Proportional Representation: Fairness, Representativeness and Accountability

Here are the notes for my introductory comments to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform July 27, 2016   I thank the committee for the opportunity to appear on this important issue. I have been a longtime proponent of electoral reform as a key to democratic renewal. While no electoral system is perfect, the comparative … Continue reading

GREAT NEWS ON THE HOMELESSNESS FILE

June 01, 2016 09:00 ET Former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow Elected Co-Chair of Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Board of Directors CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwired – June 1, 2016) – The Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) today announced the election of former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow to Co-Chair the CAEH Board of Directors. Romanow will share … Continue reading

Electoral Reform is Finally on the Political Agenda

A couple of days back, Ed Broadbent, Hugh Segal and I published an op-ed making the case for some form of proportional representation. Yesterday the government announced its process for assessing a range of options to make 2015 the last federal election under our first past the post system. And today the editorial pages are … Continue reading

What Bernie Sanders Has Accomplished

Here is an op ed in the Star on what we might learn from the Bernie Sanders campaign

The Decline of the Collective 

Keynote Speech at the Parkland Institute November 20 2015. 

Austerity’s Vicious Circle

http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2015/10/02/austeritys-vicious-circle.html. Here is my latest written for The Toronto Star as part of their series on how Canada has changed over the last ten years.

"Two Tax Collectors", Marinus van Reymerswale (c.1490/1495–1546), National Museum, Warsaw, Wikicommons

Why We Hate Taxes – And Why We Shouldn’t

A somewhat shorter version first appeared in Alberta Views January/February 2015 as Taxes: a Small Price to Pay for Civilization. About a year ago, my son Jordan, some friends and colleagues and I put together a book on taxes in Canada, Tax Is Not a Four-Letter Word. We had quite different views about how high … Continue reading

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The Year Taxes Made a Comeback

A slightly shorter version of this piece written with Jordan Himelfarb appeared here in The Toronto Star. It’s just possible that 2014 will be seen as the year that taxes made a comeback in Canada. Not so long ago Stéphane Dion tried to put a green “tax shift” on the table but apparently we weren’t … Continue reading

Austerity and Trickle Down Meanness

Alex Himelfarb, former clerk of the Privy Council, was interviewed by Adam Kahane. POSSIBLE CANADAS ON BUILDING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES In this excerpt of Adam Kahane’s interview published here in The Globe and Mail I focus on austerity and trickle down meanness. Kahane: What keeps you up at night? Himelfarb: The number one issue for me … Continue reading