Tag Archives: Political Culture

By: Martin Pharand

Liberal leadership hopeful Marc Garneau announced recently that he would reverse the Federal Government’s restrictive Arctic research information regulations. These regulations have come under attack by both Canadian and American researchers who say the regulations limit the freedom with which scientific information is made available.

break the ice

Although this issue may seem black and white for some, the central reason why the government maintains the right to impose confidentiality agreements is because of its extensive involvement in Arctic research projects. Assistant Deputy Minister from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Ecosystems and Ocean Science Sector (a classic mouthful!) defended the regulations by saying they streamline departmental publication procedures, focusing specifically on matters of intellectual property.

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By: Clement Nocos

Making big waves amongst the Canadian political pundit class is a new book by Globe and Mail political correspondent John Ibbitson and Ipsos pollster Darrell Bricker titled The Big Shift:The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture, and What it Means for Our Future. The authors point to census and polling data along with the booming influx of immigrants over the past few decades as the driver of the federal Conservative Party’s recent wins. They make the case that due to these demographic trends, the Tories are set to dominate the 21st century much like the Liberal Party of the 20th century.


It is the ethnic suburbanites of Southern Ontario engineered by decades of Liberal government immigration policies that have served as the inroads to Conservative dominance, afar from the party’s Western base. Ibbitson and Bricker foresee the accelerated growth of Pacific-oriented immigrants as evidence that Conservative hegemony will likely continue for the next couple of decades. To them, immigrants apparently share the conservative, everyman values that the CPC tout as Canadian values. The immigrant class find it hard to relate to the old “Laurentian Consensus” of the Liberal Party elite and have thus strayed. There is an apparent big, rightward shift in Canadian political culture and it’s driven by newcomers.

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