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Canadians to Trudeau – Don’t choose the next governor general by yourself

By Shachi Kurl, President In the choppy wake of Julie Payette’s scandalous departure from Rideau Hall, the easiest, most predictable question to ask is “Who’s next?” That is, who could or should succeed her as governor general? The more important

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Support is going in the wrong direction for Erin O’Toole, despite Trudeau’s gaffes

By Shachi Kurl, President We’ve all had a high school lab partner like Justin Trudeau. You know, he’s the guy who promises his contribution to the big group project this term will be building a mechanized, programmable, drone-controlled model of

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Next time, choose a governor general who likes people, Mr. Trudeau

By Shachi Kurl, President How it started: Canadians approved of Julie Payette’s nomination to be governor general by a margin of four-to-one over those who didn’t. How it’s going: well, she’s gone. Back in 2017, for a first-term Trudeau government still gaga

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Ten key datapoints to watch in 2021

Being a uniquely strange and chaotic year, a great deal happened in 2020 that is worth looking back on. The 10 most striking things that we found in our studies last year are interesting in their own right, but also

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End of Year Letter 2020

To our valued ARI community, 2021 will be the year Canadians begin to reclaim their lives and livelihoods as the administration of vaccines marks the beginning of the end of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also mark the seventh full

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Hugs, travel, sports – what Canadians are looking forward to in 2021

By Shachi Kurl, President When tasked with writing these “what will 2021 yield” pieces, I find it both helpful (and humbling) to check first what I said about 2020. Behold the last paragraph of last year’s last column: “… take

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