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Walking away from electoral reform may be a fatal error for the Trudeau Government

While the PM has not said he is ditching his electoral reform promise, he has taken a big step back from it. But is the voting system a matter about which the public is blissfully indifferent?

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A messy Parliament session, while big decisions await Trudeau government

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The Liberal government prepares for the summer parliamentary break in two weeks time with widespread support for its leader Justin Trudeau. Public opinion polls record high public approval for the Liberals, who hold on to new support captured since the 2015 election.

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Want democratic reform? Let's start with newspapers.

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Observing the cathartic effect of the end of the Harper regime reveals just how traumatized millions of Canadians were by nearly 10 years of rule by this paranoid and vindictive prime minister. The analogies and metaphors keep coming: like getting out of jail, like waking up from a nightmare, like the end of an occupation. 

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau, in solidarity

Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Image: Skara kommun/Flickr

On the cover of its special edition magazine commemorating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (June 28, 1712), Le Monde designates him as "the Subversive." True enough, Rousseau was a contestataire, a non-conformist, a rebel, a pre-revolutionary, whose remains were carried to the Pantheon in the aftermath of the French Revolution, to be buried a hero.

Rousseau shall forever be known for championing liberty. Famously, for Rousseau, individuals are born and remain free, and enjoy equal rights. Society corrupted the individual, but all was not lost. Through building a "culture," individuals could transform social life and live in accordance with nature.

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