would end birthright citizenship seems unnecessarily malicious in a country with declining birthrates and an economic need for immigrants.
Almost 50 per cent of Canadians don't think Ottawa is managing refugee claimants coming from the U.S. effectively, with two-thirds saying it's the feds' responsibility to provide funding supports, an August poll from Forum Research suggests.
‘We want to defeat Justin Trudeau. It’s the only thing we want. We just want Maxime to work with us,’ says Tory MP Pierre Paul-Hus.
In April, the Quebec government said it had projections that around 400 migrants could enter into Canada daily this summer. Recent figures indicate an average of 47 people have crossed per day.
As Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan anticipates his departure from Ottawa, he speaks on his country's recent election, its former prime minister's jailing, and relations with Canada.
Opinion|Tim Powers
Maxime Bernier has been around the Canadian political game long enough to know that spawning a debate about ‘diversity’ is going to be a big kick in the groin to Andrew Scheer.
In the perfect storm of failed peace implementation, deportations of gang members, land grabbing by agribusiness, foreign investment in conflict-generating mining projects, ill-conceived trade agreements, and the geographic shift of the drug trade, the Northern Triangle countries have descended into brutal violence. These problems require international responses, and Canada must play its part.
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