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October Briefing

Drug policy and drug reality in Canada - the example of Vancouver

The KAS Canada Briefings are special reports that deal with important national issues.

Immigration and the Public

Centre for Migration Studies Working Paper Series 2023/5

Michael McArthur/CBC News

September Briefing

Young Canadians’ Biggest Fears

KAS Canada Briefings are monthly reports that address prominent national issues.

KAS Canada/Annika Weikinnis

Worst poll results since 2015: Justin Trudeau becomes a burden for his party

Canada's Conservatives are riding a mood high

The dissatisfaction of the Canadian population with their governing party and its leader has reached new depths. There seems to be no end in sight to the Liberals' 15-month slide. The popularity of both the party and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has steadily declined, and the latest results of opinion polls by Canada's leading institutes are not likely to reassure the Liberals' worried base. At the same time, the Conservatives (CPC) under their charismatic leader Pierre Poilievre are basking in poll results that currently even suggest that a majority government for the party, which has remained in opposition since 2015, is possible.

Canada-Germany Resource Security: Navigating in a Changing World Order

Our approach to this report included an environmental scan of current media related to the Canada-Germany relationship and energy landscape, a review of relevant public opinion research, and insight from in-depth interviews with policy and sector experts in Canada and Germany.

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Why Charles III will not also be Charles the Last for Canada

Despite Canadians' discomfort with the monarchy and their British king: for now, the crown is not replaceable

On May 2, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the target of an unusual attack. During Question Period of the Canadian House of Commons, Rhéal Éloi Fortin, a member of the opposition Bloc Québécois (BC) from the French-speaking part of Canada, expressed his disapproval of the Prime Minister's participation in the coronation of Charles III on May 6 in London. Trudeau had therefore specially adjusted his schedule and left the concurrent party convention of his governing Liberals only after the first day, May 4, in order to arrive in Europe on time. "He could have sent someone in his place, such as a minister, but his priority is to prostrate himself before the king," Fortin shouted loudly into the chamber. By then, however, Trudeau had already left it, and his Canadian Heritage Minister had to fend off the attack. True, as a regional party, the BC has traditionally been anti-British and anti-monarchist - as early as the 18th century, France had to cede large parts of its Canadian possessions to Great Britain. But Fortin's contribution, placed specifically at the start of Coronation Week in Great Britain, tapped into a currently quite measurable antipathy throughout Canada toward the British monarchy and its still authoritative role in the country.

Blair Gable / Reuters

The Canadians look ahead with mixed feelings

Economic and social issues dominate the demoscopic picture at the start of 2023 - and Prime Minister Trudeau gets poor marks

Traditionally, the relevant Canadian polling institutes present the results of their most important, latest surveys at the beginning of the year. They serve as a barometer of the population's mood on key issues for the coming twelve months. At the beginning of 2023, probably the most important finding from the wealth of data is that Canadians feel that they and their country are in a permanent crisis. The reasons for this are manifold and have both geopolitical and domestic political backgrounds. Politicians seem to have failed so far to effectively counter the pessimistic trend, neither through people nor through policy designs. However, the survey results also contain some paradoxes.

Responding Jointly to Russian Aggression

The symbiotic relationship between Ukrainian diaspora and the Canadian government

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Does the UN Model Still Work? Challenges and Prospects for the Future of Multilateralism

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Using the Past to Define the Present: An Introduction to Memory Politics in Canada & Europe

This digital booklet introduces the theme of ‘memory politics’ and aims at explaining why the commemoration of history matters, offering thought-provoking examples and ideas for students at high schools and universities. It explores historical narratives from North America and Europe, places where these narratives have recently taken on significant meaning in public debates. The booklet includes many illustrations, links to other sources and stimulates discussions among students based on the many brainstorming questions we included in the booklet. The project’s main goal is to provide a tool for students, teachers, museum and commemoration sites in order to raise awareness of how remembering the past is a complex task, and how it can be used for political purposes in the news, in political speeches, or on social media.

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