Abuse - the improper use of something, cruel treatment of a person or animal.
Accountable - 1: (of a person, organization, or institution) required or expected to justify actions or decisions; responsible: “government must be accountable to its citizens”
2: explicable; understandable: “the delayed introduction of characters’ names is accountable, if we consider that names have a low priority.”
Achievement - 1: a thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill: “to reach this stage is a great achievement”
2: the process or fact of achieving something: “the achievement of professional recognition”
Acquit - to relieve from a charge of fault or crime; declare not guilty: “The jury acquitted her, but I still think she’s guilty.”
Acquittal - a judgment that a person is not guilty of the crime with which the person has been charged.
Alienation - the state or experience of being isolated from a group or an activity to which one should belong or in which one should be involved
Allegation - a claim or assertion that someone has done something illegal or wrong, typically one made without proof: “he made allegations of corruption against the administration”
Anti-Semitism - hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group
Apology - a regretful acknowledgment of an offense or failure, as in “I owe you an apology” alternatively from Urban Dictionary: “A cowardly or disgusting act practiced by the weaklings; however, most arrogant and prideful folks reluctantly or insincerely do it to make the victim happy and feel vindicated”
Appraisal - an expert estimate of the value of something or someone
Appropriation - is the adoption of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another culture or identity. This can be controversial when members of a dominant culture appropriate from disadvantaged minority cultures
Backbencher - a Member of Parliament (or Legislature) who does not hold office in the government or opposition and who sits behind the front benches in the House of Commons.
Balance - stability produced by even distribution of weight on each side, equipoise between contrasting, opposing, or interacting elements.
Bedazzle - to impress forcefully, especially so as to make oblivious to faults or shortcomings
Belief - an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists.
Blackface - a form of theatrical make-up used predominantly by non-black performers to represent a caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the spread of black racial stereotypes
Blockade - an act or means of sealing off a place to prevent goods or people from entering or leaving.
Border - 1: a line separating two political or geographical areas, especially countries: “the German border with Denmark”
2: a district near a line separating two political or geographical areas: a refugee camp on the border.
Borrow - take and use (something that belongs to someone else) with the intention of returning it: “he had borrowed a car from one of his colleagues”
Bottleneck - A part of a process where its limited capacity reduces the capacity of the whole chain. The result of having a bottleneck are stalls in production, supply overstock, pressure from customers and low employee morale.
Buyback - A program by government to purchase privately owned firearms, to reduce the number of firearms owned by civilians.
By-election - a process by which a single constituency votes to fill a vacancy during a government’s term.
Cancel Culture - refers to the social media practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered controversial or objectionable.
Censorship - the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.
Change - the act or instance of making or becoming different: the change from a nomadic to an agricultural society | environmental change.
Chaos - complete disorder and confusion, behavior so unpredictable as to appear random
Circuitous - a route or journey that takes longer than the most direct way
Clickbait - something (such as a headline) designed to make readers want to click on a hyperlink especially when the link leads to content of dubious value or interest: “You’ll never believe what happened when … This is the cutest thing ever … This the biggest mistake you can make … Take this quiz to see which character you are on”
Coalition - a group formed when two or more people, factions, states, political parties, militaries etc. agree to work together temporarily in a partnership to achieve a common goal.
Competitive - as good as or better than others of a comparable nature, prices low enough to compare with rivals
Compliance - the state or fact of according with or meeting rules or standards
Confidence - the feeling or belief that one can rely on someone or something; firm trust: “we had every confidence in the staff”
Conflict of interest - a situation in which a corporation or person with a vested interest in a company becomes unreliable because of the clash between personal interests and professional interests. An example of a conflict of interest would be a board member voting on the induction of lower premiums for companies with fleet vehicles when he is the owner of a truck company outside of the corporation. In relation to law, representation by a lawyer or party with a vested interest in the outcome of the trial would be considered a conflict of interest, and the representation would not be allowed.
Consequence - a result or effect of an action or condition: “many have been laid off from work as a consequence of the administration’s policies”
Conservative - holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in relation to politics or religion.
Conspiracy - a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful.
Constitution - the system of fundamental principles according to which a nation, state, corporation, or the like, is governed.
Context - the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
Corruption - dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery: the journalist who wants to expose corruption in high places.
Crash - a violent collision, typically of one vehicle with another or with an obstacle.
Debate - a formal discussion on a particular topic in a public meeting or legislative assembly, in which opposing arguments are put forward.
