Up here in Canada, Senator Patrick Brazeau has just been arrested (again) for sexual assault and domestic violence, on top of an ongoing police investigation into fraudulent spending as a Senator. At least three other Senators are caught up in the expense investigation. How did someone like this get appointed to Canada’s Upper House? It […]
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 […]
John Ibbitson wrote a front page feature in the Globe and Mail this morning detailing the rising fortunes of NDP leader Thomas Mulcair in federal Canadian politics. Most political watchers in Ottawa are feeling that Mulcair and the NDP’s star is falling and the Liberals are reemerging as a strong political force for the centre […]
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 […]
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 […]