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On Oct. 3 the first of three presidential debates in the 2012 American election cycle aired internationally, and what a spectacle it was. Anyone watching could see how diametrically opposed the two candidates are, how vast and substantive the differences between them. For instance: the Democrat wore a blue tie and the Republican wore red.
Saskatchewan MP condemns U of R students’ boycott against Israel: URSU AGM passed motion to initiate boycott, divestment and sanction campaign last month
What started as a motion passed by students at the University of Regina Students’ Union annual general meeting last month has become a contentious issue both on campus and off, following recent comments in the House of Commons from one of Saskatchewan’s members of Parliament.
During this year’s AGM, U of R student John Keitel took the floor and asked for a motion to be forwarded by the student’s union that would support the rights of Palestinian people and initiate a boycott, divestment and sanction (BDS) campaign against the state of Israel. The motion was then passed with a near-unanimous majority.
While there has long been a “moral imperative” argument to renew indigenous-Canada relations, the idea that there is an economic imperative to “fix” this relationship is a relatively new one, emerging after a series of Canadian court cases in the 1990s obligated government and industry to consult indigenous communities before extracting resources from their territories.
In the wake of Jack Layton’s tragic death, there has been a tangible vacuum of power in the NDP. Now, as the race for the leadership of the Official Opposition heats up, the candidates are striving to showcase why and how they will be able to bring Layton’s singular passion back to the party. The Sheaf spoke to the five candidates who came to Saskatoon for a Feb. 7 debate.
Could it be that the recent surge in public interest marks a genuine societal shift toward an altogether more politically active and engaged form of citizenship? Unfortunately, no.
Having flexed their sagging muscles of accountability, the less than two in three eligible Canadian voters who bother to turn up are then free to return to the more pressing matters in their life, like microwaving a burrito and updating their Twitter feed.
They say that in politics, a year is a lifetime. This certainly seems true every four years when the United States goes through a presidential election.
Although the year has just begun, and the election isn’t until Nov. 6, Democrats and Republicans have been eyeing the 2012 election almost since Barack Obama took the last one. As a result of this perpetual campaigning, politicians in both major parties shirk actually making hard choices and governing their country, focusing instead on short-term rhetorical victories and getting the best talking points on TV.
The day after the Nov. 7 election was a day of rest for many people, but for a University of Saskatchewan research team, the work was just beginning. That day, the first calls went out from the newly established Social Responsibility Research Laboratory to ask over a thousand Saskatchewan residents why they had voted the way they did.
Both the Green Party of Saskatchewan the Saskatchewan Liberal Party failed to capture a seat on Nov. 7.
This election seemed to mark the death throes of the once-mighty provincial Liberals. Six of the first nine premiers of Saskatchewan were Liberals but the party has been in long-term decline since the 1970s and only ran nine candidates this year. Much of the party’s support now rests with the centre-right Sask. Party.
In an election that delivered precisely what was expected, the Saskatchewan Party handily won a second majority on Nov. 7.
The Sask. Party picked up 64 per cent of the popular vote across the province, breaking the previous record for a single party’s share of the vote. That record was set in the 1912 election, when Walter Scott led the Liberal Party to a victory with just under 60 per cent of the vote.
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