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For October’s federal election, most polls are indicating that both the Liberals and Conservatives are tied for Canadians’ support. This means that it is more than likely that either party will end up with less than a majority of the seats in the House of Commons, thereby swinging the determination of the balance of power to the smaller parties.

“There is a bunch of reasons. Part of it is the pipeline, but it’s mostly that I’ve seen people struggling. I’m from Newfoundland, and our province has been ignored by the government for years and years.” —Angie Reed, protestor.

It’s not every student that will embark on a 10-year journey to see their idea passed by Parliament, but every student can effect political change right now. Hopefully, some of the lessons Grosman learned on her journey to passing a bill will inform and inspire you to be a driver of real political change—no matter how heavy your class schedule is.

Kevin Page, Canada’s former and first Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO)—responsible for providing independant financial analysis to parliament—gave a talk to students on Nov. 23 at the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) building on his time as the PBO, and his hopes for Canada’s future and tell his story.

This past week members of Canada’s three major political parties gathered in the Faculty of Social Sciences building at the University of Ottawa to discuss how environmental sustainability can be reconciled with political interests and economic realities in Canada. The discussion was part of a series of iVote events at the U of O.

“When I told people to please follow lockdown procedures, I don’t know if it’s just because they didn’t take me seriously because I was technically a student, but none of them even seemed to know what exactly that meant,” he said.

In a week when national security and terrorism were already at the top of the national political agenda, Parliament Hill itself today was besieged by a gunman who shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial before bursting into the Centre Block, apparently bent on a rampage, before being shot and killed himself in a shootout with Hill security officials.

Many students in Canada were trying to make enough money to sustain themselves throughout an eight-month period of studies, but, for the most part, the jobs were not there.

Participation at an all-time high MEET SHANE MACKENZIE, leader of the Ideological Pragmatist Party and a prime minister who likes to dream big. As stated in his party’s platform, “This party looks at big moments in Canadian history and says, ‘Yeah we could do that,  but bigger.’” On Jan. 20–22, the Ideological Pragmatist and four other parties …