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Business in Vancouver Tue June 28 2016 By: Nelson BennettBritish voters’ decision in the Brexit referendum could affect other free trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to a Business in Vancouver article that quoted two UBC experts. James Brander, an economist specializing in international trade, pointed out that opposition to free trade is rising, particularly in the U.S. Political scientist Allan Craigie commented that there is growing resentment over being “dictated to” by Brussels.
A related BIV article focused on the economic fallout from Brexit. Brander offered the view that there should be no direct effect on Canada. Kurt Huebner, a political science professor at UBC’s Institute for European Studies, thought that the Canadian dollar could appreciate, if the British pound devalues significantly.
Craigie and UBC political science professor Yves Tiberghien also spoke to Roundhouse Radio. In Tiberghien’s view, Britain will be sorting out its politics first before it starts the long process of formal withdrawal from the EU.
Ottawa Citizen Mon June 27 2016 By: Maxwell A. CameronThe Ottawa Citizen published an op-ed by Maxwell A. Cameron, director of UBC’s Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, on the potential for electoral reform to encourage better behaviour.
“Democracy is enriched to the degree that citizens grapple with the same issues as elected officials, so that the decisions made in the corridors of power reflect opinions formed in the broader social milieu. If the public can come to judgment on the matter of electoral reform, it will be easier for politicians to do the right thing, and to do it for the right reasons, in the right way, and at the right time,” he wrote.
The article also appeared in the Vancouver Sun.
Vancouver Sun Fri June 24 2016 By: Arjun ChowdhuryUBC political scientist Arjun Chowdhury wrote an op-ed for the Vancouver Sun on the unique situation of guns and violence in the United States.
“Foreigners marvel at how the U.S. can tolerate, year after year, massacres of innocents like children, cinema-goers, and nightclub revellers. In his speeches on the topic, President Obama reveals both frustration at the inability to restrict gun ownership, and resignation at the frequency of such violence,” Chowdhury wrote. “Sadly, resignation will remain the dominant sentiment. There are too many guns, and, paradoxically, too few gun owners to prevent such massacres occurring again.”
Maclean's Sat June 25 2016 By: Jonathon Gatehouse, Charlie Gillis and Sally HaydenUBC experts commented on political and economic prospects in the post-Brexit era.
Professor emeritus of economics John Helliwell told Maclean’s that political leaders will need to reconsider the assumption that more integration is better, saying: “Most of economic and social life is lived pretty locally. You don’t need to align many of your institutions with those in other countries to get the main advantages from it. The world trade system has been a pretty open one for the last 50 years.”
Kurt Huebner, a professor of European studies, told the Vancouver Sun that while the referendum is not binding, it would be “political suicide” to not follow through. He believes the Brexit vote ‘would start a constitutional crisis, with Irish unification and Scottish independence going back on the agenda. The Sun story also appeared in the National Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen,Calgary Herald and other Postmedia outlets.
Political scientist Allan Craigie told News 1130: “We are entering into a period of unknown now. There has been nothing like this in the annals of world history.”
In another News 1130 interview, political science professor Yves Tiberghien believes Britain’s vote could influence other members of the EU, such as the Netherlands and France, where a number of groups are calling for a referendum. However, other countries that receive support from the EU, such as Hungary, would probably stay with the European Union.
Globe and Mail Wed June 22 2016 By: Ann HuiThe Globe and Mail interviewed UBC history professor Henry Yu for a story on the significance of Chinese restaurants in small towns across Canada.
Yu explained how Chinese families came to Canada with the idea of “Gold Mountain” or a life where young poor men could travel and make enough money to alter the course of their family’s lives. “What connects it all is family,” he said. “The restaurants are just the vehicles. It’s all about the families.”
MSN Sun June 26 2016 By: Matt KieltykaA UBC roundtable on electoral reform was featured in an article on MSN. The goal of the daylong panel with members of the federal government is to “kick start” the discussion, since the Liberal government has established a Special Committee on Electoral Reform.
UBC political scientist Max Cameron said the current system needs to be changed. “It tends to create false majority government,” he said. “We’ve had many governments in Canada that have not had the majority of the popular vote but win a majority of the seats which gives it 100 per cent of the power.”
The story also appeared in Metro News.
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