Deficit - the amount by which something, especially a sum of money, is too small, or an excess of expenditure or liabilities over income or assets in a given period. “an annual operating deficit”
Delay - Alberta forges ahead on nuclear SMRs, BC’s back to school plan worries teachers and parents, and WE Charity lobbied the government hard before the scandal hit. Also the Trudeau government uncovers two more scandals that the media ignores.
Delinquent - typically of a young person or that person’s behavior, showing or characterized by a tendency to commit crime, particularly minor crime. Also describes someone being overdue for a payment
Deportation - the action of expelling a foreigner from a country, typically on the grounds of illegal status or for having committed a crime. “asylum seekers facing deportation”
Development - 1: the process of developing or being developed: “she traces the development of the novel”
2: a specified state of growth or advancement: “the wings attain their full development several hours after birth”
3: a new and refined product or idea: “the latest developments in information technology.”
4: an event constituting a new stage in a changing situation: “I don’t think there have been any new developments since yesterday.”
5: the process of converting land to a new purpose by constructing buildings or making use of its resources: “land suitable for development.”
6: an area of land with new buildings on it: “a major housing development in Chicago.”
Distraction - a thing that prevents someone from giving full attention to something else – “the company found passenger travel a distraction from the main business of moving freight”
Division - a partition that divides two groups or things, disagreement between two or more groups, typically producing tension or hostility
Double standard - a rule or principle that is unfairly applied in different ways to different people or groups.
Doublespeak - Originating from George Orwell’s book 1984, Doublespeak refers to language that deliberately obscures, disguises, distorts, or reverses the meaning of words. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g. “downsizing” for layoffs, “servicing the target” for bombing), in which case it is primarily meant to make the truth sound more palatable.
Dumping - when manufacturers export a product to another country at a price well below the normal price, in order to increase market share in a foreign market by driving out competition and thereby create a monopoly
Election - a process in which people vote to choose a person or group of people to hold an official position of political power.
Emergency - a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
Energy - usable power (as heat or electricity); also : the resources for producing such power
Entropy - lack of order or predictability; gradual decline into disorder.
Error - an act or condition of ignorant or imprudent deviation from a code of behavior
Ethics - moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity, the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation.
Experience - 1: practical contact with and observation of facts or events: “he had already learned his lesson by painful experience”
2: the knowledge or skill acquired by experience over a period of time, especially that gained in a particular profession by someone at work: older men whose experience could be called upon | candidates with the necessary experience.
3: an event or occurrence that leaves an impression on someone: for the younger players it has been a learning experience.
Fake news - a type of yellow journalism or propaganda that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes spread via traditional print and broadcast news media or online social media.
Far right - the extreme right wing of a political party or group. “while the far right may gain some seats, it is far from gaining power”
belonging to or representing the views of the extreme right wing of a political party or group. “far right politicians”
Fearmongering - the action of deliberately spreading frightening and exaggerated rumors of an impending danger or the habit or tactic of purposely and needlessly arousing public fear about an issue.
Filibuster - an action such as a prolonged speech that obstructs progress in a legislative assembly while not technically contravening the required procedures
Fiscal - relating to government revenue, especially taxes.
Flaky - odd or unconventional, not reliable in performance or behavior
Fog of war - the uncertainty in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations.
Foreign - of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one’s own.
Fraud - wrongful or criminal deception intended to result in financial or personal gain.
Free Trade - international trade based on the unrestricted international exchange of goods without tariffs, quotas, or other restrictions.
Freebie - something given free of charge, a gift or handout.
Frivolous - 1: characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: “frivolous conduct.”
2: self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose.
3: given to trifling or undue levity: “a frivolous, empty-headed person”
4: of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice: “a frivolous suggestion”
Genocide - the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular ethnic group or nation.
Glut - an excessively abundant supply of something.
Gouging - to overcharge or swindle or extort
Grassroots - ordinary people regarded as the main body of an organization’s membership
Green politics - a political ideology that aims to create an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice and grassroots democracy.
Hack - to gain access to a computer illegally
Histrionics - exaggerated dramatic behavior designed to attract attention.
Hoax - a falsehood deliberately fabricated to masquerade as the truth.
Honour system - a system of payment or examination that relies solely on the honesty of those concerned.
Hypocrisy - the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform
Hysteria - exaggerated or uncontrollable emotion, especially among a group of people
Identity Politics - a tendency for people of a particular religion, race, social background, etc., to form exclusive political alliances, moving away from traditional broad-based party politics.
