Canada: A Closer Look At Your Northern Escape Plan

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“The True North Strong and Free” (O Canada National Anthem)

SO, if you’re reading this blog, you’re most likely into politics. if you’re into politics, you’re most likely following both the Democratic and Republican primaries. If you’re following the Republican primary, you’re most likely looking for an escape plan in the event that one of them becomes president. Well, have no fear, because just like a nice stewardess or the video that plays in theaters before your movie starts, I’m here to show you the closest exit: Canada.

It’s relatively close, the drinking age is 18, and you’re already used to the cold. But perhaps most importantly, they’ve just elected a super liberal prime minster, and they’re doing super great super liberal things up there. Or are they? Here’s a rundown.

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Liberal (and Literal) Hearthrob Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Young and **hunky** Justin Trudeau was elected prime minister in November 2015, and in a very “first 100 days” like fashion, he began with a liberal reboot of the country. He called for tax cuts, pension improvements, and the legalization of marijuana. He also personally welcomed 163 Syrian refugees in December and proclaimed that Canada would accept thousands more. So, nothing like America right? Well…

…You might find some things in Canada to be recognizable. Canada is not faring so well economically. As the American economy is surging, the value of the Canadian dollar is declining. This isn’t great for the average Canadian household – prices of certain commodities (like fresh vegetables) has tripled, and it’s natural resource sector is “ailing.”

Something else that is, unfortunately, recognizable? School shootings. 4 were killed just two weeks ago, making it the first school shooting since 2007. The deadliest school shooting to date occurred in 1989, when 14 women were killed in an engineering school in Montreal. This led to the establishment of a national registry for rifles and other guns – something that was dismantled by the Conservative government that was voted out in October.


And on the Canadian foreign policy front, Trudeau has withdrawn six of its fighter jets from the American-led military coalition against ISIS, leaving an aerial refueling tanker and two long-range surveillance aircrafts. Trudeau, in fulfilling what was a campaign promise, said airstrikes would not achieve “long term stability.” While this would appear to be a blow to American efforts to combat ISIS, for some reason various actors in the Obama administration have stood by the actions, including Obama himself. “The President welcomed Canada’s current and new contributions,” the White House said in a press release.


To close out this nice wrap-up, I leave you with this: Trudeau talking about feminism at the World Economic Forum. Did I mention he’s hunky?

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‘Nuff said

Maya Kliger is a second-year in the College. She is from Chappaqua, New York.

What We’re Reading: Fourth Week

It might be the height of midterms, but this past week had some great reads that you should check out during your next study break:

  • In case you missed anything, here’s the full transcript of the Democratic Debate. But if you don’t want to read through the whole transcript, the New York Times compiled some highlights of the Democratic Debate.
  • Jeb Bush is scaling way back on his campaign spending — his campaign claims they’re just trying to be more efficient, but many suspect this is indicative of his weakening chances as the Trump and Carson campaigns get stronger.
  • We’ve all been focused on November 2016, but what about 2015? Just a week and a half away (November 3rd) a lot of important elections will be decided. Here’s the top 10 elections to watch this election day.
  • Anne-Marie Slaughter explains that the real issue is that we devalue people who care for others: that we claim that women are only equal when they are doing what is traditionally men’s work, and we don’t value the contributions of those who care for others. “If you’re really going to have equality, you’ve got to value both kinds of work…What’s really going on here is we are discriminating against people who have to care for others, which is a role that society needs people to play.”
  • Bernie’s support stretches to very different groups than you might expect, thanks to his platform of economic populism. He’s got some support even among conservatives from states like Texas and Indiana, who think he’s “middle of the road“: “Data-driven analysis is only as good as the categories by which you sift the information. If you’ve already decided that ‘liberals’ are the people who prefer locally sourced arugula to eating at McDonald’s, or are the people who don’t watch Fox News, it is a reasonable conclusion that there aren’t enough ‘liberals’ out there to elect Bernie Sanders. Yet political categories shift.” Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders went on the offensive against Hillary: “Bernie Sanders is giving Hillary Clinton a pass on her ‘damn emails,’ but he’s giving her hell on just about everything else.”