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Emmett Macfarlane

Political Scientist, University of Waterloo

I am a political scientist whose research examines the relationships between rights, governance and public policy, with a particular focus on the Supreme Court of Canada's impact on public policy and political discourse under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo. I also teach at UWaterloo's Master of Public Service program.

I earned my Ph.D (2009) and MA (2005) in political science at Queen's University, and a BA (2003) at the University of Western Ontario. In 2009-10, I was an Associate of the Canada Program at Harvard's Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. During the 2010-11 academic year, I was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School. In 2011-2012 I taught at the University of Victoria.
I have published in the International Political Science Review, Supreme Court Law Review, Canadian Journal of Political Science, Review of Constitutional Studies, Canadian Public Administration, and the Queen's Law Journal.
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Justin Trudeau vs Sun Media: Should Politicians Boycott the Media?

The decision by Justin Trudeau to refuse to answer questions from Sun Media reporters -- in the aftermath of a lame, offensive diatribe by one of their television personalities -- sparks an interesting debate about the media and its relationship with our elected representatives. I'm not entirely sure where I stand on Trudeau's decision, other than to raise the following questions: How disreputable does a "news" organization have to be before a politician's decision to boycott would be palatable?
09/29/2014 04:35 EDT