Ignorance - lack of knowledge or information: “he acted in ignorance of basic procedures”
Impartiality - equal treatment of all rivals or disputants; fairness
Independent - free from outside control; not depending on another’s authority.
Indictment - a formal charge or accusation of a serious crime
Inflation - a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money: policies aimed at controlling inflation. “high inflation rates”
Injunction - a judicial order that restrains a person from beginning or continuing an action threatening or invading the legal right of another, or that compels a person to carry out a certain act, e.g., to make restitution to an injured party.
Insensitive - 1: showing or feeling no concern for others’ feelings: “an insensitive remark.”
2: not sensitive to a physical sensation: “she was remarkably insensitive to pain.”
3: not aware of or able to respond to something: “both were in many ways insensitive to painting.”
Interference - the unwanted or unnecessary intrusion into a situation
Intrusion - something that interrupts a peaceful situation, the act of becoming involved in something in a way that is not welcome
Investigation - the act or process of examining a statement, problem or crime etc. especially to discover the truth.
Islamophobia - dislike of or prejudice against Islam or Muslims, especially as a political force.
Jab - to poke someone or something roughly or quickly, especially with something sharp or pointed. Also, a quick, sharp blow, especially with the fist.
Jihadi - a person involved in a jihad; an Islamic militant.
Joke - a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline, or a person or thing that is ridiculously inadequate.
Jurisdiction - the official power to make legal decisions and judgments, the practical authority granted to a legal body to administer justice within a defined field of responsibility.
Justice - 1: just behavior or treatment: a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people.
2: the quality of being fair and reasonable: the justice of his case.
3: the administration of the law or authority in maintaining this: a tragic miscarriage of justice.
Knee jerk - reacting quickly or automatically without thought or due consideration
Leadership - the action of leading a group of people or an organization: different styles of leadership.
Leak - an intentional disclosure of secret information, or the act of making it known.
Lockdown - a state of isolation or restricted access instituted as a security measure
Loyalty - a strong feeling of support or allegiance
Mainstream - the ideas, attitudes, or activities that are regarded as normal or conventional; the dominant trend in opinion, fashion, or the arts.
Majority - a number or percentage equaling more than half of a total
Mandate - the authority to carry out a policy or course of action, regarded as given by the electorate to a candidate or party that is victorious in an election.
Mankind - human beings considered collectively; the human race. “research for the benefit of all mankind”
Meme - 1: an element of a culture or system of behavior that may be considered to be passed from one individual to another by nongenetic means, especially imitation.
2: a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by Internet users.
Misconduct - unacceptable or improper behavior, especially by an employee or professional person, mismanagement, especially culpable neglect of duties.
Multiculturalism - the presence of, or support for the presence of, several distinct cultural or ethnic groups within a society: our commitment to the values of multiculturalism
Muzzling - to prevent a person or group from expressing their opinions freely.
Narrative - 1: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story: “the hero of his modest narrative.”
2: the narrated part or parts of a literary work, as distinct from dialogue.
3: the practice or art of telling stories: traditions of oral narrative.
4: a representation of a particular situation or process in such a way as to reflect or conform to an overarching set of aims or values: the coalition’s carefully constructed narrative about its sensitivity to recession victims.
Nationalism - loyalty and devotion to a nation especially a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations or globalist groups
Negligence - failure to take proper care in doing something.
News - newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent or important events: “I’ve got some good news for you.”
Offensive - A highly subjective interpretation of something real, imagined, or interpreted as being demeaning; very often the use of complaint to attack someone while paradoxically assuming both authority and victimhood; the use of complaint as a sociopolitical weapon or vehicle to often unmerited benefit, privilege, or compensation: “Their being offended is deeply and inherently offensive to me! I demand you recognize my victimhood and give me what I want now!”
Offset - to counteract something by having an opposing force or effect, or a consideration or amount that diminishes or balances the effect of a contrary one. Also, the amount or distance by which something is out of line.
Old Growth - a forest that has attained great age without significant disturbance or harvesting and thereby exhibits unique ecological features
PAC (Political Action Committee) - a type of organization that pools campaign contributions from members and donates those funds to campaign for or against candidates, ballot initiatives, or legislation.
Parody - an imitation of the style of a particular writer, artist, or genre with deliberate exaggeration for comic effect: the movie is a parody of the horror genre | his provocative use of parody.
