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Questions related to the government or politics of Canada.

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Why didn't Canada leave the UN conventions on illicit drugs before legalizing marijuana?

According to this article, Canada would be breaking at least three UN treaties once it legalized marijuana in October. But why didn't the Canadian government just leave the treaties beforehand? It ...
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Why is Canada trying so hard to defuse Saudi dispute?

Canada Reaching Out To Other Countries To Help Defuse Saudi Dispute Canada seeks UAE help to defuse row with Saudi Arabia Canada to ask allies to help cool Saudi dispute; U.S. offers no aid Why is ...
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Why did Canada take a strong position regarding Saudi arrest of Human rights activist(s)?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Canada Reaching Out To Other ...
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Why did Saudi Arabia react so strongly to Canada?

Saudi Arabia Expels Canadian Ambassador Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador from Canada Saudi Arabia freezes new trade, investment after Canada demands activists be freed Saudi Arabia Orders Its Fund ...
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Has Saudi Arabia expelled ambassadors before over human rights comments (from their government)?

In the latest news on Saudi Arabia, they have expelled the Canadian ambassador (and recalled their own ambassador to Canada) in reaction to human rights comments from Canada, or more precisely demands ...
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Why can't local representatives be chosen directly in proportional voting by selecting the top ranking candidates in each district?

There is an interesting article on Policynote.ca explaining the requirements for a good voting system: Proportionality: Any new electoral system must provide for generally proportional results,...
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Why do the US and Canada accept asylum seekers on their soil rather than funding refugee camps abroad?

Refugee camps in countries like Syria are significantly overpopulated and stretched for funds. Taking care of a person there costs a fraction of what it takes to care for a refugee in a developed ...
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Do Canadian Charter Rights protect customers against discrimination on political grounds?

Similar to the recent Sarah Huckabee Sanders @ Red Hen incident, Vancouver had a customer being refused service due to wearing a Make America Great Again hat. Basically, the manager asked him to ...
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Why will Canada prevent selling marijuana “in the same location as alcohol or tobacco”?

According to CNN, Canada has approved a law to legalize marijuana, but will require sellers a licence and will forbid sales to minors. One point of the article is that Marijuana will also not be ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

Both Canada and the US still have weird quasi-states on their territory for citizens of Native American/First Nation origins. However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

Donald Trump has been making a lot of noise the past few days about Canada's protection of its dairy industry, and cites that practice as the justification for the steel and aluminum tariffs he has ...
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Why haven't the 3 Canadian territories become provinces?

They're governed differently because so few people live in the far north, and so much relies on federal money anyway. A territory would need hundreds of thousands more residents and a much bigger ...
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Why hasn't Canada signed the Apostille Convention?

Looking at this map of signatories to the Hague Convention/Apostille Convention, one can see that Canada is the only Western nation (as well as the only NATO nation, etc.) to not be a signatory. Why ...
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What Bill Number is used if > 200 Government Bills are introduced in a session?

This website states: Government bills in the Commons are numbered from 2-200, and private member's bills are numbered 201 and above. A similar scheme is used in the Senate. What'd happen if more ...
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Can the crown veto constitutional Amendments in Canada?

I know that this would be practically be suicide for the Crown's power to do so, but hypothetically, could they?
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What support does Jaspal Atwal have?

I’ve seen some mentions about Jaspal Atwal on Twitter, and commentary on the failure to not notice he was on the guest list - a failure to oppose him. But what I don’t get is if you look at it in the ...
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Why are Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu meeting with Bollywood actors?

Recently, Justin Trudeau and Benjamin Netanyahu met with Bollywood actors during their respective visits to India. Given that these meetings won't persuade Bollywood to make movies in Israel or ...
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Provincial Education Act

I'm doing a research paper on Regulation 17, and found that this regulation meant that in Ontario, French schools were "ignored by the provincial education act." What does it mean if a school is ...
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How will the death of American Net Neutrality affect me as a Canadian? [closed]

What will change about my Internet as a Canadian after Net Neutrality is killed in the United States? What do and don't apply to me?
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How much alcohol has changed hands as part of the “Whisky War”?

Canada and Denmark have a territorial dispute over Hans Island between Ellesmere Island and Greenland in the arctic. Starting in 1984, each country has sent expeditions which have placed their own ...
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Does Ontario have an Islamic Heritage Month?

There were reports from October 2016 that October would be made Islamic Heritage Month for Ontario, but looking at Ontario’s celebrations and commemorations there's no mention of it. I haven't found ...
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Canada: “Governor General” vs “Governor in Council”

Is "governor in council" the same as "governor general" in Canada? If not, what does the "governor in council" do?
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Opposition members in cabinet

After the recent collapse of government and appointment of a new Premier in British Columbia, it was suggested by MLA Andrew Weaver that — as he was not a member of the governing party — he could not ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

The Canadian bill C-16 ("An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code") has been the subject of heated debate and controversy. I admit I hadn't followed it very closely, but I'...
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Where can I find the Senate amendments to Bill C-6?

