Bargain Basement Citizenship and the Decline of Democracy

We ought to be outraged. Just about every day our media provides a new account of the decline of our democracy:  the inadequacies of our electoral system and allegations of electoral fraud; the high-handed treatment of our Parliament through inappropriate prorogations and overuse of omnibus legislation; a government ever more authoritarian and opaque, resistant to evidence and reason, and … Continue reading

Taking Back Our Democracy: Welcome to Leadnow.ca

This post has been published in The Mark News as “The Democracy We Deserve” As we watch events unfold in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, as the media chronicle acts of extraordinary courage in the face of grotesque brutality, I expect many of us —  inspired, hopeful, uncertain — are led to reflect on things here at home.  … Continue reading

Bowling Together: An Exchange on Citizenship

Here is the third installment of the extended conversation with Scott Payne on democracy and citizenship. SCOTT PAYNE Now, you know that I am strongly in favour of the idea you have expressed that we need to close the gap between citizens and their government as a means of revitalizing our democracy. And I am … Continue reading

The Lost Art Of Democratic Argument

Here Michael Sandel, the Harvard philosopher, tests out some of the ideas in his new book, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to do? His premise: that democracy thrives on, in fact requires, civil debates on the big moral and political issues governments are wrestling with. We are seeing more and more discussion of what ails … Continue reading