Canada Isn't Quite So Strong and Free

Canada Isn't Quite So Strong and Free

Canada isn't your perfect escape plan should American politics go haywire.

We've all seen the posts online about the frustration of many Americans with the presidential election and the plans to move to Canada if a certain angry Republican wins the election. Canada, the true North strong and free, really is a great place (that may be biased, coming from a Canadian) with universal health care, reduced street and public violence due to stricter gun laws, and a rad new Prime Minister pushing for reforms to support people of colour and making sure that gender equality, the LGBTQ+ community, and religious discrimination are being taken seriously.

But it isn't all sunshine and pride rainbows in Canada either. In a national study done in 2009 by the University of Winnipeg, almost two-thirds of LGBTQ+ students felt that school was an unsafe space due to their sexual orientation. Although an increasing number of schools now have Gay-Straight Alliances and various other support networks that are reducing the homophobia that used to thrive in high schools, homophobic and transphobic phrases still circulate the halls every day.

In Canadian jails, there is a staggering overrepresentation of aboriginal peoples and blacks, not so different from that seen in blacks in American jails. In Ontario, aboriginal boys make about 2.9% of the young male population yet they make up nearly 15% of young male admissions to jail. For aboriginal girls, their population is overrepresented by a factor of 10. Black boys see overrepresentation by a factor of four. And interestingly enough, since the Youth Criminal Justice Act in 2003, there has been a decline in youth incarceration rates. However, that statistic seems to be largely enjoyed by white youth and doesn't seem to have affected black and aboriginal youth.

And Canada's oldest problem still persists stronger than ever today. Canada's indigenous populations still suffer from gross mistreatment from the government. A study released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives found that aboriginal children are twice as likely to live in poverty than non-aboriginal children. Conditions on reserves are awful with constant infrastructure crises and serious overcrowding. The quality of life on reserves parallels that of many developing countries, despite Canada's access to plentiful resources and a high average HDI for non-reserve life.

So where are all the posts that call out the erasure of discrimination in Canada? No matter how dire the situation seems to be in America, it's dangerous to forget that your friendly Northern neighbour has a handful of problems it should be fixing too. Perhaps Canada may be kilometres ahead in terms or progressive policy and having a good looking leader, but it is far from the ideal paradise that the internet would have you believe.
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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.


Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

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Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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Can The Democrats Take Back Congress In 2018?

FiveThirtyEight has the Democrats' chances of taking back the house at more than 70%, but a lot can happen before November 6th.


Democrats have a lot of optimism going into the midterms, but they have to win 23 seats in the House in order to take control. They have roughly a 70% chance of winning back the house, in what many are calling a "Blue Wave" election year. Nate Silver, from the website FiveThirtyEight, estimates that the Dems have a four-in-five chance of taking back the House. Historically, the party not in the White House usually does well in midterm elections. On a generic ballot, Democrats are slightly favored over their GOP counterparts. An average of polls puts the Democrats at 6.8 points ahead of the Republicans. However, still gives the Republicans a 30% chance of keeping their current majority. If the Democrats do win back the House in November, they will have more power to overturn Trump's policies and pursue their own goals.

While the Democrats are sliding right into the house, they have a huge climb ahead of them in the Senate.

With ruby red states like Texas and Arizona within reach, the Democrats have been running neck and neck with their Republican counterparts. However, in states where there are Democratic senators like North Dakota and Indiana, the road ahead seems a little daunting. The Democrats overall, have a 30% chance of winning control in the Senate according to In the forecast, the Democrats have around an 80% chance of gaining one seat. This makes the breakdown of the Senate 50/50. With 50 Republican and 50 Democrats, passing bills and legislature can be a little tricky. Most votes in the Senate need a 2/3 majority or 67 seats. With the chamber becoming increasingly polarized, there will have to be some cases in which the voters may end up in s plot right down the middle. In that car, the Vice President, Mike Pence, would have to travel to the Capitol Building and cast the tie-breaking vote that the Republican will overall have control, due to the fact that Pence is a Republican.member of the GOP.

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