Why Canada’s growing debt is a concern

The subject of national debt, which has loomed over the political landscape, has once again gained political forefront with nearly 74% of Canadian expressing concern with the current level of borrowings. This comes at the backdrop of the Canadian national debt crossing $1 Trillion in the past year and the current government raising the debt celling to $1.83 Trillion to cover the projected borrowings until the end of fiscal year 2023 — 2024. This article will attempt to explain, clarify and more importantly differentiate the political speak from the economic realities surrounding national debt.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holding the 2021 Canadian Federal Budget

The Canadian government, like most countries…


It is a slippery-slope to restricting free speech

Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault

Bill C-10 or “An Act to amend the Broadcasting Act” was first introduced in parliament by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Steven Guilbeault. The purpose of the bill, according to Camille Gagné-Raynauld the spokesperson for the heritage minister, is to ensure that online giants contribute to the “creation, production and discoverability of Canadian content,” and “specifically targets professional series, films, and music. Ensuring that large broadcasters, online or not, contribute to our broadcasting system is a crucial element in asserting our cultural sovereignty in English, French and Indigenous language”. …


A Simple Model on R.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump

The 2020 US Presidential Election is this week and having decided to throw my hat in the prediction game, I have come up with a very simple model that will allow me to raise the confidence I have in my prediction compared to a mere guess. Through Bayesian Statistics, I have used previous US presidential election results in order to estimate the 2020 election.

Developed by Thomas Bayes and later Pierre-Simon Laplace, Bayesian Statistics introduces the idea of posterior distribution. The posterior distribution consists of the posterior mean and standard error. This distribution is calculated…


Economic Conditions Have Transformed The Nature Of The Free Market

The Lockdown due to the pandemic has caused one of the biggest transfers of wealth around the world. In the United States for example, the unemployment rate is at 8% dropping from a peak of almost 15% in April. This would mean that currently, roughly 12.58 Million people are unemployed. The dramatic nature of this joblessness can be seen in almost every country. There is simply no demand for work. At the same time, Billionaires around the world have gain enormous amounts of wealth. This does makes sense, in a global lockdown, only large firms have the capital, supply chains…


Short Term Benefit — Long Term Costs

Justice Ginsburg Official Portrait 2016

On the 18th of September, Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away at the age of 87. Having served 27 years at the Supreme Court, her legacy — regardless of one’s politics, is sealed in history as a highly respectable, pioneering women who lived a brilliant life.

Her passing, leaves the supreme court with 8 justices, in an election year where there is bound to be involvement of the supreme court due to the complexities of voting (and counting votes) across the United States. An additional layer of complexity in this process is the question of who has the right to nominate…


Using Only A Couple Line Of Code

Graphing data allows one to analyse patterns, display findings and overall; create a more digestible way to swiftly convey information. Matplotlib, a package on Python makes this incredibly easy. With simple coding, the package allows individuals with even rudimentary understanding of Python to be able to create graphs which both convey the relevant information and do so in a simply and appealing manner.

To import matplotlib, open your jupyter notebook and type in:

import matplotlib as mpl 
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

This imports the package required for graphing data. …


Using Brexit Poll Data To Predict The Referendum Result

Every election cycle the public is treated to a slew of election polling. Conducted by a myriad of organizations these polls attempt to represent public opinion regarding specific issues. Increasingly however, there has been a politicization of polls which have been placed in the same basket of “fake news”.

In fact, News agencies often cover how polls failed to predict the election result. With the Brexit referendum for example, the Washington Post, Guardian, Telegraph and CNBC have all covered how polls and pundits where wrong about the election results.

Show The Data-frame of Brexit Polls

This Article attempts to show how polling is simply a measure…


Or Risk Being Taken Advantage Of and Alienated In Political Representation

Gallup Poll Results

On of the most culturally challenging topics globally and particularly in the United States, is the legality and morality of Abortion. In fact, the issue of Abortions is a matter that is debated in every election cycle by every major candidate in the US and the western world broadly. Polls conducted by Gallup since 1992 shows that a majority of the voters believe that either a candidate must share their views on Abortion in order to gain their vote or the issue of Abortion is “one of many important factors” in their voting choices.

The question of morality is one…


Make Your Basic (and later complex) Calculations Easy

The R Program allows one to create and use their own function in order to make data processing easy. Here, I will be taking the Quadratic Formula, creating it in R and will run the function with some example to show how R can make calculations easier regardless of whether one aims to use R for statistics for simply for the fun of it.

The Quadratic Formula allows one to find the solutions for a quadratic equation, typically: ax² + bx + c = 0, where one can solve for the value for ‘x’ given the value of ‘a’, ‘b’…


As Western Politicians Find Themselves Dealing With COVID — 19

Flag of Hong Kong (Left) Flag of China (Right)

Often referred to as “one country, two systems”, Hong Kong was officially returned to China by the United Kingdom in 1997 (after the expiration of a 99 year lease signed in 1898). Since then, Hong Kong has been in a constant state of long term political uncertainty with ebbs and flows in the level of news coverage it receives vis-à-vis the People’s Republic of China. …

Abhinav Dholepat

I write on politics, economics, data science and history; all views are my own.

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