Oh, Justin Trudeau, what crisis have you baked up for yourself now?

Fresh from a string of mini scandals and a humiliating election win, the photogenic Canadian Prime Minister has inadvertently handed his citizens another reason to ridicule him.

In what was probably an earnest attempt to satisfy the sweet tooth of his Liberal cabinet colleagues, Trudeau posted a photo of himself on Twitter Monday carrying several boxes of pastries from the Winnipeg gourmet doughnut shop, Oh Doughnuts. To make matters worse for loyalists of Canada’s popular, iconic, and non-gourmet doughnut chain, Tim Hortons, Trudeau referred to his doughnut haul as «some of Winnipeg’s best.»…  Seguir leyendo »

What was initially expected to be a diverse and dynamic race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada is proving anything but. The number of interested candidates seems to be shrinking by the day.

As I’ve discussed previously, structural barriers play a significant role in keeping the Conservative bench so spare. The de facto rule that any person seeking the leadership of a Canadian political party — and thus the prime ministership — must be fluent in English and French is proving a particularly visible glass ceiling this time around. Some rare but useful public pushback on the role of bilingualism in Canadian politics has been the result.…  Seguir leyendo »


¿La experiencia canadiense ofrece lecciones que favorecen más a la causa federalista o unionista que a la independentista?


A menudo, la experiencia canadiense es presentada como el referente internacional a la hora de abordar conflictos identitarios en el seno de un estado democrático. Sin embargo, es frecuente encontrar visiones idealizadas de dicha experiencia, ya sea en clave federalista o nacionalista, que tienden a magnificar ciertos elementos, olvidando algunos de los claroscuros que esta presenta. Dado que España no ha sido inmune a esta tendencia, en este análisis se pretende explorar algunos de los elementos de la experiencia canadiense que pueden ser de interés para modelos como el español, pues sus lecciones podrían ayudar a desarrollar políticas a través de las que conseguir un correcto acomodo de las diferentes sensibilidades territoriales, reduciendo el apoyo a la secesión y evitando la quiebra del sistema constitucional.…  Seguir leyendo »

New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh listens to people tell their stories about racism during a campaign stop in Toronto in September. Photograph: Adrian Wyld/AP

Scores of supporters rallied together in Edmonton, Alberta, last week, in solidarity with the family of an 11-year-old-boy who was racially profiled for wearing a durag at school.

On 12 September, Emmell Summerville, a sixth-grade student at Christ the King school, was asked to remove the durag because it “contravened school policy that states no caps, bandanas or hats are allowed in the school”.

But it’s not the request that’s truly appalling, it’s everything that happens after it. As the boy later described to his mother, Una Momolu, he was accused of being a gang member by a school resource officer, who suggested that the item of clothing connoted some kind of “affiliation” with gangs.…  Seguir leyendo »

By any stretch of the imagination, Justin Trudeau, the steward of the family brand, had a humiliating election night.

Not only was Trudeau’s Liberal Party forced by voters to accept a demotion to a minority government — grabbing just 157 of 338 seats in the House of Commons — but about two-thirds of the country voted against him. His party’s share of the popular vote clocked in at just 33.1 % — less than the 34.4% earned by the rival the Conservative Party of Canada and its leader Andrew Scheer. (Despite receiving a greater percentage of the vote, the Conservative Party picked up 36 fewer seats than the Liberals.)…  Seguir leyendo »

Campañas y más campañas. Parece que estamos sumidos en continuas campañas electorales con sus correspondientes promesas electorales, eslóganes y ataques entre candidatos. Bien lo sabemos en España que llevamos desde el mes de abril -o más bien desde junio del 2018 con la moción de censura contra Rajoy que llevó a Sánchez a La Moncloa- en una dinámica electoral en el que los partidos y líderes políticos ponen en práctica incansablemente sus estratagemas para conseguir el respaldo de los ciudadanos y futuros votantes, a la par que viven pegados a las encuestas. La sensación de estar en una campaña permanente no es algo exclusivo de nuestro país.…  Seguir leyendo »

‘Trudeau promised big but delivered small.’ Justin Trudeau at a campaign rally in Montreal, October 2019. Photograph: Valerie Blum/EPA

How far Justin Trudeau’s star has fallen. In 2015, the rise of this hopey-changey wunderkind was supposed to usher in a bold new Canadian era: democratic reform, ambitious climate action, a plan to tackle inequality, and a new, respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples. But his Liberal party’s bid for re-election, ahead of the election on Monday, looks altogether different: this campaign is dominated by warnings, in ominous tones, about the threat posed by a resurgent, rightwing Conservative party.

