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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 were moved to reservations as a deliberate policy of "ethnic cleansing" in the 19th century. The various tribes were given limited rights to self-governance on ...


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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 persecution*. One of the most influential groups in the formation of America were the Quakers, who came to America fleeing... government religious persecution. ...


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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 years the U.S. invaded Afghanistan & Iraq, wrecked Libya and tried (and is still trying?) to topple Assad in Syria, which at least in part facilitated the ...


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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 how much milk dairy farmers produce and how much it sells for" thereby guaranteeing sustained dairy milk farming. In the US, milk dairy farmers are supported by ...


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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 well aware that, if it drops the requirement for French, then English will dominate even more than it already does. It is precisely because most people speak ...


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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 citizens are supposed to be equal rather than receiving certain privileges simply because of their race or ethnicity. I know you are from Europe, so you may be ...


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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 ethnicity. All citizens of a nation, perhaps - and this is by no means a universally held or implemented belief. (Just ask Saudi women, people under 18, Arab ...


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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 relationship in the world. A lot of the Canadian economy is dependent on trade with America; a leader that has a habit of throwing tariffs left and right can ...


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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. In a more modern context, using blackface demonstrates an ignorance of history and insensitivity even when not deployed with an intent to caricature. It also ...


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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 was in the West. I was more amused by the fact that he looks like a fake tan addict than offended by any kind of cultural...insensitivity? Blackface was a big ...


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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 listed group can apply to the Solicitor General for their removal. Their decision can then be challenged by the group in the form of a judicial review. After ...


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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 restrictions (e.g. incitement, elicitation) False statements of fact (e.g. libel, slander, perjury) Obscenity (very tightly interpreted, and only regulated in public) ...


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"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 are closely related. The USA is big, rich and powerful. Decisions of the President will have direct consequences for people around the world. So Canadians ...


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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 other things). These boards issue quotas to producers. For instance, a dairy farmer may own a quota of, say 50 kg of milk fat. Thus he could produce milk until ...


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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 the Point Roberts economy was based on price/tax differences, e.g. one Point Roberts store owner complains that: "When you have a 38,000-square foot store ...


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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 Canadian Human Rights Act It adds gender identity or expression as protected classes to the criminal code, specifically to a section about hate propaganda and to ...


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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 laws prohibiting discrimination in areas such as health and safety) prohibit discrimination on a range of specific protected characteristics. In Manitoba, for ...


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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 been victims of discrimination in the past so European societies (and their new-world descendants) tend to grant special protections to Jews on top of the general ...


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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's not a mandatory French language test to achieve residence, for example. Historically, Canada speaks French for the same reason as Latin America speaks ...


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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 has no legal basis on which to detain her. The public part of the deal is: Ms Meng agrees to follow certain instructions set by the US court. The court defers ...


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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 into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States. ...


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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 government declares a particular reservation, some native tribes may decline to acknowledge that the Government of Canada has the sovereign right to do so. In British ...


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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 provincial level, Quebec is French and New Brunswick is bilingual, while all the other provinces are English, whether officially or not, but provide at least some ...


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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 China of using them as political bargaining chips. The two men had maintained their innocence throughout. At a news conference, Canadian Prime Minister Justin ...


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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 Europe) to allow people to cross the border [source] As such, both the USA and Canada are free to close the border for any or no reason, and there is no requirement ...


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The answer is very simple. The President of the USA is potentially by far the most dangerous person threatening the existence of life on earth. People like Kim-Jong-Un or a few Middle-Eastern religious fanatics don't even come close. When the current President is actively engaged in manipulating the outcome of the next election by direct interference with ...


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Some short-term models of the economic effects of global warming do point to benefits for the Northern countries. In the long run however, the models tend to point to "everybody loses". But like with all long-run projections, it's harder to be certain of country-specific effects. From https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0282-y


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