Where can I find the text of the Senate amendments to Bill C-6? I would like the version of the bill that was sent back to the House of Commons after being passed on May 3. I've only been able to ...
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So… is prostitution in Canada legal or not? [closed]

I'm confused, is prostitution in Canada legal or not? I've been looking, but have up till now have only gotten mixed messages when it comes to its legality; just a jumble of legislative actions, ...
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Is it an unfair advantage that the current Prime Minister decides when the election will be held? [closed]

This applies at least in Canada and England. Wondering what provision if any offsets this apparent advantage/disadvantage.
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Can I claim a refugee status by entering an embassy?

Well, I'm Syrian refugee in Turkey and things doesn't getting better, let's say that I have entered the Canadian Embassy in Istanbul, and claim a refugee status there, what will happen next ?
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Is NAFTA better for Canada or USA?

I read Canadian media mocking Donald Trump for saying North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was bad for USA. The writer argued that if anyone has reason to renegotiate or withdraw from NAFTA, ...
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Are there artists in Canada, USA or Europe who also claim to have been punished for going against government, corporate, media or military objectives?

South Korean artists file a class-action lawsuit against their government over blacklisting, as stated by CNN here: (http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/08/asia/south-korea-ex-culture-minister-indicted/) ...
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How is the schedule for Senate Committees determined in Canada?

As I understand it, the Canadian Senate can refer bills to a Senate Committee to be studied in more detail. Once a bill is referred: How is the schedule for reviewing the bill determined? (Who makes ...
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Do Anglophone and Francophone Canadians still have issues?

A friend loaned me an old travel book about Canada. One of the running themes inside the book is an uneasy tension between the Anglophones (the English) and the Francophones (the French) . It told of ...
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Would Canada have to leave the Commonwealth to have a president?

If Canada wanted to have a president, would that mean it would have to leave the Commonwealth?
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Why UK, Canada, Australia and NZ would not want to build a free movement union like EU? [closed]

In modern world large economies have advantages (bargaining power, unified standards, and many more) and this is one of the main reasons why EU has been created. Now when Britain is leaving the EU ...
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Can Canada still become part of the USA?

I read that in the Constitution it was stated that if Canada wanted to become part of the US, they would be accepted fully. First off, is that true? Building off that, if they wanted to be part of the ...
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Criminal exchange between USA and Canada

If someone commits a crime in Canada, can this person be arrested in USA while being a national of a third country?
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How can I find information about bills that politicians are trying to pass in Canada?

Context: I don't participate in social media (besides SE) and was never educated about politics as a child; as such, there is a lot I don't understand. It seems I'm only able to know what's going on ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Freedom of speech is understood to be fundamental in a democracy. What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the United States of America and in Canada? Is Holocaust denial an example?
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Who are the key individuals in Canada's Old Age Security program?

I am a student doing a project on the Old Age Security (OAS) program for Civic Studies 11. I have tried researching important individuals involved in this program, but could not find anything. Any ...
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Can a country withdraw from a free trade agreement (NAFTA)?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was established in 1994, with support from the national governments of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. If one of these governments suddenly ...
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What are the arguments made in favor of a minority government over majority government and vice versa?

What are the arguments made in favor of a minority government over majority government and vice versa? I've heard majority is better because they typically last longer, but I don't see why this is ...
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In a Westminster parliamentary system who would be appointed Prime Minister if all MPs were independents?

In our current system the Prime Minister is the leader of the political party with the most seats, correct? Well, if everyone threw out party politics and only elected independent local members of ...
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In Canada, is a crown corproation the same as a federal government corporation

For example, the CPPIB is listed as a crown corporation. Does this mean it is a public sector company? The same as a federal government company? I am considering applying for a job here. All I want ...
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Why was the Bloc party not represented at the MacLeans 2015 Canadian leader debate?

This is a question about The first 2015 leaders debate held by Maclean’s magazine on August 6th. The debate included the party leaders for the Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, and Green (reference). ...
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Why is stopping climate change prioritized significantly below the economy and other issues?

Why is climate change prioritized significantly below other issues? Is it because it is not as much of an immediate issue than, for example, reducing the government debt, raising the minimum wage, and ...
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What is “lobbying” and how does it get used in Canada to change government policy?

I have heard a lot of talk about lobbying and how it is used to change laws, but when I look it up online most explanations sound like they are intended for lawyers (or are in regards to the USA and ...
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Policy changes made by citizens

I am a Canadian citizen and I'm not happy with certain policies here; with the elections coming in 5 months. What is a proper course of legal and illegal actions a citizen can take to influence the ...
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What was the rationale for Jim Prentice calling an early election?

So Canada just witnessed the epic fall of the Progressive Conservative (PC) empire in Alberta, who had ruled over the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for a solid 44 years uninterrupted, and it all ...
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Are there any existing laws comparable to Quebec's Bill 20?

Here is a link that explains more in detail what the bill 20 consists of: http://globalnews.ca/news/1728556/opinion-bill-20-will-turn-every-patient-in-quebec-into-a-number-instead-of-a-person/ ...
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Is there separation of religion and state in Canada?

The reigning sovereign of Canada is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. Granted, the Monarch's role in the Government and the Church is largely ceremonial, but the truth remains that ...