It’s not hard to understand why. Trudeau’s leftwing posturing has been exposed as a sham. His widely hyped tax hike on the richest 1% was actually a giveaway to the next richest 10% of Canadians.…  Seguir leyendo »

Trumps new trade deal with Canada and Mexico is just what we need

The prospects for Congress ratifying a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada improved last month when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, «we’re moving ahead» and expressed hope for «a continuing path to yes.»

No trade agreement is ever perfect. But the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the trade deal that could replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), is an improvement over NAFTA in several respects, especially when it comes to workers’ rights and the environment.

Drafted in the early 1990s, NAFTA helped grow the US economy — as well as that of Canada and Mexico — and strengthened regional integration to an unprecedented level.…  Seguir leyendo »

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It all started so promisingly. It’s hard to forget the bright, warm day in early November 2015, when Justin Trudeau, in a perfectly fitted suit and with perfectly tousled hair, strolled with his new cabinet members to the steps of Rideau Hall, opened to the public to witness the swearing-in ceremony of Canada’s new Liberal Party prime minister. Onlookers took in the equal number of male and female ministers, the first gender-balanced federal cabinet in Canadian history. “Because it’s 2015,” Trudeau explained, a line soon celebrated in the columns of newspapers across the world.

His cabinet of outdoor enthusiasts promised to “give to our children and grandchildren a country even more beautiful, sustainable, and prosperous than the one we have now.”…  Seguir leyendo »

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his bid for re-election on Wednesday. He is globally prominent, but his popularity has ebbed in Canada.CreditCreditDave Chan/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Just as American presidents tend to get re-elected, Canadian prime ministers almost never get turned out by voters after their first terms. The last time it happened to a leader with a majority government behind him was during the Great Depression.

But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who officially announced his campaign for re-election on Wednesday, is well aware of a time when it almost happened. His father, Pierre Trudeau, went to bed on election night in 1972 fearing he’d lost. Trudeau père had swept to power four years earlier on a wave of Kennedyesque popularity — “like a stone through a stained-glass window,” in the words of one writer.…  Seguir leyendo »

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls found that an ongoing genocide of Indigenous peoples constitutes a root cause of the violence that is currently being perpetrated against Indigenous women and girls. Genocide is a centerpiece of the National Inquiry’s report, which argues that colonial violence is ongoing, not just a legacy of the past. Its 231 Calls for Justice reflect the legal obligation to stop genocide through a range of policy and process changes.

Numbers are difficult to ascertain, as they keep growing, but nearly two decades of studies and reports in Canada have uncovered more than 1,200 names of Indigenous women who are known to have been killed or who have simply disappeared.…  Seguir leyendo »

Après avoir fait campagne sur le thème d’une «Europe qui protège» et qui lutte contre le changement climatique, le gouvernement français s’apprêterait en urgence à ratifier le Ceta – le Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement –, un accord commercial dit de «nouvelle génération» entre l’Union européenne et le Canada, espérant que la torpeur de l’été ait raison de la mobilisation citoyenne.

Or, l’incompatibilité du Ceta avec les engagements de l’accord de Paris sur le climat a été démontrée par la Commission d’experts mandatés par le gouvernement français. Leur rapport annonçait la hausse des émissions de gaz à effet de serre en raison notamment de la multiplication des flux internationaux, de la promotion d’un modèle agricole moins-disant sur le plan environnemental et de l’augmentation des investissements dans des industries polluantes telles que le pétrole issu des sables bitumineux.…  Seguir leyendo »

Hyperbole is the currency of the desperate — and the lead-up to the Canadian government’s decision on the Trans Mountain expansion project has been witness to a brisk trade among those who suggest that approving the pipeline’s twinning is essential to the economy and national unity.

