Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet strikes right B.C. balance: UBC prof

Metro News Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Matt Kieltyka

UBC political scientist Max Cameron approves of the Liberals’ choice of three B.C. MPs for Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

“There were some complicated choices when you’re balancing regions, gender balance and expertise,” Cameron said. “I think [the cabinet] sounds about right and has a reasonable regional balance for B.C.”

Better relations between the feds and the province

News 1130 Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Martin MacMahon

Justin Trudeau’s decision to formally take on intergovernmental relations signals future changes in the relationship between the federal government and the provinces, says UBC political scientist Max Cameron.

“The decisions about how funding will be allocated to the provinces [could change],” Cameron said. “Mr. Harper’s approach was, ‘here’s a set amount,’ and provinces will do what they like with that.”

Hunter Tootoo, minister of the Arctic Ocean

CBC North Thu Nov 5 2015 By: John Van Dusen

The appointment of Nunavut MP Hunter Tootoo as minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard is significant, says Michael Byers, the Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at UBC.

It shows that Canada is taking its role in the Arctic seriously, Byers said.

“Canada has the longest coastline of any country mostly because of the 19,000 Arctic islands that exist in Nunavut and it is therefore our longest and arguably our most difficult coastline and one that needs a minister that fully understands that fact,” Byers said.

Bill Morneau, ‘enlightened Bay Street type’, named to Finance

iPolitics Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Deane McRobie

Canada’s new finance minister is Bill Morneau, former head of a firm that has contracts with Veterans Affairs Canada, the Office of the Auditor General and Industry Canada.

UBC professor and Liberal party economic adviser Kevin Milligan says Morneau “has a bigger vision for the country beyond just dollars and cents” but adds that it’s only fair to ask to what’s going to happen with his business interests.

Trudeau hasn’t mentioned electoral reform referendum: Dion

iPolitics Thu Nov 5 2015 By: James Munson

The Liberal government has indicated it won’t reform Canada’s federal electoral system by referendum.

Experts like UBC’s Max Cameron say that Canada’s election laws don’t come out of a charter document and therefore can be changed through legislation. But, Cameron cautions, politicians should be aware of the importance of public support when they try to change the way people vote.

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Macleans Thu Nov 5 2015

Maclean’s ran a piece on UBC as part of its University Rankings 2016, listing standout programs such as the distributed M.D. program, designed to increase the number of rural and Aboriginal students going into medical careers; and the interdisciplinary Arts One/Science One program. The article also mentioned “cool courses” including Wade Davis’s cultural anthropology introductory course and Ernest Mathijs’s cult cinema overview.

A companion piece focused on the student experience.

China passes Canada to become largest U.S. trading partner

The Globe and Mail Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Iain Marlow

China’s overtaking of Canada as the United States’ largest trading partner signals the growing importance of China in the global economy. UBC professor Paul Evans, author of Engaging China: Myth, Aspiration and Strategy in Canadian Policy from Trudeau to Harper, says the transition will drive changes in Canadian consciousness about China’s role globally and in Canada.

“There is no reason to be alarmed by being No. 2,” Evans said. “But it does demonstrate that continental proximity is no longer economic destiny.”

A similar article appeared on BNN.

Trudeau Liberals to bring back mandatory long-form census

Huffington Post Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Althia Raj

The return of the long-form census ensures that policy decisions will be based on reason and evidence, according to UBC professor and Liberal advisor Kevin Milligan.

“There was no sensible public policy case for the decision to move away from the mandatory census,” Milligan said. “The replacement cost more and was demonstrably lower quality. Attacking this important institution was simply vandalism.”

Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s prime minister, three from B.C. named to cabinet

The Vancouver Sun Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

The federal cabinet positions given to two B.C. Liberals are “major coups for the province”, says UBC political scientist Richard Johnston.

Jody Wilson-Raybould was named Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada, and Harjit Sajjan was named Minister of National Defence. Both ministries are senior assignments.

A similar story appeared on CBC’s The Current.

Why Canada wants to hit pause on the Keystone pipeline

TIME Thu Nov 5 2015 By: Joanna Plucinska

Canada’s new Prime Minister faces the task of balancing his country’s relations with the U.S. and the need to support Alberta’s troubled oil industry, according to a TIME article on the Keystone pipeline.

Analysts believe Justin Trudeau will have to soon clarify his environmental policies at the upcoming climate conference in Paris and other international meetings.

“If [Obama] has been pressuring Canada to take stronger actions to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from the tar sands, as a condition for approval, there could be pressure for greater clarity on that issue from the new Liberal government,” said Kathryn Harrison, a political science professor at UBC.

Justin Trudeau names smaller and more diverse cabinet

Financial Times Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Anna Nicolaou

UBC political science professor Max Cameron says Justin Trudeau “clearly wants to be seen as a man of the people” and as a more collaborative leader than Stephen Harper was.

However, Cameron thinks Trudeau’s political honeymoon could last a while as many Canadians were glad to see Harper leave office.

Canada PM Trudeau reveals diverse gender-equal Cabinet

Reuters Wed Nov 4 2015 By: Randall Palmer, David Ljunggren

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has picked a young, ethnically diverse and gender-equal Cabinet, media outlets reported on Wednesday.

With so many new faces in the Cabinet, rookie mistakes could be made, cautions UBC political science professor Gerald Baier in a Reuters article: “It seems as though the balance is tipped towards youth as opposed grizzled veterans, but to have a few there I think is important and helpful.”

Baier also gave comments to the Globe and Mail.

Andre Alexis wins Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize

News 1130 Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Victoria Ahearn

The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize went to Toronto author Andre Alexis for “Fifteen Dogs.” B.C.’s Annabel Lyon, who teaches in the creative writing program at UBC, won the Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award, which goes to a mid-career writer for a body of work.

A similar story appeared in Metro News.

Liberals’ B.C. promises

CBC Early Edition Tue Nov 3 2015

UBC political science professor Gerald Baier commented on the promises made in B.C. by Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, saying B.C. mayors’ priorities would probably be to push for action on the missing aboriginal women file, as well as more local issues such as water treatment, simple infrastructure projects like roads, and housing.

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Is this the world’s most super-diverse neighbourhood?

The Vancouver Sun Tue Nov 3 2015 By: Douglas Todd

UBC geographer Daniel Hiebert says neighbourhoods in which a single ethnic group dominates tend to do better than places with a multitude of ethnic backgrounds.

Both types of enclaves could benefit from cross-cultural diversity, but the first type also provides residents with the economic advantages of being near people who share their ethnicity and cultural background.