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Gender gap and beyond: Are women the key to a Conservative majority?

Elisabeth Gidengil, McGill University
Guest Contributor

The term “gender gap” became a staple of political commentary following the 1980 United States presidential election. In that election, women were much less likely than men to vote for Ronald Reagan. The term is now used to refer to any differences in the political preferences and political behaviour of women and men. Gender gaps are one reason why the Conservatives have still not been able to break out of minority territory. In the 2008 federal election, women were less likely than men to vote Conservative and the five-point difference could well have been enough to deny them a majority....

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Canadian scholars in solidarity with Chile

Malinda S. Smith, vice-president (Equity)
CFHSS

Perhaps the epic poem, La Araucana, said it best:  “Chile, province fertile and marked / in the famed region of Antarctica / by remote nations respected / for its strength, nobility, and power.”

Chile is a land known for its Nobel Prize-winning poets Gabriela Mistral (Lucila Godoy Alayago) and Pablo Neruda, world-renowned novelists including Francisco Núñez de Pineda y Bascuñán, Ariel Dorfman, Isabel Allende and Luis Sepúlveda, painters such as Nemesio Antunez and Roberto Matta, and musicians that include the likes of Inti-Illumani and Quilapayún. We also know it for its resilience, after surviving decades of dictatorship and disappearances.

On 27 February 2010, Chile became known for something else:...

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Unreasonably focusing on reasonable accommodation in Canada?

Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens, Université de Montréal
Guest Contributor

Here we go again.  As I write this entry, a new controversy has erupted following a Quebec government’s decision to allow private Chassidic schools to hold classes on weekends and even during the summer.  The idea underlying this decision is to permit these schools to teach both their religion-heavy curriculum, which they already do, and the compulsory subjects prescribed by the department of education (French, history, maths, etc.), which they are barely doing...

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Après la fièvre olympique, au tour du budget fédéral

Pierre Normand, CFHSS Director of Communications

Photo courtesy RobMan170 on Flickr.

Alors que les Canadiens continuent d’être captivés par le drame personnel de la patineuse Joannie Rochette et regagnent espoir de décrocher une première médaille d’or en hockey masculin, on commence à en apprendre un peu plus sur les plans du gouvernement quant au prochain budget fédéral. Les signaux envoyés aux médias il y a quelques jours pointaient vers un budget poursuivant les efforts de relance économique amorcés avec le budget 2009 mais surtout vers un budget sans nouvelles dépenses.   Or, voilà que ce matin on a adoucit le ton en laissant entendre qu’il pourrait y avoir...

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Why gender still matters in politics

Brenda O'Neill, University of Calgary
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It’s safe to say that the issue of ‘women in politics’ no longer generates the attention that it once did. The 1984 leaders’ debate between John Turner (Liberal), Brian Mulroney (Progressive Conservative) and Ed Broadbent (New Democratic Party) on such issues as pay equity, affirmative action, abortion and child care seems unlikely to be repeated in the near future. Women’s issues simply do not generate this level of attention. An exception can be the appearance of women running for high political office – Hillary...

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