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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Steve Patten

Steve Patten teaches political science at the University of Alberta.

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Forcing Ourselves to Vote

As fewer Canadians turn up at the polls, compulsory voting is a choice to consider November 2010
Editor’s Note: Sometimes events overtake our most careful editorial plans. In mid October, Calgary stunned the country by electing Canada’s first Muslim mayor, Naheed Nenshi, and voter turnout was an impressive 53 percent, up from a lacklustre 33 percent in 2007. Nevertheless, the issues surrounding compulsory voting remain pressing, so we press on. Voting in…