There is an interesting political spat going on in Canada now. The former Conservative Prime Minister – Brian Mulroney – took a swipe at the sitting Conservative Prime Minister – Stephen Harper. To quote: “You have to do things, as I learned, not for easy headlines in 10 days, but for a better Canada in […]
Why would Canada’s Government want to discourage voting? Canada’s Steven Harper Government has announced that it will change Canada’s Elections Act to prohibit Elections Canada from encouraging Canadian’s to vote. Why would they do this? One of the goal of every democracy be to encourage high voter participation rates, and in these days of […]
When I went to bed last night the Liberals were leading in three of the four by-elections being held in Canadian electoral ridings to choose new Members of Parliament. By morning, I saw that the Liberals had won 2 and the Conservatives 2. These bi-elections, while having now influence on the balance of power in […]
The cancellation of the Experimental Lakes Program and the Harper approach to climate change has generated a lot of talk about whether Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are anti-evidence and anti-science. They are “anti” looking for problems they do not want to fix, but they are not anti-science. Irrespective of what you think of Harper, he […]
Stephen Harper has changes the tone of political debate with the attack ads he has launched against Dion, Ignatieff and, now, Trudeau. This nastiness is, i would have thought, beneath Canadians. I would have thought Canadians would reject this demeaning treatment of other candidates. Why does it seem to work?
I like Justin Trudeau. I align well with his small L liberal predispositions and he has an optimism that has been lacking in Canadian politics for some time now. But I am bothered by the number of people who are seeing him as the savior from a Harper Canada and have, basically, given up on […]