Ottawa trip 2010 (10/21-23)


Students at Parliament HIll


Here is the full itinerary for our upcoming field trip to Ottawa (10/21-23)

Thursday, October 21:

• Depart from south side of Waterman Building (College Street) at 7:00 AM sharp. Participants will arrive no later than 6:45 in order to assure a prompt departure, because Parliament won’t wait for us (and we won’t wait for you). Students ought to be dressed for Parliament (i.e. “business attire” -jackets and ties for men) because there is no time/place to change once we are on the bus. We will plan on arriving at St. Michael’s at 7:05 to pick up the St. Mike’s group.

• Brief lunch at the Rideau Centre in Ottawa before walking over to Parliament.

• Walk to Parliament for tours and to go up the Peace Tower and view the Memorial Chamber (if time allows).  Tours for Massell students (Group A) are at 12:15.  Tours for Ayres and Martin students (Group B) are at 12:30.

• 2:00-3:00: Attend Question Period

• 3:00-4:30: Meet with MPs in room 209 West Block.

• Group photo outside of Parliament.

• 5:30: Quick group meeting after checking in at the Lord Elgin.

• Dinner on your own.

photo by Jarvis Chen

Friday, October 22:

• Breakfast on your own.

• 9:00-3:30: Tours of the Grand Hall and Canada Hall at the Canadian Museum of Civilization and tour of Canadian art at the National Gallery of Canada.  Group A will report to Lord Elgin lobby by 8:45 AM and bus will leave for Museum of Civilization at 9:00 (9:30 tour).  Group B will report to Lord Elgin lobby by 9:15 AM and bus will leave for Museum of Civilization at 9:30 (10:00 tour).

• Lunch on your own at Museum of Civilization before heading to National Gallery.  Group A and B leave for National Gallery at 12:30 PM (1:00 tour).

• 3:30: Both buses leave National Gallery for Carleton University.

• 4:00-6:00: Author reading and reception with Richard Harrison

• 6:45: Bus leaves for hockey game, Ottawa 67s vs. the Brampton Battalion at Ottawa Civic Centre.

Hall of the First Nations, Museum of Civilization. Photo by Jarvis Chen

Saturday, October 23:

• Breakfast on your own. Morning free for shopping, sightseeing, touring, etc.

• Check out of Lord Elgin by 12:30 PM.

• 1:00: Buses depart from Lord Elgin. Arrive in Burlington around 5:00 PM.




Crossing the border: A passport, passport card, or enhanced driver’s license is now required to cross the US-Canadian border.  Students will need to present such documentation before boarding the bus.

Dress Code: Dress is “business attire” Thursday, and “neat and clean” Friday. In general, pack for chilly weather.

Money and Food: We will provide refreshments at the Carleton reception and vouchers for concession food at the hockey game.  $75 – 100US should cover other meals. We strongly suggest that students exchange at least some of this at a local Burlington bank (including the Chittenden bank inside the Davis Center) before October 21.   You may want to bring a few snacks.

Ground Rules: Attendance and participation at all scheduled activities is required. “Downtime” is your own. Be very aware that your conduct and actions represent UVM, St. Mike’s, Vermont, and the USA. We expect and require nothing but the most respectful and responsible behavior while you are on the trip.

Students who violate the UVM or St. Mike’s student codes of conduct during the trip will be asked to leave the trip and return home by their own means. We have done this before and will not hesitate to do it again. These incidents have been incredibly rare in the over fifty-year history of this trip. The students from Vermont have a stellar reputation with the Lord Elgin Hotel, the House of Commons, and every other institution we visit. Each year, our students are recognized as being great ambassadors for the United States. You do not want to be the person who breaks our very successful record in Ottawa. If you do, we may just feed you to this giant spider at the National Gallery…


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Reading by Stephen Brunt and Randall Maggs

