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| September 5, 2014
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What we've learned from Michael Ignatieff's political interlude

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Now that he's headed back to Harvard full time, it's too easy to say Michael Ignatieff really was "just visiting," although he was. There must be something more to learn from that weird political interlude in his life and ours. Let's consider the denouement: the time since his party's 2011 defeat.

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Kathleen Wynne
| June 13, 2014
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Moving forward with the abortion debate

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Justin Trudeau's statement that any new candidate for the Liberal Party must agree to vote pro-choice on any bills is positive and entirely appropriate. It stirred up a surprising amount of criticism and confusion in the media, however, in addition to the expected histrionics from anti-choice and religious communities.

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Trudeau's Senate surprise is clever, but does it really address the Senate problem?

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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau shocked everyone yesterday Jan. 29 when he sent all 32 Liberal senators out of his caucus without notice. Did this political gambit address the Senate problem?

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Less hardball, more beachball: Justin Trudeau reframes real debate as negative politics

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In his effort to present himself as the appropriate leader for the post-Harper era, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau seems keen to reframe Canadian political debate in a profound way, depicting hard-hitting, substantive debate as negative, divisive politics.

It was striking that, after the Liberals beat the NDP in two Liberal strongholds in Monday night's by-elections, Trudeau used the occasion to denounce the NDP as "negative" and "divisive."

In attacking the NDP like this -- in the midst of his own victory speech, no less -- Trudeau appeared to be trying to stigmatize forceful debate, suggesting it has no place in political discussion.

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