Leaving China? Your books, maps and DVDs may be confiscated

Los Angeles Times Mon Oct 26 2015 By: Julie Makinen

A Los Angeles Times article says Chinese authorities appear to have ramped up efforts to confiscate “objectionable” printed or audiovisual material from foreigners leaving the country, hinting at a growing sensitivity toward material that might stray from the official line on territorial issues.

“Regimes that are anxious about their legitimacy fetishize the signs of legitimacy,” said Tim Brook, a professor of Chinese history at UBC. “So one of the signs of legitimacy is a map–there you are one colour, your borders are all drawn properly and you look like a proper state.”

Elizabeth May as environment minister? 3 petitions vote yes

CBC News Wed Oct 21 2015

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier responded to proposals that Green leader Elizabeth May should be appointed environment minister. If May were to join Trudeau’s cabinet, it would essentially mean abandoning the Greens and being “co-opted into the Liberal caucus,” Baier said.

He thinks it would be preferable for May to be given some sort of other role on environmental issues.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

David Moscrop, a PhD student in political science at UBC, told News 1130 that May would be more effective as a critic or private adviser to Trudeau.

NDP will let Thomas Mulcair decide his fate as leader

Toronto Star Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Joanna Smith

Analysts say the NDP won’t push Thomas Mulcair to resign and will let him decide whether he will stay on as leader.

“I know that Tom Mulcair is extremely resilient and that for him, politics is not about himself, it’s for the greater good,” said UBC professor and former Layton environmental policy adviser Michael Byers. “So if he thinks the greater good of the party and country is served by him staying, at least for a while, he will do that.”

A similar article appeared on MSN.

Red wave rolls over North Shore

North Shore News Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Brent Richter

An article on the Liberal victory in all three North Shore ridings featured a roundtable of UBC experts who analyzed the election results.

The academics agreed that the Liberals were the most effective at drawing support from their rival parties.

“As it became clear that the Liberals had the best shot of unseating the Conservatives, I think a bandwagon began to form behind Justin Trudeau,” said UBC political science professor Max Cameron.

How did strategic voting play out on election day?

News 1130 Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Martin MacMahon

UBC political scientist Stewart Prest says strategic voting produced mixed results in specific ridings although it proved effective on a national level.

“The more targeted riding-by riding-approach, it seems like that’s still a work in progress and I’m not sure we’re totally there yet given the complexities of predicting what happens at the riding level,” Prest said.

A busy day at the polls

The Province Mon Oct 19 2015 By: John Colebourn

UBC political scientist Max Cameron said Canadians followed the election closely because many were undecided right up to election day.

He noted that voter turnout goes up when the race is unusually competitive.

B.C. Liberals vow to run deficit-free

Vancouver Sun Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Canadian Press

UBC political scientist David Moscrop is quoted in an article on the provincial Liberals’ plans to continue to produce a balanced budget despite Justin Trudeau’s promise to run deficits.

Moscrop said he expects Trudeau to work much better with cities than Harper did.

Similar articles appeared in The Province and Huffington Post.

Post-election analysis with Peter O’Neil

The Vancouver Sun Wed Oct 21 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

UBC professor Richard Johnston discussed voter apathy, Liberals, and Kinder Morgan in a post-election interview.

Among other things, Johnston talked about the refreshing levels of participation in the election. People were deeply engaged in the issues and did not make excuses for not participating.

“Young people grasped their citizenship with both hands and went out and acted on it, so far as we can tell,” Johnston said.

Election 42: What happened and what now?

Vancity Buzz Tues Oct 20 2015 By: David Moscrop

UBC political scientist David Moscrop admits the election results were “shocking” and offers a few explanations for the outcome.

The Liberals ran a near-flawless campaign focused on substantive issues, while the Conservatives and New Democrats stumbled, according to Moscrop.

“I suspect folks were more concerned about jettisoning the Tories than choosing the Grits,” Moscrop wrote. “I do think the strategic vote coalesced around the Liberals over time, which is why, if you look at a graph of the party’s support between August and October, you can see a steady increase with some surge moments.”

Electoral reform should still be a Liberal priority

National Post Wed Oct 21 2015 By: Spencer McKay

UBC political scientist Spencer McKay urges the Liberals to follow through on their promise of electoral reform and to listen to other voices as they draft policy. “Reform is essential for the long-term success of democracy in this country,” wrote McKay in an op-ed. “The Liberals ran on a platform of ‘Real Change’ and Canadians deserve to see them live up to it.”

Clark in ‘complete alignment’ with Trudeau on infrastructure spending

The Globe and Mail Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Ian Bailey

An article on Christy Clark’s plans on infrastructure spending mentions a UBC academics’ forum on the election results. UBC political scientist Kathryn Harrison noted at the event that B.C. has a number of “strong women” that Justin Trudeau could tap to add gender balance in his cabinet. These women include former native leader Jody Wilson-Raybould and former West Vancouver mayor Pamela Goldsmith-Jones.

Trudeau unlikely to change voting system

CBC News Wed Oct 21 2015 By: Belle Puri

Prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau promised to change Canada’s “first-past-the-post” voting system but he may change his mind after his party won by a landslide.

“A majority…gives the Liberals the means to make change but paradoxically, at least in this respect, diminishes their motivation,” said UBC political science professor Max Cameron. “It gives them many, many more seats than they got in terms of percentage of the popular vote. In some sense, they’ve got not a lot to gain from changing the current system.”

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Polls having unprecedented effect on the way you’re voting: expert

News 1130 Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Sonia Aslam, Kenny Mason

The biggest influence on voters is the polls, says UBC political scientist Max Cameron, speaking on election Day. At the start of the campaign, the race was three-way but this changed after a number of polls came out, with many people deciding to vote strategically.

NDP accused of playing it too safe and losing its passion

The Province Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Kent Spencer

A post-election article in The Province including UBC political science professor Max Cameron, who says the NDP suffered from the Liberal surge, with voters choosing Trudeau so they could vote out Stephen Harper.

“Over time the Conservatives shifted to mean-spirited issues like the niqab,” Cameron said. “There was a repudiation of the politics of divisiveness and the voters who wanted to move Harper out stampeded to the Liberals instead of the NDP.”

Liberal surge wipes out half of Conservative MPs in B.C.

The Province Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Susan Lazaruk

Commenting on the election results, UBC political scientist David Moscrop predicts the Conservatives will be busy finding a new leader, adding that two Conservatives who won their seats–Ed Fast and Dianne Watts–will do fine in a shadow cabinet for the official Opposition.