The Canadian Studies Program and the Dept. of English are hosting the visit of two award-winning Canadian writers later this week. Stephen Brunt is Canada’s preeminent sports journalist and the author of several bestselling books, including the critically acclaimed Searching for Bobby Orr (2006). Randall Maggs is the author of Night Work: the Sawchuk Poems (2008), one of the most talked-about books of Canadian poetry in recent memory. While I will be the first to tell you that hockey is only a small part of Canada and Canadian literature, these writers are some of the finest to have ever written about the sport. Their visit will be a great treat for our students, whether they are interested in hockey or not. This event will be of special interest to students taking writing courses in poetry and non-fiction or in Canadian Studies.
On Friday, both writers will read from their work, discuss the significance of three of its most important figures (Orr, Gretzky, and Sawchuk), and offer their thoughts on the place of hockey in Canadian and American culture. Their Friday visit will be followed by a reading at the Burlington Book Festival on Saturday at 4 PM. Books by Brunt and Maggs will be available for sale at each event.
When and where:
(EVENT #1) Friday, Sept 24th 4:00 PM, 108 Lafayette Building, U of Vermont
(EVENT #2) Saturday, Sept. 25th 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Burlington Book Festival, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center (intersection of Lake and College St.)
Open to all members of the public. Maggs and Brunt will be signing books after each event.
Sponsored by the University of Vermont Canadian Studies Program and Department of English, with funding from the Government of Canada and the James and Mary Brigham Buckham Fund.
For more information, contact Dr. Paul Martin, Dept. of English 656.8451
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Author bios:
Stephen Brunt, a columnist at the Globe and Mail, is Canada’s premier sportswriter and commentator. About his most recent book, Gretzky’s Tears: Hockey, Canada, and the Day Everything Changed, the Montreal Gazette wrote “Long the consensus pick as Canada’s best sportswriter, Brunt has probably earned the right to be called one of our best writers, period.” His previous book, the #1 national bestselling Searching for Bobby Orr, was called “not only one of the best hockey books ever, but a book that transcends hockey” by the Edmonton Journal. Brunt is also the author of Facing Ali: The Opposition Weighs In; The Way it Looks from Here: Contemporary Canadian Writing on Sports; Mean Business: The Rise and Fall of Shawn O’Sullivan; Second to None: The Roberto Alomar Story and Diamond Dreams: 20 Years of Blue Jays Baseball. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and in Winterhouse Brook, Newfoundland.
Randall Maggs is the author of two collections, Timely Departures (1994) and Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems (2008) and co-editor of two anthologies pairing Newfoundland and Canadian poems with those of Ireland. Night Work won the Kobzar Literary Award, 2008 Winterset Award, the 2009 E.J. Pratt Poetry Award and was a Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2008. Maggs is artistic director of Newfoundland’s March Hare festival of music and literature and has just retired from teaching literature at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University, Corner Brook, Newfoundland.
Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is a hockey saga, wrapping the game’s story in the “intense, moody, contradictory” character of Terry Sawchuk, one of its greatest goalies. In compact, conversational poems that build into a narrative long poem, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. The book is illustrated with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony.
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Here’s a clip from the hockey game

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Joseph Boyden to read at UVM on Sept 25

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Reading by Joseph Boyden

author of Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce (winner of the Giller Prize 2008)

Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building

4:00 – 5:00 pm

I’m excited to announce that, at 4:00 pm on Friday September 25th, award-winning Canadian writer Joseph Boyden will be reading at Memorial Lounge in Waterman.

The author of a short story collection Born With a Tooth , novels Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce , and his recent biography of Métis leaders Louis Riel and Gabriel Dumont, Joseph Boyden has quickly ascended the ranks to be one of Canada’s most widely read writers working today. His novel Three Day Road (2005) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the CBA Libris Fiction Book of the Year, the in Canada First Novel Award, and in the US was also featured as a pick on the Today Show book club. In 2008, his second novel, Through Black Spruce, won the Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious fiction prize.

Born and raised in Toronto, Boyden completed an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans and then returned to the northernmost regions of Ontario where he worked for two years in the James Bay region as a Professor of Aboriginal Programs. His time there working with the Mushkegowuk Cree, not to mention his own Métis ancestry, have made the land and people of this region his “muse and obsession” and the setting for much of his work. Today he divides his time between Northern Ontario and New Orleans where he and his wife, novelist Amanda Boyden, are currently Writers in Residence.

Joseph and Amanda will both be reading at the Burlington Book Festival on September 26th, but I’ve managed to arrange for Joseph to do a reading at UVM at 4 pm at the Memorial Lounge. I’ve taught his novel Three Day Road to hundreds of students over the last three years in courses ranging from English 180 and 182 to my TAP class. It’s an extraordinary book and I think this will be a great opportunity for students to hear him read and to ask him questions about his work.

For more information on Joseph Boyden and his work, see his website at

Reviews of Through Black Spruce: “Powerful and powerfully told. . .Much of this novel reflects its crisp, poetic title…Will speaks with the straight-faced good humor of Louise Erdrich’s Nanapush…in the novel’s most moving section, Will flees to live along in wilderness few people ever even see. It’s an experience beautifully rendered in the raw poetry of Boyden’s prose.”

—The Washington Post

“Anguished, angry Uncle Will’s revenge drama is almost perfect in pitch and execution. Tragedy and comedy unspool together in a startlingly casual manner when Will speaks, they way they do in life.  When Boyden is at his best, as he often is here, he is matchless.”

—The Minneapolis Star TribuneThe min

Reviews of Three Day Road: “Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road is a brilliant novel. You will suffer a bit, but it’s overwhelmingly worth the voyage.”

—Jim Harrison

“Three Day Road  is a devastatingly truthful work of fiction, and a masterful account of hell and healing. This is a grave, grand, and passionate book.”

—Louise Erdrich

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The dawn of a new tradition for Canadian Studies

With the help of Vermont’s wonderful Green Mountain Curling Club, we recently ran our inaugural Canadian Studies curling trip. This will, we hope, become an annual tradition for our program. Curling, as you may know, is an extremely popular sport in Canada and Canadians are often the team to beat in international competition. So, there’s no better way to understand Canadians and their obsession with curling than by giving this addictive sport a try.

With the help of the Global Village Residential Learning Community, we recently took 23 students and faculty for a Learn to Curl workshop put on by the Green Mountain Curling Club. As you’ll see from this video, a great time was had by all. Most of the students were from Global Village, with about half a dozen of them representing Canada House.

We’re already working on our programs for next year, and Canada House and curling will be a big part of our plans.

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Canada House 2009

Canada House returns for another academic year!

Canada House

Program Directors: Prof. Paul Martin (English) and Prof. Pablo Bose (Geography)

If you ask the average American about Canada, you’ll find that most know very little about this mysterious land north of the U.S. Despite being by far the United States’ largest trading partner and sharing much history and geography with the United States, Canada remains in the eyes of many Americans, a place of cold weather, polite citizens, and the world’s best hockey players.

In Canada House we explore these myths and help to dispel them through learning all that we can about our northern neighbors and, whenever possible, spending time in Canada, just 45 minutes to the north of UVM. Members of Canada House attend and organize Canadian-themed events, such as Canadian movie nights, guest speakers, dinners, and our highly popular “Learn to Curl” workshop.

Most important, though, Canada House is about having a great time as we learn and share all that we can about this interesting and often-overlooked country just a short drive away. With the success of the Canadian Thanksgiving dinner organized by Global Village and our new connections with the Green Mountain Curling Club, we have some exciting traditions to build upon for next year.

Canada House for 2009-2010 will be comprised of two suites, housing a mixture of new and returning students. Arts & Sciences first-year students who sign up for Prof. Paul Martin’s English 005 TAP class on Canada or Prof. David Massell’s TAP class on Canadian history are particularly encouraged to apply as are students pursuing a Major or a Minor in Canadian Studies.

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Great events this week of interest to Canadians and Canadianists in Vermont

Wednesday, April 22

DONALD R. BROWN MEMORIAL LECTURE IN POLITICAL THEORY: “THE ESSENTIALIST CRITIQUE OF MULTICULTURALISM.” Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in Political Philosophy, Queen’s University, Canada and senior research fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford.

Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building. 3:30 p.m.


5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Marble Court at the Fleming Museum

Hosted by President Daniel Mark Fogel and Rachel Kahn-Fogel. In celebration of the quadricentennial anniversary of French explorer and cartographer Samuel de Champlains travels to the lake that bears his name, this exhibit examines the features of the Champlain Valley landscape through the objects and art created from and inspired by them. University Concert Choir performs. Exhibit continues through Sept. 20.

Admission Fee: Regular Admission at the door. Free to UVM.

Thursday, April 23

“Reforming Health Care: A Single Payer or Consumer Driven Solution,” a debate featuring Arnold Kling, Cato Institute, and Robert Kuttner, editor of The American Prospect. Moderated by Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger. A reception follows immediately. ADA accommodations: 656-5665.

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. — Davis Student Center – The Grand Maple Ballroom

Friday, April 24

k.d. lang, “The Watershed Tour”Flynn TheatreFriday, April 24 at 8 pm

Tickets still available

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Position in French Studies at UVM

UVM recently posted a job advertisement for a tenure-track position in French with a primary focus on Quebec literature and culture. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass this along:

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of French with specialization in Francophone literature, to include a primary focus on research/teaching on Quebec. Interest/ability also to offer courses on other Francophone literatures desirable. Native or near-native ability in French required. Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching of language and literature. Ph.D in hand by appointment date (August 2009).The successful candidate will be expected to undertake an active program of research or creative activity that leads to publication and presentation in peer-reviewed scholarly outlets and, where available, to seek extramural funding for that research. Excellence in teaching and scholarly publications required for tenure. Applications may be made by mail or online, and are to include cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of recommendation.   The College is committed to fostering and affirming an inclusive, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment for its students, staff and faculty; in the cover letter, candidates are requested to include a description of how they can contribute to the College’s goals in this area.

To apply by mail, send all materials to Gayle R. Nunley, Chair, Department of Romance Languages, University of Vermont, 517 Waterman Building, Burlington, VT 05405. To apply online: Fill out application at Search for the position using department name (Romance Languages) only. Attach cover letter and CV to the application. Have the letters of recommendation mailed to Gayle R. Nunley, Chair, at the address listed above. Inquiries: Joyce Boyer ( or 802-656-1368).

The Department will begin reviewing applications on November 17, 2008 and interview candidates at the MLA Convention. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The University of Vermont is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. The Department is committed to increasing faculty diversity and welcomes applications from women and underrepresented ethnic, racial and cultural groups and from people with disabilities.

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A virtual panel discussion on the parliamentary crisis in Canada

An impromptu Canadian Studies panel discussion on the Canadian parliamentary crisis

Welcome to the first in what we hope to be a series of online panel discussions on Canadian issues. The associated faculty of the University of Vermont’s Canadian Studies program spend a lot of time talking about these issues in our classes and amongst ourselves. We hope that by moving some of these conversations to our blog that we might reach people outside our classes and the university, while showcasing some of the things we do in Canadian Studies. We would love to hear your thoughts on these issues as well. Just click on “comment” at the end of this entry to add your two cents on these issues.

Over the last week, the Canadian parliament has been plunged into disarray. Just six weeks after Canada’s fall election, the parliament hit an impasse that saw the Prime Minister lose the confidence of a majority of Canada’s elected Members of Parliament and the country’s three opposition parties sign an accord that would see them propose a joint coalition government to be formed by the Liberal and New Democratic parties — a coalition that would need the support of the members of the Bloc Québécois, a party whose primary goal is for Quebec to separate from the rest of Canada, to stay afloat.

Earlier today, the Governor General of Canada granted Prime Minister’s request to prorogue parliament until late January when the Conservatives will unveil their next budget. Whether one agrees with that or not, it certainly sets a dangerous precedent where a Prime Minister whose government has lost the confidence of the House of Commons can avoid losing a confidence vote by shutting down the country’s parliament until things cool down. It will be an interesting December and January in Canada, to say the least.

Here’s the question I asked my colleagues a couple of days ago before we knew exactly what would happen. As the end of the semester is one of the busiest times for all of us, only two of us have had a chance to respond. I anticipate being able to add the opinions of other colleagues here in the coming days.

What is your reaction to the potential fall of the Conservative government in Canada and its replacement by a coalition of the Liberal, New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties? Do you think this will actually happen or will Canada be thrown into another election? What effect might this historic event have on Canada/US relations?