Patriotism - a feeling of love, devotion and sense of attachment to a homeland and alliance with other citizens who share the same sentiment, including ethnic, cultural, political or historical aspects.
Percent - by a specified amount in or for every hundred: “new car sales may be down nineteen percent”
Permanent Resident - Permanent residency in Canada is a status granting someone who is not a Canadian citizen the right to live and work in Canada without any time limit on their stay.
Political Censorship - exists when a government attempts to conceal, fake, distort, or falsify information that its citizens receive by suppressing or crowding out political news that the public might receive through news outlets.
Poll - record the opinion or vote of: focus groups in which customers are polled about merchandise preferences.
receiving a specified number of votes: “the Green candidate polled 3.6 percent.”
Populism - support for the rights and power of ordinary people in their struggle against a privileged elite. “it is clear that populism identifies with the folks on the bottom of the ladder”
Power Grab - the attempt or action of acquiring or accomplishing something that was previously unattainable-but is now possible through newly acquired power, typically underhanded.
Privacy - the state or condition of being free from being observed or disturbed by other people, or public attention.
Privilege - a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people. “education is a right, not a privilege”
Production - the action of making or manufacturing finished goods from components or raw materials
Programming - to predetermine the thinking, behavior, or operations of someone as if by a computer
Progressive - happening or developing gradually or in stages; proceeding step by step, favoring or implementing social reform or new, liberal ideas.
Propaganda - information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.
Protest - a statement or action expressing disapproval or objection
Psychology - the scientific study of the human mind and its functions, especially those affecting behavior in a given context.
Public inquiry - an official review of an event that has deeply affected the public, as ordered by the government. It accepts evidence and conducts its hearings in a more public forum, where advocacy groups can present their findings.
Public Interest - decisions made for the welfare or well-being of a society, by balancing competing interests with full transparency
Quarantine - a state, period, or place of isolation in which people or animals that have arrived from elsewhere or been exposed to infectious or contagious disease are placed.
Quid pro quo - Latin term translating as “something for something”, a favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something.
Quorum - the number (such as a majority) of officers or members of a body that when duly assembled is legally competent to transact business. Meant to protect against unrepresentative action in the name of the body by a small number of people.
Racism - prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
Radicalization - where an individual adopts increasingly extreme political, social, or religious ideals that reject or undermine the status quo or contemporary ideas.
Reciprocity - the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit, especially privileges granted by one country or organization to another.
Reckoning - the avenging or punishing of past mistakes or misdeeds
Reconciliation - 1: the restoration of friendly relations: his reconciliation with your uncle
2: the action of making one view or belief compatible with another: he aims to bring about a reconciliation between art and technology.
Recuse - to excuse oneself from a case because of a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality.
Referendum - a general vote by the electorate on a single political question that has been referred to them for a direct decision.
Reform - make changes in (something, typically a social, political, or economic institution or practice) in order to improve it.
Refugee - a person who flees for refuge or safety, especially to a foreign country, as in time of political upheaval, war, etc.
Regal - of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified
Regal - of, resembling, or fit for a monarch, especially in being magnificent or dignified
Regime change - the replacement of one administration or government by another, especially by means of military force.
Regression - a return to a former or less developed state. Also, in statistics, a measure of the relation between the mean value of one variable (e.g., output) and corresponding values of other variables (e.g., time and cost).
Repudiation - rejection of a proposal or idea
Reserve - A place set aside for a particular purpose ie: first nations reserves
restraint, or caution in one’s words and actions
Reset - to set again, or to set up something differently
Resource - a stock or supply of money, materials, staff, and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organization in order to function effectively, a country’s collective means of supporting itself or becoming wealthier, as represented by its reserves of minerals, land, and other assets.
Responsibility - the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone, the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something, or the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
Revisionism - the advocacy of revision of some political theory, religious doctrine, historical or critical interpretation, etc
Rhetoric - language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content. “all we have from the opposition is empty rhetoric”
Right - 1: righteous, upright
2: being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper “right conduct”
3: conforming to facts or truth : correct “the right answer”
4: suitable, appropriate “the right man for the job”
5: genuine, real
6: acting or judging in accordance with truth or fact “time proved her right”
7: being in good physical or mental health or order “not in his right mind”
8: being in a correct or proper state “put things right”
9: most favorable or desired, socially acceptable ”knew all the right people”
10: often capitalized : of, adhering to, or constituted by the Right especially in politics
Right-sizing - to convert something to an appropriate or optimum number, often in reference to companies or organizations reducing their workforce.
