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

Taking Back Our Democracy: Bridging the Generational Divide

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These are tough days for Canada’s parliamentary democracy.  Having endured years of steady erosion, it is now under frontal attack.  Journalists and public leaders, across the political spectrum, have begun to document the injuries. We are seeing stirrings of outrage. But this assault on our democracy could not be happening without some complicity or at … Continue reading

Four Reasons, No explanation

The census controversy keeps on trucking.  Courts rule.  Compromises are proposed.  Resolutions are considered.  It just won’t go away.  So why does the Government’s decision stand and why was it taken in the first place?  How, in other words, did we get here?  What follows are several explanations, each of which I have given a … Continue reading

More on More Taxes

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Well, I watched Steve Paikin’s Agenda discussion on taxes. His guests: Andrew Coyne, Diane Francis, John Tory and Hugh Mackenzie, with only Mackenzie really pushing for more taxes to fund government services. It was an excellent discussion. Andrew Coyne, as one would expect, wants less government, fewer subsidies and greater reliance on user fees where … Continue reading

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