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With new governments in Alberta and Ottawa, Parkland Institute asks: What's left?

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Not many universities in the world can claim a full-blown left-wing think-tank. To its credit (and continued surprise for some, including its senior officers), the University of Alberta houses the Parkland Institute, a leading source of Canadian political economy research, and left animation of political life in Alberta and Canada.

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| October 27, 2015
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We can deliver change this election by working together

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Take heart. We the people, who see Stephen Harper and the Conservatives as a Canadian tragedy and a world-class blight on global problem-solving, are still more than two-thirds of the population. 

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| October 13, 2015
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The Greens: A party that plays politics like the others

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After a visit by the Green Party's Elizabeth May to Powell River on July 31, she was quoted in the local newspaper: "There is no chance of a Conservative winning in this riding. It's either going to be a Green or an NDP member of Parliament in this riding."

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A single-issue election: The anti-Harper vote

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By now, under a typical government, a federal election in Canada called on August 2 would nearly be over. But Stephen Harper's fetish for trying to manipulate the public created an 11-week campaign instead of the ordinary 37 days. A seemingly everlasting election gives Harper's Conservatives more time to raise money while exhausting their opponents' bank accounts.

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Bill C-51: Stephen Harper, Anonymous and the Joker's gambit

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It's hard not to turn to popular culture to explain Bill C-51 and the world another Harper government will usher in. And, three references leap to mind immediately. The first is a scene in The Dark Knight Rises.

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Can the NDP and Liberals differentiate themselves enough to beat Harper?

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The NDP's Olivia Chow took the plunge in a particularly irritating way this week when she announced she's running against Liberal MP Adam Vaughn in a downtown Toronto riding. It felt like a bad omen for an election that hasn't even begun and will drone on for over twice as long as usual.

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| April 23, 2015
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The law of mobilization and the defeat of Stephen Harper

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Outstanding political leaders inspire, motivate, and rally support. Whether it be Churchill in wartime, De Gaulle in exile, or Indira Gandhi campaigning for the eradication of poverty, these leaders stood out because people responded to the calls for action.

It is a law of politics: to make things happen, people have to be mobilized. The political party that succeeds is the one that builds support, and gets people to vote for it.

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