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Doug Ford shows Conservative parties aren’t what they used to be

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Notwithstanding the audible gasps from the chattering classes and the vocal cries from opponents in the face of Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s vow to use the Constitution’s notwithstanding clause to shrink the size of Toronto city

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On NAFTA, important for Trudeau to demonstrate that he stood up to Trump

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director The optimist’s view of the ongoing NAFTA negotiation is that we’re into the final stages, heading toward a win-win-win agreement. And despite stunning, leaked revelations that the U.S. president has no intention of compromising, Canada’s foreign

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On Bernier, Multiculturalism and Diversity

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director There’s a photograph in a small gold frame nestled in a large wall unit at my parents’ house. In it, two people stand. There’s a formal distance between them, yet the smiles, one moustachioed, one toothy,

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Policing the Pollsters – urgent priority or immaterial pursuit?

By Angus Reid, Chairman In late July the Canadian Market Research Industry Association (MRIA) announced that it was suspending operations due to funding problems and pending insolvency. I was a speaker and sponsor at a recent MRIA event in Vancouver

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The window slowly closes on carbon-pricing harmony

By Shachi Kurl, Executive Director Those were the days: that heady spring of 2015 when a majority of Canadians didn’t need (not-yet-legal) marijuana to feel the pleasant warmth and euphoria associated with majority support for national carbon pricing. Such a good idea it

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