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Diversity, Belonging and Shared Citizenship

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Diversity, Belonging and Shared Citizenship

In this volume leading scholars have explored two broad policies generated by ethnic diversity in Canada and other Western countries. The first agenda is the multicultural agenda, which seeks to recognize cultural differences, to help minorities express their distinct identities and practices, and to build more accommodating conceptions of citizenship. The second agenda focuses on integration, seeking to bring minorities into the mainstream, strengthen the sense of mutual support and solidarity, and reinforce the bonds of a common community.


By IRPP,Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.


Better Late Than Never? The Canadian Parliamentary Review of the Anti-terrorism Act

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Better Late Than Never? The Canadian Parliamentary Review of the Anti-terrorism Act

This paper assesses the policy-making process behind the Canadian Parliament’s mandated review of the Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) and the expiry of preventive arrests and investigative hearings in the ATA. As such, it provides a preliminary glimpse into the complexities of national security policy-making. Policy-makers in this area must grapple with difficult issues that involve liberty, security, equality, privacy and Canada’s international relationships. In addition, they must also respond to a seemingly overwhelming array of policy drivers including United Nations edicts, varying assessments of the threat environment, predictions about the restraints that will be imposed by courts under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, recommendations by public inquiries, rights watchdogs and parliamentary committees, the experience of other countries and input from interest groups.


By IRPP,Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.


Canadians value Afghan mission but doubt its chances of success

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Canadians value Afghan mission but doubt its chances of success

These are the principal findings of a national poll conducted for Policy Options by SES Research. Its president and CEO, Nik Nanos, takes us through the numbers. “Canadians understand the daunting nature of these challenges,” he concludes. “But they they wonder whether we can succeed, whether we've devoted enough resources to success, and how long it's going to take.”


By IRPP,Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.


Hubris in the North: The Canadian Firearms Registry

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Hubris in the North: The Canadian Firearms Registry

The shootings at Montreal’s Dawson College in September 2006 reignited the controversy over the firearms registry and prompted the Conservative government to review its earlier pledge to scrap the registry. This paper is a timely effort to evaluate the effectiveness of the 1995 firearm legislation. In 1995, the government assumed that, by controlling the availability of firearms, the registry would reduce total criminal violence, not just gun violence, suicide and domestic abuse. I argue here that this legislation is fundamentally flawed because it relies upon public-health research to justify its moralistic approach to firearms. Public-health advocates have exaggerated the danger of citizens owning firearms through pseudoscientific research methods. The federal government’s moralistic approach to public safety is compared with a more practical and consultative provincial program that is more successful


By Fraser Institute,Canada.


Governance Policy Resource.