Surface-Level Politics – A Minor Analysis of Yesterday’s Debate

There are so many things that you can nit-pick and focus on in last nights debate, where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in a response-long and answer-less debate. This was also the first opportunity for Americans (and people around the world) to see what Donald Trump is like in a formal and respected forum like the Presidential debate. And even though I was live-tweeting most of it, most of my tweets happen to be jokes about what was being said instead of any actual policy debate.

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This is what I want to focus on. Donald Trump said something which raised a huge red flag for most people. And that was this:

“She doesn’t have the look. She doesn’t have the stamina, I said she doesn’t have the stamina, and I don’t believe she does have the stamina” – Donald Trump, Presidential Candidate

Stamina? If stamina is a criteria, you might as well hire The Rock or Seth Rollins or even Rusev (I mean he was WWE United States Champion before last weekend, amirite?)

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How Does Canada’s National Anthem Make Us More Inclusive?

It almost seemed like the end of a Hollywood film where MP Mauril Belanger, who was recently diagnosed with ALS (or Lou Gehrig’s disease), finally saw his Bill C-210 being voted in the House of Commons. Bill C-210, the bill to make the Canadian national anthem more gender inclusive, passed in the House by a voice vote.

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The specific change is to the line in all thy sons command, which will now change to in all of us command.

But what does this change do?

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Ramadan, Canadian Politics and Struggle

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslims all over the world. Every year during the Islamic month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Although Muslims consume food or water during daylight, Muslims also cannot do anything that would be considered sinful (lying, etc.). The month is about spiritually building yourself into a better person.

Although it does sound like a struggle, it is actually a time of happiness. I’ve always seen Ramadan as a time to get together with your family and community, and to focus on yourself as a member of society.

This is why I think it’s amazing that Canadian politicians are going around making videos wishing Canadian-Muslims ‘Ramadan Kareem’ (which translates to generous Ramadan). This past election, which saw the Liberals take a majority government, was a big election for Canadian-Muslims. Groups like Canadian Muslim Vote and many others worked on getting Muslims to take part in civic engagement.

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Some thoughts on banning the Islamic Head-Scarf (and other Religious symbols)

I recently read an interesting article about a top EU Court advisor who suggested that banning the Islamic head-scarf may be justified if all religious symbols are banned as well.

This opens up a very interesting debate on banning not just Islamic symbols, but other religious symbols as well. It also opens up the debate on what we define a symbol as. Is the head-scarf, or hijab, really a symbol of Islam? Has it not been used before by other religions?

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Should Canada Restore Relations With Iran?

Canada has a history when it comes to it’s diplomatic relations with Iran. Canada had closed their embassy in Iran in 2012 and expelled all Iranian diplomats.

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Justin Trudeau’s Anniversary in Japan a Selfish Decision or a Great Example?

As soon as I heard this story, I knew someone was going to complain about it.

Recently, Justin Trudeau had announced that during his visit to Japan for the G7 summit he would be taking a day to celebrate his anniversary with his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau.

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Many critics have expressed concern about this decision, with many claiming that this would be a waste of taxpayers money.

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Justin Trudeau’s ‘Elbowgate Scandal’

We’ve seen many government scandals in the past few years, whether it be the Senate expense scandal or any scandal related to the Panama Papers. However the latest scandal, cleverly named ‘elbowgate’, is one of those scandals you hear about and truly wonder why so much time is dedicated to what the people in the UK political arena would call “Monday”.

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For those of you who don’t know, elbowgate refers to the actions of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the House on May 18th. During a vote on limiting the debate on Bill C-14, Trudeau grabbed Conservative whip Gord Brown by the arm and dragged him through a crowd of NDP MPs, who were blocking his way, in an effort to speed up his vote. He had hit NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau in the chest while doing so.

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Affordable Internet Access Should be a Human Right

One thing that separates the internet apart from real-life is the difference in hierarchical structure. Unlike real-life, the internet does not pull your race, gender or finances in order to define you. Regardless of who you are on the internet, you would not gain or lose any special privileges. This kind of social equality is partially the reason of why the internet is so great (and horrible at the same time). Users are more or less free to choose who they want to be and what they want to do on the internet. Whether it be a troll on forums or a professional viewer of cat pictures, the choices are virtually unlimited. The only limitation to using the internet, is whether one can afford to access it.

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Muslims Should Turn People In, According to Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s opinion on Muslims are always so interesting.

When Sadiq Khan became the newly elected Mayor of London, Donald Trump expressed his happiness and even offered for Khan to be the ‘exception’ to his no-Muslim rule. This, to me, came off as kind of patronizing and sounds like “if when you’ve proven you’re a nice enough Muslims you can come into the United States of America”.

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But Donald Trump recently said in an interview with UK’s ITV that Muslims should work with the police and “turn people in”.

You know, as if all Muslim communities are like those friendly cul-de-sacs where everyone is friends with everyone and that one guy who lives in the corner house, Rasheed, is up to no good.

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Panama Papers: Are Offshore Companies Legit?

With the Panama Papers making big headlines, the question arises whether offshore companies and trusts are legitimate. While there are many legitimate uses for offshore companies, we can also see that there are many people who are using it to avoid taxes.

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