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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.
Justin Trudeau vs Sun Media: Should Politicians Boycott the Handout/Adam Scotti/Twitter

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