Suggestions for the Next Liberal Platform – April 19, 2013
The Liberal Party of Canada has now chosen its leader. Now the tough job of putting together a platform to meet Canada’s economic challenges begins. This column suggests some policy measures that would help modernize Canada’s economy.
The Trials of a Democratic Reformer – September 13, 2012
Former Los Angeles Lakers Coach Phil Jackson once referred to Sacramento as a "cowtown," but Gloria Romero, a pro-labor Democrat who served as California's Senate majority leader from 2001 to 2008, takes exception to the belittling description. The capitol building in Sacramento, she says, has "the eighth most powerful economy in the world under that dome," and it operates not unlike other wealthy kleptocracies. "There's no other way to say it politely. It's owned."
More Voting System Follies from New Zealand – September 5, 2012
In the lead up to last year’s referendum on our voting system, New Zealanders were re-assured that if MMP was successful, the system would be reviewed and improved. This promise persuaded many people who were considering voting for change, to stick with the status quo and vote for MMP.
Stephen Harper’s Wildrose Soulmate – April 5, 2012
It seems Albertans are poised to dump the Progressive Conservative Party after 41 long years in power. If so, the Tories will have been punished for being too progressive and too little conservative. They’ll be replaced by a party that’s surely dearer to the Prime Minister’s ideological heart – Wildrose.
How to Get Young People to Vote – September 3, 2011
If you know a young person that isn’t likely to vote in the upcoming provincial election, show them this column — it should get them motivated. You see, there’s a big financial iceberg headed toward our province and young people are going to get the shaft unless we change course now.
These Conservatives Have a Liberal Fiscal Bent – June 17, 2011
They’ve been in office for more than five years and now, courtesy of a majority victory, will remain there for another four years. Unless something quite unexpected happens, they should win re-election, giving their party an unbroken run of about 14 years in power, its longest stretch since the late 19th century.
Fairness Demands Additional Commons Seats for Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta – June 17, 2011
New legislation will give additional parliamentary representation to Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta to ensure that their representation in the House of Commons better reflects their populations.
Voters Choosing Alienation – May 18, 2011
The election of Ruth Ellen Brosseau as NDP MP for the Quebec riding of Berthier-Maskinongé exposes how the gap between voters and the elected mostly benefits party bosses.
Majority Mandate Demands An Ambitious Agenda – May 13, 2011
With a newly elected majority government, the Conservative party has the opportunity to pursue an ambitious reform agenda to address the major policy problems facing Canada.
You Want Better Voting Turnout? Teach Good History – May 10, 2011
Correcting the decline in voting participation is not a job for the state. Elections Canada programs and other gimmicks are not working. The problem is one of culture, and the culture should figure ways to correct it.
What Canadians Want – May 5, 2011
Canadian Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper's landslide victory in Monday's election, capturing the first center-right majority since 1988, is a tutorial in economics as much as politics. Aspiring Presidential candidates south of the 49th parallel, please take note.
O Conservatives – May 4, 2011
No longer is Canada’s Conservative Party hamstrung by a minority government. On Monday, 61 percent of registered voters trekked to the polls to hand Prime Minister Stephen Harper his first clear majority in the House of Commons.
Danielle Smith: ‘My Life Will Fall Under the Microscope’ – November 30, 2010
"Danielle Smith remembers the exact moment when her political self was born. And, as it turns out, her father, not her mother, delivered her."
Labour's Green Suicide – November 5, 2010
"Once in a while, Germany's Labour Party is finding out that one should listen to what common people think. The Green Party, according to opinion polls, has caught up with the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and, in some places, are set to overtake them. Instead of a future Red-Green coalition government, there could be a Green-Red one."
The Failure Of Sweden’s Red-Green Alliance – November 3, 2010
“They want to take away our way of life. They want to close our factories, take our cars and our snow scooters. They want to restrict hunting and travel. We have absolutely nothing in common. Their values aren’t my values. Why are we in bed with this party?”
Political Currents in Quebec Shifting to the Right – October 28, 2010
A new political movement was launched in Quebec City on the weekend (October 23).The movement is an expression of the frustrations of a new generation with the excesses of the previous one. It aims not a forming a political party, but at bringing together libertarian and conservative Quebeckers to produce a cultural shift.
‘Compassion Knows No Ideological Bounds’ is true – December 22, 2009
Feedback to Mark Milke's Compassion Has No Ideological Litmus Test Policy Note.
Compassion Has No Ideological Litmus Test – December 21, 2009
A few bad apples or someone’s bad day doesn’t indict the rest of us, regardless of how we peg ourselves in some less-than-perfect ideological description.
Subsidizing Separatism in Quebec – November 16, 2009
The Frontier’s new review of public subsidies to political parties is out: such subsidies have cost $330 million since 2000 and have mainly helped the sovereigntist movement in Quebec.
Media Release - Subsidizing Separatism in Quebec – November 16, 2009
Public subsidies have the pernicious effect of helping the Quebec sovereigntists do more campaigning and advertising than would otherwise be possible. Despite the opposition in late 2008 to ending taxpayer subsidies for political parties, continued subsidies are not in the interest of any federalist party interested in winning seats in Quebec.