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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

To remove such rights would be unfair. But while the reservations have a particular context, self-determination for ethnic minorities is not so unusual. The Native American and First Nation peoples ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

You are looking at this through the eyes of a modern. Time for some history: One of the oldest European settlements on North America was made by Puritans, who were fleeing... government religious ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

From a European perspective: The U.S. has a great deal of influence in the world, so the presidency of the U.S. is quite likely to affect your own country in some way. For example: In the last 20 ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

It seems that Canada and the US use two different systems to protect their respective domestic dairy producers. In Canada "Under a system called supply management, the Canadian government controls ...
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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

Canada is an officially bilingual country, and federal government business can be conducted in either English or French. The government wants to preserve the bilingual nature of the country, and is ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

James K's answer is excellent, but I want to expand further on how tribes are organized presently. However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, since in theory all ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

However in the 21st century this appears to be quite an archaic concept, since in theory all citizens are supposed to be equal rather than receiving certain privileges simply because of their race or ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

I am Canadian. I would challenge your opinion that American Politics "don't have much of an effect on day-to-day life in Canada". Canada and the United States enjoy the largest trading ...
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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

Blackface has a history of being a method for expressing racial caricatures and stereotypes. It was intended to be humorous to white audiences and demeaning towards the black people being depicted. ...
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Why can Canada’s parliament vote (on gun laws), but even when a single party controls both the U.S. House and Senate a change is all but impossible?

The biggest single difference is that in Canada the House of Commons is unequivocally the highest power in the land. If the House of Commons votes to do something then it will happen. The Senate can ...
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What is wrong with Justin Trudeau (or anyone) masquerading as Aladdin?

Preface: As an Arab I don't particularly see any problem with his costume. I've put on white makeup before as part of a vampire costume. But blackface wasn't really a thing in Arab culture the way it ...
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Appeal process for being designated a "Terrorist Group" (Canada)

The appeals process is set out in part 4 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (2001), which amended the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) Act and implemented the list. In simple terms, the process is that a ...
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What limitations to freedom of speech are there in the US and Canada?

Up front: Holocaust Denial is not limited under U.S. law. There is an adequate list on Wikipedia of free speech exceptions, that for convenience I will replicate here: Communicative impact ...
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Why are American elections and politics receiving so much coverage in Canadian and European media?

"Obsessed" is rather too strong a term. "Interested in" or "concerned about" might be closer. The big reason is "money", or perhaps "power". The two ...
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What is Canada's case for applying tariffs on US dairy?

The simplest explanation is that the two systems are not compatible so Canada protects their side via a large tariff wall. Canada uses Supply Management boards to control the price of dairy (among ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

This is a Canada-specific answer, but one that is likely applicable to the US as well. Anti-discrimination laws (or more generally in Canada, human rights laws, although are some other examples of ...
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Why wasn't Point Roberts given an exception to the Canada-US border closure?

This Q has it backwards, the economy of Point Roberts collapsed because Canadians couldn't travel to Point Roberts, not because Point Roberts residents could not travel to Canada... Apparently a lot ...
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Why is Canada's bill C-16 believed to be legislating pronoun use?

There is no factual basis for the claim that incorrect pronoun use will lead to negative consequences. The bill does two things: It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes under the ...
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Why does religion get a special treatment in anti-discrimination laws?

Regarding your example of discriminating against a Jew, I think that is a uniquely bad example because there is an ambiguity in that Jews are both a religion and an ethnic group, moreover they have ...
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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

Few countries these days make things convenient for immigrants, and many go out of their way to make it difficult, inconvenient, expensive, or even lethal. It's not as difficult as it could be; there'...
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How did Meng Wanzhou become free to go back to China?

The US Department of Justice dropped its extradition request for her. This followed a deal between the US, Canadian and Chinese governments and Ms Meng's lawyers. With no extradition request, Canada ...
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Why do Indian reservations still exist in North America?

In some parts, such as in British Columbia, the First Nations never signed any treaties with the Government of Canada. For example, see this page on the Kitselas Administration. Even if the ...
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Why can Canada’s parliament vote (on gun laws), but even when a single party controls both the U.S. House and Senate a change is all but impossible?

Is this, for example, one of the cases when the bar for a Senate vote is not simply 50% + 1 (VP, in the current Senate), but 60% or even two-thirds (66 or 67?)? Most proposed legislation only needs a ...
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Can Canada still become part of the USA?

No, that option expired in 1788. The Articles of Confederation had, as clause XI: Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted ...
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Why does Canada require bilingualism in a lot of federal government posts?

Canada doesn't require bilingualism in all government posts. Firstly, the federal government provides services in both official languages, but other levels of government don't necessarily. At the ...
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How did Meng Wanzhou become free to go back to China?

Just as a "total coincidence", China has just released two Canadians the day after: Beijing denies detaining the Canadians in retaliation for Ms Meng's arrest. But critics have accused ...
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Is Canada required to allow transit to and from Alaska?

There is no accord allowing free movement of people between the USA and Canada. Neither country has visa requirements for short term entry, but there is no agreement (like the Schengen accord in ...
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