Category Archives: Politics

Rob Ford, R.I.P.

There’s a talent called “the common touch:” the ability to connect, on an emotional level with a significant population. This is something that Rob Ford’s detractors, now that he’s passed on, are finally admitting that he had. All politicians in … Continue reading

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What’s A “Merit-Based” Senator?

Justin Trudeau’s latest campaign promise pretty much describes the typical Liberal campaign promise: it sounds good, but it’s also too vague to be taken seriously. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is promising to reform Senate appointments and introduce an “open, non-partisan, … Continue reading

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Fisking John Boyko’s Ten Election Rules

There’s a writer named John Boyko who’s published an essay in the Montreal Gazette (if for some reason you hit a paywall, it’s also available on his blog). One note: the fact that the graphic he uses for his blog … Continue reading

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Tin Ear Lizzie

There is one truism in modern politics that its practitioners always seem to forget: politicians have never been, and will never be, “hip.” It’s the nature of the beast. To have a career in politics implies an ability to display … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts On An Orange Alberta

Well, those who would have thought Jim Prentice would be Stephen Harper’s successor should be thankful they didn’t bet any money on the idea. No, I’m not going to weep / wail / mourn the so-called “death” of conservatism in … Continue reading

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Why Peanuts Should Matter to Margaret Wente

There’s a passage in Margaret Wente’s otherwise readable Globe column that bothers me: No matter how outraged we may be, the actual amount of money scammed from the public adds up to peanuts. The cost of Mr. Duffy’s lengthy trial, … Continue reading

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Why Sensible People Don’t Become Members of Parliament

So what do you think of your MP? Odds are: not much. I don’t mean that you have a low opinion of your member of Parliament. I do mean that whatever she or he does, doesn’t occupy a significant chunk … Continue reading

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