How are the neighbours?
Dark clouds or mere posturing?
Another US presidential election year is here, and it seems like we are all set to get a repeat of the choices Americans faced in November 2020, with incumbent Joe Biden making a bid for a second term. Based on the Republican Party primaries so far, his most likely opponent is the only President to be impeached twice in one term: Donald J. Trump. Despite all his legal battles, Trump seems to have a substantial lead over all other contenders within the party.
Meanwhile, conservative lobbies in the US are already preparing to make the most of a Republican victory in 2024. Project 2025 is a conservative plan by the Heritage Foundation to make major changes in the structure of the executive branch of the US Federal government, with the end result of essentially endowing the office of the President with nearly absolute power over the executive branch, something that would actually be antithetical to the wishes of the founding fathers who had a deep mistrust of absolute, localized power.
US politics and their political values have influenced that of Canada, as seen by the anti-vaccine or pro-life movements to name a few. How would something like Project 2025 effect the political climate of Canada? Is a parliamentary democracy essentially immune to something along these lines? What do public policy and governance experts think? How does the average Canadian feel?
Protests and rights
Where are the lines?
Recently a federal judge ruled that the Liberal government’s use of the Emergencies Act in early 2022 was unreasonable and infringed on protesters’ Charter rights. The federal government has already expressed the intent to appeal.
What are your thoughts on this ruling? How might this precedent affect future protests in the country? Many feel that the ruling only makes sense in light of information that was not available to the Liberal government at the time when it invoked the Emergencies Act. Does that in any manner absolve the federal government? To what extent were the City of Ottawa, and the Provincial government of Ontario, responsible for ensuring that the protests did not result in a major disruption? What share of the blame, if any at all, should be apportioned to those other entities?