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Is Democracy Working? Satisfaction with Democracy in Canada

The 2019 federal election exacerbated regional tensions in Canada. While regional premiers were already opposed to key federal policies (e.g. carbon tax),...

The Impact of Government on Your Life | November

A recent Environics Institute survey finds that only a minority of Canadians (33%) think that government has a positive impact on the...

Climate Change is all about Balance

The environment has taken front and centre in the federal election campaign. This reflects a broader focus globally. With the recent visit...

United Nations: Canadians Continue to Support Organization

Canadians, as goes the collective, lore are international and global in perspective. Especially, in relation to our southern neighbour who has...

Voting Early: The Paradox of Political Participation

Canadians are, these days, moving toward an election defined in terms of two distinct election periods. While Election Day remains the most...

Arming Saudi Arabia: The Collision of Values and Business

A look back at four polls which have addressed the export of arms to Saudi Arabia with a focus on the inherent challenge of reconciling the public's desire for an ethical policy with the realities of arms exports.

Sick Notes | A Classic Public Trust Issue

Sick notes are a poor solution for employers and bad for government. For minor illnesses, they use up physician time when the solution is...

Canadians Strongly Opposed to Allowing Statistics Canada to Access Personal Information

It probably came as a surprise to Canadians when they heard the Statistic Canada plan to access personal information from banks. The agency was...

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Is Democracy Working? Satisfaction with Democracy in Canada

The 2019 federal election exacerbated regional tensions in Canada. While regional premiers were already opposed to key...

All the Polls Fit to Print: 2019 in the Polls

Public polls tell us a lot about what is on the minds of Canadians. Or at least...

Holiday Season | December

Each year it seems that the very question of the meaning of the holidays gets asked more...

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