Kokulan Mahendiran
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Kokulan Mahendiran, FRSA, is a passionate entrepreneur and political commentator, interested in politics, law and development. He has completed graduate coursework at both Harvard University and the London School of Economics in addition to undergraduate studies at McGill University.

Mahendiran has worked for both the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust in Colombo, Sri Lanka and the House of Commons in London, UK. In Montreal, he has held executive positions in various organizations and has been especially involved with the Class Action initiative, serving as co-chair in 2012.

Highly active in civic life, he has also given interviews or been featured in CTV National News, CTV News Montreal, the National Post, the India Journal, Yahoo News, Canada.com, Newsana, the Bull & Bear and Sirius Radio. He has further written Op-Eds for various publications including the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, and the Huffington Post.

Mahendiran was recognized for his "outstanding service to the community" in 2013 with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2014, Mahendiran was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. He was also awarded the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, for his contribution "to help others and to build a smart and caring nation," by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.

Entries by Kokulan Mahendiran

The Conservative Party's Opportunity For Real Change

(5) Comments | Posted February 16, 2017 | 7:23 AM

While the main output of the ongoing battle for the Conservative Party of Canada's leadership has been a deluge of candidates, a few interesting policies have also surfaced. The nation's most famous libertarian, Maxime Bernier, has unsurprisingly come out with the most provocative propositions: the abolishment of supply...

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The Shocking Way That I Was Denied a Vote in the Quebec Elections

(98) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 11:58 AM

Having followed the events surrounding the upcoming provincial elections in Quebec quite closely, I was very excited to finally get my name on the electoral rolls. Well aware of the fact that Anglophones who had moved to Quebec, especially students, were having a hard time getting registered, I...

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Has Canada's Reputation Really Diminished Since Harper Took the Reins?

(113) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 1:25 PM

For quite some time now, the opposition parties in this country have been trying to gain political capital through claims of Canada's international reputation having diminished since Stephen Harper took the reins in 2006.

Everyone from the Liberals to the NDP to the

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Why We Shouldn't Mourn CIDA

(49) Comments | Posted March 28, 2013 | 1:18 PM

When I first heard about the dismantling of the Canadian International Development Agency in the government's recent budget, I was rather dismayed. This is, after all, an agency with a very noble and commendable mandate, namely to "support development in developing countries in order to reduce poverty and...

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Open Letter to Pauline Marois, Premier of Quebec

(5) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 6:27 PM

Dear Premier Marois,

Speaking at the infamous Summit on Higher Education you held last month, McGill Principal Heather Munroe-Blum warned, "The quality of Quebec's teaching and research is at risk." Perhaps you thought she, along with all those who do not share your intolerant, inequitable and highly partisan beliefs were...

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