What's the People's Party really about?

Our next federal election will be held Oct. 21, 2019. For the first time, Canadians will have the choice to vote for the People’s Party of Canada. Today in The Conversation Canada, Brian Budd of the University of Guelph gives a first-hand account of a rally he attended for Maxine Bernier’s new party – a party that most of us still don’t know much about. His conclusion: the far right movement doesn’t stop at political borders and the People’s Party may be “a viable pathway” for alt-right thinkers “to mainstreaming their xenophobic and nationalistic beliefs in Canada.”

North Korea and Cuba are both Communist countries, but they are very different nations. Robert Huish and Peter Steele of Dalhousie University look at the strange diplomacy between the two countries and how one major difference – the treatment of children – sets them apart.

And finally…Recently, posters declaring that “It’s okay to be white” appeared on the campuses of Canadian universities. Matthew Flisfeder of the University of Winnipeg helps us understand what’s behind these messages.


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Maxime Bernier speaks about his new political party during a news conference in Ottawa in September 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

What I learned at a People’s Party of Canada rally

Brian Budd, University of Guelph

Maxime Bernier's new political party may be able to swipe some votes from the Conservatives. But it's going nowhere if he allows it to remain a conduit for xenophobia, nativism and white supremacy.

North Korea and Cuba have struck up a friendship that is particularly bizarre given each country’s attitudes towards children. North Korean children, left, live an Orwellian nightmare at the hands of its socialist government while Cuban children, right, are revered, supported and celebrated. The Associated Press

What about the kids? The worrisome Cuba-North Korea friendship

Robert Huish, Dalhousie University; Peter Steele, Dalhousie University

The new friendship between North Korea and Cuba is puzzling. The two countries should share values as socialist republics, but their brands of socialism are worlds apart when it comes to children.

The ‘It’s okay to be white’ poster campaign, seen in the context of reacting to ‘Black Lives Matter,’ cannot be seen as benign. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The trouble with saying ‘it’s okay to be white’

Matthew Flisfeder, University of Winnipeg

Posters with the phrase "It's okay to be white" were found around the campus of the University of Manitoba. What does it really mean?


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