The project’s supporters have suggested that it is non-negotiable. Opponents counter that the whatever the promised return, the price is too high — for the climate, the western coastline and for Canada’s indigenous peoples. David Anderson, a former Liberal cabinet minister who was the country’s longest-serving minister of the environment, went as far as to say there’s no business case for the expansion.…  Seguir leyendo »

Canada’s long-awaited report on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) was released last week. Its central finding, that Canada is engaged in a “deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide,” has received cool reception from press and politician alike.

Reporters were initially quick to credulously repeat the study’s accusation, but more skeptical coverage now dominates, and editorial pages are filled with dissent. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially sought to avoid stating whether he believed the genocide charge was true, only to finally concede, with lawyerly carefulness, that “we accept their findings, including that what happened amounts to genocide” — though the report was speaking in the present tense.…  Seguir leyendo »

A woman holds an eagle feather during the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Gatineau, Quebec, on June 3. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

When I was in university in 2006, I would go for lunch with a friend named Casey after class. We would sit and discuss politics, books, lectures and so on. I should mention that Casey was a white woman raised in Toronto with very little experience with indigenous peoples, whereas I was (am) an indigenous woman who has lived on both sides of the border arbitrarily separating my peoples’ territory between the United States and Canada.

Casey had no idea about residential schools, the state- and church-run institutions where Canada forcefully held thousands of indigenous children, away from their families, and subjected them to all manner of abuse and neglect in the name of an “education” meant to “kill the Indian” to “save the man.”…  Seguir leyendo »

This week, family members of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people, survivors of violence, community activists and Indigenous leaders gathered in Ottawa for the release of “Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.” They were there to acknowledge the inquiry’s work in a collective ceremony to honor the lives of those who have experienced violence. It was an demonstration of the love that exists within Indigenous communities for Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people — and a recognition of the overwhelming levels of violence they have had to endure for generations.…  Seguir leyendo »

Las elecciones federales en Canadá serán en octubre, así que el primer ministro Justin Trudeau tiene menos de cinco meses para revertir las tendencias: su reelección está en peligro. El motivo no tiene que ver con el entusiasmo que generan sus rivales o con la economía (los expertos señalan que va por buen camino). En realidad, es consecuencia de una suma de escándalos, resultados discretos y problemas de comunicación de su gobierno.

Un descalabro de Trudeau en las urnas a manos de los conservadores cortaría un proyecto que, pese a sus errores, ha mostrado compromiso con las minorías y ha buscado apuntalar distintos mecanismos de protección social.…  Seguir leyendo »

Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Montreal during a march against climate change on March 15. Credit Martin Ouellet-Diotte/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Last month, to protest the start of the Canadian government putting a price on carbon emissions, right-leaning politicians across the country posted photographs of themselves on Twitter resolutely filling up their S.U.V.s, minivans and pickup trucks with gasoline.

The next day, federal scientists announced that climate change is warming Canada twice as fast as the rest of the world. The findings in their terrifying report on April 1 help to explain the ocean acidification that’s threatening killer whales, why pine beetles are chewing a path of destruction through North America’s boreal forest, the disappearance of sea ice that has supported Inuit communities for millenniums and the exposure of millions of Canadians every day to ticks carrying Lyme disease.…  Seguir leyendo »

Students holding Chinese national flags watch the live broadcast of the 40th anniversary celebration of China's reform and opening-up at Huaibei Normal University on 18 December. Photo: Getty Images.

Since Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou’s arrest last month, relations between China and Canada have been strained by what many have interpreted as Beijing’s retaliatory detentions of two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – on national security charges. The actions have already sparked a global debate over the so-called ‘hostage diplomacy’ between the two countries.

But the present breakdown in ties between Beijing and Ottawa is neither morality play nor conspiracy. Instead, it is a function of the Chinese government’s need to answer to its furious domestic audience, with Canada caught in the unfortunate timing of the US–China trade war.…  Seguir leyendo »

The Canadian embassy in Beijing on 14 January. Photo: Getty Images.

China’s apparent use of Canadian detainees as diplomatic bargaining chips is not just a problem for Canada. It is a challenge to all countries that seek to uphold the rule of law in their domestic and international affairs.

The dispute began in December when Canadian police arrested Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, on an extradition request from the United States. Meng is accused of fraud for allegedly conspiring to mislead several banks between 2009 and 2014. US authorities claim that she deliberately misrepresented the relationship between Huawei and Skycom Tech, a Hong Kong-based company that did business in Iran in violation of US sanctions.…  Seguir leyendo »