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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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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

I live in Canada, but I follow American politics to some degree, as do most of the people I know. However, I do it as a hobby and realize that American politics really don't have much of an effect on ...
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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 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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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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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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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

As I learnt from this video, in Canada, having fluency in English and French is mandatory (In some important government jobs like prime minister). This is considering that the group of French people ...
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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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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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Is Canada required to allow transit to and from Alaska?

Currently, the US/Canada border is closed to "non-essential" travel. US citizens travelling to and from Alaska are allowed, with some restrictions, to make this journey by car. Is the right ...
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USMCA vs NAFTA, what's different?

Breaking news: "Today, Canada and the United States reached an agreement, alongside Mexico, on a new, modernized trade agreement for the 21st Century: the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,&...
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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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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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What is Montana worth?

I came across an interesting article that points to a change.org petition suggesting that the United States sell the state of Montana to Canada for one trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000) and put ...
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Shouldn't countries like Russia and Canada support global warming?

Shouldn't these countries benefit from it? Shouldn't they want heat to melt the ice?
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To what extent do precedents in Westminster systems apply in other countries that use it?

There is currently discussion in the UK about the possibility of a future Prime Minister proroguing Parliament in order to prevent it from frustrating their vision of Brexit. A big part of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How is constitutional monarchy perceived in Commonwealth realms other than United Kingdom?

Especially in countries with huge population and economy like Canada and Australia, what's the opinion of people about constitutional monarchy? Are there any well known groups or indivuals who opposes ...
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What did the US government concede in the New NAFTA/USMCA negotiations?

I keep reading all about the US having extracted from Canada more access to their dairy market, getting rid of the diafiltered milk loophole, etc. The only things that they were portrayed as losing ...
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What could a vegan mayor actually do?

Civic elections are coming up in my city, and this got me wondering... If the electorate decided to elect a mayor and council where a majority wanted to use their powers as elected officials to ...
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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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Is it possible to have no customs union and a soft border?

I know that there have been answers to similar questions in the context of Brexit, and the consensus seems to be that it's not possible. But in the question about why the US-Canada border is soft at ...
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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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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 ...
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When was the last time the Canada–US border closed to visitors?

Multiple sources have reported that Canada and the United States have announced that the Canada–United States border is about to close to non-essential travel in an effort to reduce the spread of ...
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How does a hereditary chief differ from the elected officials in North America's First Nations?

In Canada there have been protests against the building of a gas pipeline. From what I can tell, most protests started when the hereditary leaders of the Weet'suwet'en opposed it and called for allies ...
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Why did eastern B.C. and Canadian Prairies largely vote Conservative in Oct. 2019?

I screenshot CBC on Oct. 22 2019. I know these electoral districts (ridings) didn't vote Conservative — BC — South Okanagan-West Kootenay AB — Edmonton-Strathcona (too teeny to be seen in screen shot)...
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Why was Justice Marc Nadon's Appointment Challenged

I'm aware of the challenge to the validity of Justice Marc Nadon's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada, but I've been unable to find out what the grounds for that challenge are. Does anyone ...
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Do the United States' new tariffs on Mexican imports apply to goods shipped through the US to other countries?

Canada currently imports some 2.5 Billion C$ a year in fresh produce from Mexico. If this produce is shipped by rail or truck through the United States to Canada, would the proposed Trump escalating ...
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Do women and men get paid equally in Canada?

I am wondering whether the Canadian government has rules or policies for paying people equally regardless of the gender. If not, what is the reason for the difference in earnings?
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How are Canada and the USA similar and different with regards to immigration?

While reading the NY Post this morning I found this short opinion piece. It states: While “a politically divisive debate continues to rage” in the United States over a Census question on ...
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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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What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada?

What is the political motivation that makes US never invade Canada? Motivation to ask this question: Why US have to buy natural resource from Canada instead of getting it for free?
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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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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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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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Are there any countries besides Canada where the flow of goods is restricted between the country's provinces?

This year, Canada's Supreme Court ruled as following: The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled unanimously that provinces and territories have the constitutional right to restrict the importation of ...
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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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Why was SNC-Lavalin not offered a remediation agreement?

Recently, the government of Justin Trudeau in Canada has faced a scandal concerning political interference in the corruption prosecution of the Quebec construction company SNC-Lavalin. Prosecutors ...
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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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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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Would it be economically beneficial for Canada to relaunch its once-abolished Immigrant Investor Programme as a Pandemic recovery solution?

As the title says, would it be helpful for a low population country like Canada to get financial aid in the form of Investment in return for PR? Canada used to have such a programme but it was ...
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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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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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How is the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin risking 9000 jobs?

In the recently released tape the government was pressuring the attorney general not to prosecute SNC-Lavalin because of potential job loss and all that. The figure of 9000 jobs was mentioned at one ...