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.

“This is a city of more:” Vancouver poems

The Vancouver Sun Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Douglas Todd

A review of a new poetry book by UBC political scientist emeritus Philip Resnick highlights three of his poems about Metro Vancouver and B.C.

Liberals dominate in Metro Vancouver

The Vancouver Sun Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Peter O'Neil

UBC political scientist Richard Johnston says the Conservative losses in B.C. were probably due to a number of factors including their position on the oilsands pipelines and their opposition to supervised injection sites like Insite.

He added that Justin Trudeau was also helped by his father’s image as “the Thomas Jefferson of Canada” to non-European immigrants in Canada.

B.C. Interior loses blue hue

CBC News Tue Oct 20 2015

UBC political scientist David Moscrop says the Liberals’ shock win in B.C.’s traditionally Conservative interior is linked to their success across the country.

“When you get such a surge, like you saw with the Liberals, and so unexpected a surge, you’re going to have results that are a little unanticipated and that seems to be one of them,” Moscrop said.

End of election blackout puts B.C. in ‘anomalous situation’

CBC News Tue Oct 20 2015

UBC political science professor Richard Johnston says Canada made election blackouts law in 1938, out of concern that knowing how people voted in other parts of the country would affect voters in other parts.

“The worry was either there’d be an impact on turnout, i.e. discouraging it, or that it might even facilitate strategic voting by some people as an option that wasn’t available to others,” Johnston said.

Unofficial results show surge in voter turn-out

CBC News Tue Oct 20 2015

Max Cameron, a political science professor at UBC commended Elections Canada for helping people get out to vote, such as offering advance voting and plenty of information.

Cameron added that the new government should give Elections Canada more funding for the future.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Ignorance drives the global stigma of mental illness

The Globe and Mail Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Peter Klein

Stigma still surrounds mental illness across the globe, says UBC professor Peter Klein in an article in the Globe and Mail.

Klein added that a project of the UBC International Reporting Program found that in many countries, mental illness is often regarded with fear and superstition, due mostly to lack of knowledge about what mental illness means.

“Ignorance is the cause. Science and education are the cure,” Klein said.

Social media changed how–and when–the West got early election results

The Globe and Mail Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Terri Theodore

On election night, UBC political scientist David Moscrop said seeing the election results from other provinces was unlikely to affect how Western Canadians voted.

“If it’s a close vote elsewhere, it will encourage people to go out and vote, and vote perhaps strategically and to try and engineer the sort of government they want,” Moscrop said.

Similar articles appeared in Huffington Post and Metro News.

Justin Trudeau: ‘I will be the prime minister of all Canadians’

CBC News Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Kathleen Harris

The long campaign worked in Trudeau’s favour, giving him time to present himself as the fresher face, according to UBC political science professor Gerald Baier.

Baier added that the Liberals’ promise to run three consecutive deficits was a turning point, as was Trudeau’s performance in the leaders’ debates.

A similar article appeared on Yahoo.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party surprises with victory in Canada

Bloomberg Mon Oct 19 2015 By: Theophilos Argitis, Josh Wingrove

The Liberals’ comeback is essentially due to “a repudiation of the Conservatives under Harper,” says Maxwell Cameron, a professor of political science at UBC.

“Clearly people want change, and they want Harper out, and they’ve decided quite unequivocally that agent of change is Trudeau.”

A similar article appeared in Chicago Tribune.

Analyst view: Canadian Liberal leader Trudeau sweeps to power

Reuters Tue Oct 20 2015

Richard Johnston, the Canada Research Chair in public opinion, elections and representation at UBC, is quoted in a Reuters roundup of expert comments.

Johnston argues that everyone underestimated Justin Trudeau and that the Liberal leader’s success probably comes down to the fact that younger voters identified with him.

Similar articles appeared on Yahoo and Business Insider UK.

No, the Dalai Lama did not go on a ‘date’

Washington Post Tue Oct 20 2015 By: Emily Rauhala

A Vice blog recently published an essay that included a picture of a man that the writer claimed was the Dalai Lama.

But Tibet experts contested the claim.

“The photo accompanying the article is not of the Dalai Lama,” said Tsering Shakya, a UBC professor who was a high school student in England at the time the photo was taken.