Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?

by Rashmee

Posted on December 13, 2016


Ever wondered why Canada doesn’t seem caught up in the populist wave that’s affecting other western countries? Don’t know about you but it’s been on my mind and here’s J.J. McCullough with an answer. There is room for populist politics, which exists, albeit only unofficially. It will stay invisible until it doesn’t, possibly in 2019 … Continue reading “Is Canada really immune from the populist wave or is it just pretending?”

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Unlike America’s aspiring leaders, Canada’s Justin Trudeau is dangerously loved up

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2016


Justin Trudeau’s honeymoon with everyone goes on and on and on. Canada loves its 44-year-old prime minister, one year into his election win. The world appears to be smitten and the international media positively weak at the knees about a trim young male leader who steadfastly assumes feminist positions, is able to spout off on … Continue reading “Unlike America’s aspiring leaders, Canada’s Justin Trudeau is dangerously loved up”

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US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally

by Rashmee

Posted on September 2, 2016


A Boston Globe columnist has been reminding Americans why the presidential election is a crying shame. Just days before the 2012 election, wrote Jeff Jacoby, there was that YouTube video of a four-year-old girl crying piteously over the constant stories about “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney”. The 21-second video went viral, and was viewed more … Continue reading “US presidential elections go on so long they’re a crying shame. Literally”

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Are Canada’s Sikh ministers good news for India? Not really and here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on November 8, 2015


Now that Canada, not India, has the most Sikhs in the federal cabinet (four vs two), what will it mean for India? Not much that’s particularly good, actually, at least if you believe this Washington Post report. Two of the ministers – Harjit Sajjan, who’s got the defence portfolio and Amarjeet Sohi, who’s got infrastructure … Continue reading “Are Canada’s Sikh ministers good news for India? Not really and here’s why”

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More heat than light in Canada’s election debate on the niqab. Here’s why

by Rashmee

Posted on October 7, 2015


Islam is the second biggest religion in Canada. According to 2011 figures, Muslims account for 3.2 per cent of the population. That’s quite small but it sounds weighty if you juxtapose it in a certain way – as Canada’s second faith after Christianity. The current row over the niqab, the Muslim veil, in Canada is … Continue reading “More heat than light in Canada’s election debate on the niqab. Here’s why”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK