I know we tend to focus a lot on US politics. This is a given sort of considering the populace here. While I don't expect this thread to be heavily trafficked, I would like to have it as a place for us to talk about the current events of Canadian politics and policies. IN addition, provide a place for our friends from other countries to ask us questions regarding our country, policies and directions. For those who aren't aware of some details about Canada. Here are some facts. (sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada) Population: 35,151,728 (2015 Census data, estimated to currently be at 37m) GDP: 1.930 Trillion (52k per capita) System of Measurement: Almost entirely Metric. Government Type: Constitutional Democracy with a Parliamentary system based on the UK's parliament. Canadian politics tends to be "centrist" in nature, with an emphasis on Social Justice, peace, order and good government, with a focus on adherence to a bill of rights. While there is typically only two parties at the federal level to have held power (Liberals and versions of Conservative Party), balance of power can often be held be held by 3rd and 4th parties as there is no limit to how many political parties are allowed. Currently, the main parties that have representatives in Parliament. Liberal, Conservative, New Democratic Party, Green Party. With the new People's Party of Canada forming as a more libertarian offshoot of the Conservatives vying for their first ever seat. Independance: Canada is a member of the British Commonwealth. While the figurehead of the country is still the Queen, Canada gained it's indedependance from british rule in 1867 via the Constitution act. Language: Canada has two official languages. English (Majority language) and French (regionally) economy: Heavily mixed economies. Huge country with vast natural resources have put a reliance on gas/oil, wood and pulp, gold, plastics, farming and manufactaring. Canada also has a massive services based industry. Some fun Facts: Canada is the 2nd largest country by land mass. 2nd to Russia. Canada and the US border is the largest undefended border in the world, sharing easy access to both US and Canadian's to travel back and forth, often with as little as a passport. ----------------------------------------------------------------- To start of active conversation. This week, Canada's CRTC (Canadian Radio and Television Commision) has implemented a series of rules that service providers must adhere to operate within the country This new regulations, will focus on clear and concise language of contracts and hold service providers accountable. https://www.canada.ca/en/radio-tele...o-offer-new-customer-rights-to-canadians.html ------------------- More "overall" discuussion as well. 2019 is a federal election year. On October 21st, Canadian's will return to the polls to help determine which party will receive mandate for the next (up to) 5 years.