Dr. Pablo S. Bose, Assistant Professor of Geography, UVM:

My initial response to the possibility of a NDP-Liberal coalition is one of cautious optimism. The minority governments run by the Conservatives in the last and just-started parliaments were not terribly effective, in large part due to the highly centralized–some might say authoritarian–style of Stephen Harper and the overwhelming power wielded by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This continues a problematic trend that was particularly visible during the years of the Chretien Liberal government and is a disturbing and frankly undemocratic consolidation of power and control over a wide-ranging set of government affairs and policy. The current political controversy has arisen out of the PMO’s tendency to act very much as though it was in charge of a parliamentary majority and did not need to make compromises with opposition forces that could overthrow the minority government with a loss-of-confidence vote. Harper and his finance minister Flaherty’s miscalculation was one of of inserting unrelated partisan measures within a recently released “economic update” which contained no economic stimulus plans during a global fiscal crisis, but rather a political stimulus for all of the opposition parties — NDP, Liberals, Bloc and Greens alike — to unite in the face of continued (and in this instance unprovoked) assault. The Tories are now in full retreat and are rolling out an ad campaign decrying the “undemocratic” grab by the opposition for power. Opportunistic and potentially unwise it may be (after all, can the NDP and Liberals co-exist in a coalition? Will the Bloc really sit on its hands for a full year and support from outside?), but there is nothing remotely undemocratic about a coalition of left-of-centre parties replacing the Conservatives. Various government ministers and Tory activists are scrambling to insist that the “will of the people” rejected Dion’s Liberal party as government — and they are correct. But less than 40% of the country voted for the Conservatives. 60% voted for the opposition and that is precisely the coalition that they will receive — not Dion’s Liberal government, but an NDP-Liberal Coalition with Bloc outside support. A parliamentary system does not preclude the possibility of coalition governments; the fact that there has not been one in Canada in nearly a century does not mean they cannot exist.

Moreover, Canadians should not be afraid of a coalition government; such is the norm in other parliamentary systems in countries such as Israel and Italy. In the 2004 elections in India, the then-ruling right-of-centre National Democratic Alliance was defeated by a left-of-centre coalition (the currently governing United Democratic Front), supported by Marxist and Communist parties that were nevertheless outside of the government itself. Are such coalitions unwieldy and fraught with tensions? Absolutely, but perhaps that is the best thing for a truly representative democracy. Majority rule and stability are not in and of themselves an ultimate political goal. In certain situations they may indeed be antithetical to democracy in its deeper sense. Whether or not a Coalition Government in Canada comes to pass is yet to be seen — can the NDP and Liberals live with one another, will the Liberal leadership hopefuls be able to keep their knives out of one another’s backs long enough to work together, will Michelle Jean heed the clear desire of the Canadian electorate NOT to have another election, will the Tories be able to beg and wheedle their way out of a mess they have concocted for themselves out of sheer arrogance, pettiness and vindictiveness? But surely a coalition government deserves a chance in Parliament — it certainly can be no worse than the dysfunction we have seen over the last year.

Dr. Paul Martin, Assistant Professor of English / Director, Canadian Studies Program, UVM:

Let’s get one thing straight from the start. I’m not a political scientist, a specialist in the history of Canada, or an expert in constitutional law. Nevertheless, as a Canadian who spends his days teaching American students about Canadian literature and Canadian culture in a broad enough sense to include regular discussions of Canada’s history and political system, the developments of the last week or so have been riveting.

For Canadianists in the US, this fall’s federal elections in both countries have already given us a rare opportunity to help our students understand the differences between the Canadian and American systems by watching them both in action simultaneously. My American students, despite a great enthusiasm for Obama’s ascent in particular, were exhausted by the length of the US presidential campaign which, for some, had already been well underway when they were still in high school. The students, then, were surprised – astonished even – that a Canadian election could be called in September and already be done and over with by mid-October, three weeks before the November 4th election in the US.

