Trust, Traps, and Taxes

A short while back, I posted a piece on why we vote against our own interests which provoked diverse responses including several which insisted that, to the contrary, we do know perfectly well who serves our interests and we vote accordingly. My problem, this argument goes, is that at best I just don’t like the … 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

Free Trade or Scandal?

The Toronto Star had an excellent, if somewhat strange, editorial the other day complaining about the lack of public debate on the possible Canada-Europe “free trade” deal. Apparently the negotiations are well advanced and the negotiators are most certainly dealing with issues of vital importance to Canadians – but, as the editorial puts it, all … Continue reading

Universities, Colleges and the Arts

Here is an excellent read by Paul Wells on a topic crucial to Canada’s future.  The last several years have seen an increasing focus, especially by federal governments, on the role of universities in the economy.  Federal funding has pushed universities to do more and get better at commercializing ideas.  Patents and spin offs have … Continue reading

Guergis, Irony and Tragedy

Frank Graves does his usual excellent job of analyzing shifting Canadian attitudes on “The Guergis-Jaffer Affair”. Not surprisingly the Conservatives took an initial hit in the polls but according to Ekos data (Frank’s firm), their slide has halted and the Liberals have now taken a bit of a hit.  Frank says, among other things, that … Continue reading