Bounding Multiculturalism

Based on newspaper articles, web posts and legislative obligations, multiculturalism is important. But why isn’t it important enough to be clearly bounded? Continue reading Bounding Multiculturalism


Increasing voter turnout is a bad idea . . .

. . . . if it is only done for the sake of increasing the numbers . . . but increasing informed voter turnout is a good idea . . . even if the consequence is decreasing voter turnout.
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Crunching the numbers of the 2015 Election

In October 2015 the liberals won 184 seats in the Canadian Parliament of 338 seats. The CBC called it a “decisive majority” (link). The National Post wrote that the Liberals “steamrolled to a stunning majority victory” (link). From my perspective, those conclusions seem hyperbolic.

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Cultural Appropriation – A Bad Idea . . . .

. . . .  not the concept, which has some redeeming qualities, but the term itself.

There was a kerfuffle in the Canadian media last summer (link, link, and link) about Cultural Appropriation.  I knew almost nothing about the subject, other than everyone thought that it was a bad thing that white people did, and they should stop, and somehow pay for their transgressions.

I remember being confused about the whole thing. Most examples seemed very minor to me, like celebrities having their hair in corn rows. The outrage died down but my confusion lingered. I finally got around to taking a closer look. Hence this blog post.

Spoiler 1: The term Cultural Appropriation (CA) is incoherent, incomprehensible, and useless.  

Spoiler 2: The term Cultural Appropriation discourages discussion about how Individuals or groups of one culture can negatively affect another culture.
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Canadian Federal Electoral Reform – Direct Representation

In a previous post I argued that I was not represented in Canada’s Parliament, and neither was anyone else.  There is a solution — Direct Representation, modified for Canadian Circumstances (DCR)! DCR addresses all the criticisms that have been directed towards our current system, First Past the Post; it is proportional, no vote is wasted, there is no vote splitting, it allows marginal voices to be heard, it increases accountability between voters and their representatives, and it results in a Parliament that accurately reflects the diversity that Canadians think is important.
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I am not represented in Canada’s Parliament . . .

. . . and neither is anyone else!

According to Canada’s Public Policy Forum, “an ideal election would be one where the portrait of the House directly reflects a portrait of all Canadians” (link). Thus, 50% of our Members of Parliament (MPs) would be female (instead of 25%), their average age would be 40 years old (instead of 50), 23% would be members of visible minorities (instead of 12%) and so on. On the other hand, 1% of our MPs would be lawyers, (instead of 13%), 1% would be activists (instead of 12%), and 6% would have a graduate degree (instead of 14%).

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