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Samuel Mosonyi is an incoming Gates Cambridge Scholar in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. His writing focuses on Canadian legal, political, and constitutional issues.

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Mulcair Was the One Out of Line at Question Period

(51) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 5:54 PM

A sad spectacle occurred in Question Period this Tuesday, with an exchange between Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair and Paul Calandra, the Prime Minister's Parliamentary Secretary. Mulcair asked the government whether the Canadian military mission in Iraq would extend beyond thirty days. Calandra responded by questioning the NDP's commitment...

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U of C Abortion Display Verdict Not a Victory for Free Speech

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 3:51 PM

The University of Calgary recently reversed the guilty verdict of seven pro-life students who were found guilty of non-academic misconduct for setting up a display with graphic photos comparing abortion to the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. The University of Calgary initially demanded that the students set up...

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Broadcasters Should Not Censor Political Ads

(14) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 8:44 AM

Political speech is seemingly under attack from the last place we might expect: Canadian media broadcasters. CBC, Radio Canada, CTV, Rogers, and Shaw (which owns Global TV) announced last month that they would no longer air political advertisements that include material taken from their airwaves without express authorization.

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The Senate Reference and Taking Steps Forward

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 4:22 PM

The Supreme Court just released its long-awaited Senate Reference decision. And the response was spectacularly rebuking.

Harper posed the following questions to the Court and the following responses were provided. I have significantly condensed the decision for easy access.

Harper: Can the federal government unilaterally impose term limits...

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The Conservatives' Clever Ploy With the Truth in Sentencing Act

(2) Comments | Posted April 22, 2014 | 12:44 PM

The Supreme Court's recent ruling on the application of the Truth in Sentencing Act was depicted in various media outlets as being part of a trend of recent decisions rebuffing the Conservative government's justice agenda. While this could describe a number of recent decisions, the current ruling is...

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The Ongoing Trend of Corruption in Student Unions

(8) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:44 PM

Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) are withholding student funds from the Student Association after it failed to provide audited financial statements for the 2012-2013 school year.

Universities have, on occasion, intervened and exercised their power to withhold money from student unions acting...

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Ontario Legislature Should Use Speaker's Warrant to Learn What Really Happened

(0) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:46 PM

Recently leaked emails between Dalton McGuinty's former advisers reveal that they attempted to convince the Speaker to change his mind on an important contempt ruling against former Energy Minister Chris Bentley.

Since the emails have been leaked, Don Guy responded via email to The Globe and Mail...

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Oath to Queen Is a Political Question, Not a Legal One

(2) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:39 AM

Three permanent residents in Canada recently challenged the requirement to swear an oath to the Queen in order to obtain citizenship, claiming that it violated their Charter rights to free expression and religion, and that it discriminated against people of other national origins. A very similar case has,...

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Why Harper Should Hug His Backbenchers Tight

(4) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 12:24 PM

One year ago today, few would have predicted the incredible emergence of an empowered backbench resulting from an increasingly agitated Conservative caucus and an unprecedented ruling by the Speaker.

Beginning with Stephen Woodworth's motion to re-examine the issue of the definition of a human being, a number of Harper's Cabinet...

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How Soon Before We're Dependent on Google Glass?

(3) Comments | Posted June 20, 2013 | 12:14 PM

Google Glass, the head-mounted, voice-operated smartphone headset, will likely prove revolutionary for telecommunications and mobile computing. It may even be the most significant development in mobile technology since the smartphone. It has not officially been released yet and it has already sparked interest among consumers, pundits, and analysts....

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Why Aren't Canadian MPs Paying Their Taxes?

(3) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 12:21 PM

Within these past few weeks, Canadian politics has been so tumultuously rocked with the worrying stories of Rob Ford and Mike Duffy that a number of other issues have not been explored as deeply as they should have been. For example, the ruling in the Robocall case by the Federal...

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Will an LCBO Strike Spark a Private Party?

(5) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 12:05 PM

The looming LCBO strike threat has suddenly gotten all sorts of Ontarians anxious about a potentially dry next few days (or weeks). LCBO workers, who are represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), voted 95 per cent in favour of striking, and the deadline is approaching.

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Should We Be Worried About Bitcoin?

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Is there an anonymous, free, and untrackable virtual currency currently making its sweep across the World Wide Web? It is not quite that simple, but Bitcoin is poised to become the next big thing in computing and finance.

How do Bitcoins come into existence? According to

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Tom Flanagan and the Decline of Academic Freedom in Canada

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 5:00 PM

After Tom Flanagan, a professor at the University of Calgary, remarked at a University of Lethbridge lecture that he had grave doubts for jailing those who view child pornography "because of their taste in pictures," someone caught the footage on camera and posted it online. He was instantly...

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Waterloo Should Not Stifle Free Speech

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 4:57 PM

At the University of Waterloo last week, Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth was scheduled to speak to a group of students at an event organized by the Students for Life campus club. Stephen Woodworth, a staunchly pro-life MP, had previously brought forth a motion in Parliament to...

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When Transparency Can Hurt Democracy

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 8:29 AM

A Department of Justice lawyer, Edgar Schmidt, recently challenged his employer in court, alleging that the process that the Department uses to analyze whether proposed legislation is in accordance with the Charter is against the law. Schmidt alleges in his claim that since 1993, the Department of Justice...

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Does the Canadian Federation of Students Care About Students?

(4) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 11:41 AM

Clarification: In the original blog post, not all statements of fact regarding 1) the University of Guelph's referendum on leaving the Canadian Federation of Students and 2) the University of Saskatchewan's referendum on joining the Canadian Federation of Students were expressly tied and linked to their supporting sources. These ties...

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The Ontario Teacher's Union Is Holding Students Hostage

(51) Comments | Posted January 11, 2013 | 7:40 AM

Ontario high school students are being disproportionately affected by the conflict between the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) and the provincial government. The OSSTF mandated its members to withdraw from extracurricular activities in early December. Given that the Liberals have imposed contracts under Bill 115 for a...

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