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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 does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

I am wondering about developed countries in general, but my experience (and the focus of this question) is the USA and Canada. There are laws in place to prevent discrimination. It is illegal, for ...
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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 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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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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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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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

I live in a part of world where people of color represent a small minority of the population, and TBH the issue of racism is non-existent in my surrounding (or severely understated, I can't judge). ...
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Do any countries use a codified version of the “matter of confidence” of (former) UK tradition?

By tradition that appears to be in question now there used to be case in the UK that governments could designate a particular vote as being a ‘matter of confidence’ – which means they would ...
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Are there some studies which measure the level of politicization of courts in a trans-Atlantic perspective?

It's easy enough to find a Europe-only comparative perspective on the politicization of the judiciary, e.g. Werkmann (2017): The authors measured the level of politicization in each country with the ...
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Why hasn't Canada legislated to assist Hong Kong protesters?

The US Congress is trying to enact the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Canada has many Hongkongers. Why hasn't Canada tried too?
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Is Obama's support of Trudeau's re-election “foreign interference”? [closed]

There have been concerns that the 2019 federal Canadian election might be the target of foreign interference. Former U.S. president and current American citizen Barack Obama issued a public statement:...
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In CBC's poll tracker, why do the probabilities of winning not add up to 100%?

In CBC's poll tracker at: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/elections/poll-tracker/canada/, probabilities of winning the 2019 Canadian federal election are provided. Currently, these are 11% Liberal ...
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Why's the B.C.-Washington border mostly unfenced and so poorly monitored? [closed]

This was in the news recently — Lawyer for B.C. man who pleaded guilty to migrant smuggling to challenge mandatory minimum penalty. But search warrant documents previously obtained by the National ...