Placed side by side with the US election though, and this US election in particular, our own federal election seemed anything but exciting. As Canadian satirist Rick Mercer noted earlier this year before Super Tuesday in the US, our particular batch of party leaders in Canada this year seemed less interesting than the choices Americans were presented with this year:

And speaking of Hillary, when it comes to casting, we can’t touch them. Here we are, we think of ourselves as this progressive, diverse nation and yet there’s big bad backwards America and who’s running for the big job? A woman, a black man, a Libertarian, a Mormon with big hair, and some dude who was in a bamboo cage in Vietnam for five-and-a-half years. Meanwhile in Canada, we’re gearing up for yet another race between a pudgy white guy and a skinny white guy and some other white guy. Which may go a long way to explain the other big difference between Canada and USA politics these days: in America in this race, young people are engaged. In Canada – they’re choosing none of the above.

Mercer called it correctly, as when our election happened this past fall, we had the lowest voter turnout in Canadian history, with about 58% of Canadians showing up to vote. That’s still a higher turnout than one has had in recent American elections, but a clear sign that Canadians were anything but inspired or energized by the possibility of any one of Canada’s party leaders. With the Liberal party in disarray and the potential to gain seats in Quebec, a majority government should have been within reach of the Conservative Party, but they failed to convince much of Canada that they deserved anything more than a slightly larger minority government than they achieved in the previous election. It was, as Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor told 109 students and faculty from UVM and Saint Michael’s College this past October, an election in which every party lost. What was most revealing, MacGregor argued, was that more Canadians chose not to vote than voted for any one of the five main political parties.

So, the Conservatives wound up in power for a second time under Stephen Harper and, in spite of promises to start a new era of cooperation and civility in the House of Commons, went on the offensive last week and, in an “economic update” stated that instead of injecting more money to stimulate the economy as we see other countries doing right now in the face of the rapidly growing economic crisis, that instead the government would cut back on spending by, among other things, eliminating the public subsidies to all political parties, limiting the ability of govt. employees to sue the govt. in pay equity cases, and freezing the ability of public sector workers to go on strike. I think these ill-advised moves even caught most of his party off-guard. They galvanized the opposition parties to such a degree that they signed an accord that would see the government defeated in a non-confidence motion and a coalition of the Liberal and NDP parties present themselves to the Governor General as a viable alternative government. The devil in the details of this accord is that the other signatory is the sovereigntist Bloc Québécois party, who would not be part of the coalition but who would promise not to defeat that government on a confidence vote.

The logistics and precedents for such a move is hard for Canadians to wrap their heads around, let alone for many American undergraduates. The possibility of an NDP/Liberal coalition (which I cautiously support) coming to power perhaps as early as next week has left them somewhat bewildered and bemused. The only reason Harper has been able to get away with what he has in the last two years, including the most recent (and perhaps pointless) election, is the ineffectiveness of the current opposition and again this may allow him to escape the wrath of the Canadian public who seem quite divided between those who can’t wait to see Harper get his comeuppance and those who can’t imagine seeing Stéphane Dion, who Canadians clearly did not want to see become their leader, as Canada’s next Prime Minister.

After seeing Harper’s television address to the nation on Wednesday night, in which he showed no regret for hist ill-conceived economic update and offered no insight into what he will ask the Governor General to do to resolve this crisis, it seemed as if the coalition might stand a good chance of persuading Canadians to support the coalition. Then came the video response from Stéphane Dion who would lead the new coalition. Or, rather, it didn’t come. It was so late in arriving to the networks that CTV didn’t even show it and CBC had its broadcasters kill time as they waited and wondered what was going on. When the video arrived, it looked as if Stéphane Dion shot it himself using the webcam on his computer and it did anything but persuade Canadians that they would be in better hands. Sadly for those of us who would like to see a coalition of the Liberals and NDP take power, for most Canadians this will come down to the lesser of two evils. No matter what the Governor General decides this week, a great number of Canadians will be outraged at the decision to either bring in a coalition, allow parliament to be suspended until the new year, or call an immediate election.

Whatever happens over the coming days and, potentially, weeks, this is a fascinating time to be in the Canadian Studies classroom, regardless of whether you’re a student or faculty member.

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Professor Jeff Ayres speaks to VPR about the Canadian election

Dr. Jeff Ayres, Chair of Political Science at St. Michael’s College and an adjunct Professor in UVM’s Canadian Studies program, spoke to Vermont Public Radio today about the upcoming Canadian election. Check out that interview here.

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