Taking Back Our Democracy: Bridging the Generational Divide

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

“Never Waste a Good Crisis”

The statement that we must “never waste a good crisis” is generally attributed to Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, in response to the Wall Street meltdown. Many have made the same point and, in fact, the words can be traced back at least to Niccolo Machiavelli who wrote, “Never waste the opportunity offered … Continue reading

Political Parties

Recent polls confirm that no Party is close to winning majority support.  Canadians, it seems, are not much impressed by what is on offer. Perhaps in some ways we are getting the politics we deserve.   We do not seem to care about government the way we once did.  We do not seem to be as moved by … Continue reading

Canada at 150

A few hundred people have convened in Montreal and many more are linking in virtually to discuss the Canada we want and what investments, sacrifices and trade offs we have to make to get there.  Whatever the political merits, this can only be a good thing, focusing our attention on our shared aspirations and concerns.  … Continue reading