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Gavin Charles

Graduate student and news junkie

Gavin is a Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia, which is also where he completed his undergraduate studies. He then crossed the pond to take up a place in the MSc International Relations programme at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gavin has worked as a tour guide in the Parliament of Canada and at Rideau Hall, and as an intern in a British MP’s Westminster office. He also debated competitively for many years, and mentored for Debate Mate in a Lambeth primary school. His blog focuses on Canadian politics.

Not Quebecois or American? The Elections Still Matter

There are two elections this autumn that will have repercussions throughout Canada. The first happens in Quebec next week, the second in the United States in November. What makes these so important? What happens in Quebec next week and in the United States in two months' time will help shape the future, not only in that province and country, but for all of Canada as well.
08/30/2012 05:14 EDT

Hey Tories, Celebrating the War of 1812 Should Not be Partisan

This year marks the bicentennial of the outbreak of the War of 1812, and it is right that Canadians recognize and celebrate its significance. To celebrate and commemorate only those parts -- indeed, those parts of parts -- of Canadian history that fit the talking points and policy direction of a particular government is to diminish the true greatness of the Canadian story.
06/26/2012 12:23 EDT

Let's Form a Committee on the Committee Problem

It's disconcerting to read that members of all three main federal parties agree that the current committee system is seriously flawed. One long-time Liberal MP, Mauril Belanger, quit a committee on which he had served for nearly two decades, saying it was no longer possible to accomplish anything in what had become a hyper-partisan environment.
05/11/2012 04:49 EDT

Good Riddance F-35s: You Just Took Up (Air) Space

The Canadian government is adopting a newly flexible stance on the purchase of fighter jets to replace Canada's aging fleet. The urban and covert warfare that increasingly defines combat missions in the 21st century cannot be fought with fighter jets. Nor is there a threat to Canada at home that can be countered with aerial domination.
03/21/2012 10:41 EDT

Why Economics Shouldn't Be Everything in Canada-China Relations

It may well be that Canadian influence on Chinese political and legal affairs will be strengthened by Canada's economic partnership with China and that private discussions can achieve more than public condemnations. If that is indeed the case, the Canadian government should be proactive in starting these conversations.
02/21/2012 04:55 EST

Why We Need to Reform Deportation Rules for Bad-Doers

if we're going to take the position that our governments are responsible for the future fates of all those who enter our countries, the deportation process should be streamlined so that decisive factors such as risk of torture are established earlier, before large amounts of time and money are spent on legal hearings.
01/27/2012 06:05 EST

Government's Gay-Marriage Gaffe

Canada has already recognized the legitimacy of same-sex marriage, in both the courtroom and the legislature. It's downright silly for Canada to refuse to divorce a couple it agreed to marry on the grounds that the marriage never really happened.
01/13/2012 01:09 EST