Salty - tasting of, containing, or preserved with salt, somebody who contains large quantities of sodium chloride,thus causing them to be upset.
Sandbagging - to treat unfairly or harshly, to coerce by crude means, or to conceal or misrepresent one’s true position, potential, or intent especially in order to gain an advantage over someone else
Sanitary - of or relating to health or the conditions affecting health, especially with reference to cleanliness, precautions against disease
Scandal - an action or event regarded as morally or legally wrong and causing general public outrage
Secession - the action of withdrawing formally from membership of a federation or body, especially a political state.
Secrecy - Secrecy is the practice of hiding information from certain individuals or groups who do not have the "need to know", perhaps while sharing it with other individuals.
Self-isolation - the act of separating oneself from others ie: quarantine
Separate - cause to move, set apart, to become detached, to divide
Shell corporation - The Liberals threaten to call an election to keep their skeletons hidden, the UCP AGM shows the importance of grassroots democracy, and the China-funded Confucius Institute is defended by universities. Also, Trudeau overpaid $100M for ventilators.
Smear - damage the reputation of (someone) by false accusations; slander: someone was trying to smear her by faking letters.
Snapshot - A picture taken by a photographer, or a shot from a hunter, often done in a hurry or without aim.
Speaker - The role of the speaker is to guide Parliament through its agenda, and recognizing members of the House to speak if they wish to debate or question a decision in the house. It is a vastly important role in the Westminster system of political governance, and without one, government cannot function. Traditionally, the Speaker, after elected, feigns reluctance, and is dragged to the Speaker chair by the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader, dating back to a time in Britain where the Speaker had to relay news to the Monarch, and would often lose his head if the news wasn’t good!
Stigma - a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person
Subsidy - a sum of money granted by the government or a public body to assist an industry or business so that the price of a commodity or service may remain low or competitive.
Talking points - something that lends support to an argument, a subject of discussion.
Taxation - the practice of a government collecting money from its citizens to pay for public services.
Terrorism - the unlawful use of violence and intimidation, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political aims: “the fight against terrorism”
Testimony - a formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law, or evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.
Trade war - A negative side effect of protectionism that occurs when Country A raises tariffs on Country B’s imports in retaliation for Country B raising tariffs on Country A’s imports. Trade wars may be instigated when one country perceives another country’s trading practices to be unfair or when domestic trade unions pressure politicians to make imported goods less attractive to consumers.
Transparency - operating in such a way that it is easy for others to see what actions are being performed, implying openness, communication, and accountability.
Trojan Horse - originally a hollow wooden statue of a horse in which the Greeks concealed themselves in order to enter Troy. Nowadays, it’s a person or thing intended secretly to undermine or bring about the downfall of an enemy or opponent.
Union - a club, society, or association formed by people with a common interest or purpose: members of the Students’ Union.
an organized association of workers formed to protect and further their rights and interests; a labor union: the National Farmers’ Union.
Unity - the quality or state of being made one, a totality of related parts, a condition of harmony
Unprecedented - without previous instance, never before known or experienced, unexampled or unparalleled
Vacuous - having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless
Values - a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.
Virtue Signalling - To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else:
“Fred: I see George has changed his profile picture to show his support for refugees.
Barbara: Has he donated money or time? Is he giving English lessons? Is he making a room available?
Fred: No, no, he’s just virtue signalling.”
Vote - a formal indication of a choice between two or more candidates or courses of action, expressed typically through a ballot or a show of hands or by voice.
Wasteful - (of a person, action, or process) using or expending something of value carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose
Weak - lacking the power to perform physically demanding tasks; lacking physical strength and energy, lacking intensity or brightness, and liable to break or give way under pressure; easily damaged.
Wexit - a play on the European term “Brexit”, in reference to Britain leaving the European Union, Wexit refers to a movement of an undetermined amount of Western Canadian provinces (usually Alberta and Saskatchewan) to separate from Canada. Also refers to a growing sense of western alienation amongst those in Western Canada.
Winning - gaining, resulting in, or relating to victory in a contest or competition
Woke - refers to a perceived awareness of social and racial justice issues, deriving from the African-American expression, “stay woke”
Zombie - a person or reanimated corpse that has been turned into a creature capable of movement but not of rational thought, which feeds on human flesh.