Who knows if Canada’s Conservatives are capable of adapting their values to the post-Harper political context. It is an open question. But Joe Clark says he may even rejoin the party that he says left him.
Not much has changed in voter turnout recently in spite of all the babble and hand wringing.
Experience suggests that there is little to be gained from introducing e-petitions beyond allowing Parliamentarians to pander, to boast that e-petitions are evidence of how open and receptive they are to more engagement and input from the public.
The Liberals jettisoned their coalition of 2008 so soon after having negotiated it because they feared being offside with public opinion. The will of the public, the essence of democracy, will prevail. It did in 2008 and in Ontario in 1985.
The two parties settle for dancing alone. They may date occasionally but matrimony is out of the question.
In another Conservative minority situation, the opposition parties will have to act expeditiously and with greater resolve than they did in 2008.
To be sure, not everyone is equal neither in wealth nor in opportunity, but Canada offers all abundant opportunities.
A virtue of the Canadian system is its fixed electoral cycle.
When the wind of electoral change blows, the bill’s changes to the Elections Act and to what Elections Canada does will prove to be of little significance to the outcome.
To mollify both the critics and supporters of vouching there is a solution: maintain the practice but place the vouched ballots in a sealed envelope at each polling station.
Charisma only goes so far. Trudeau senior had it and triumphed very soon after becoming the Liberal leader in 1968. The Tories are unpopular and the Trudeau effect could wear off as it did for his father, whose popularity really only revived after his death. Meanwhile, Mulcair is biding his time.
The Supreme Court, like the Quebec Court of Appeal, will almost certainly tell the government that its Senate reform proposals do not pass constitutional muster and, since an accord with the provinces is a non-starter, the Senate status quo will prevail. Get used to it.
In Canada, MPs, and MLAs are compelled to be team players under their coach’s thumb.
Parliament’s new act opens a potential assortment of problems. A better tack might have been for the Prime Minister to tell the British that their BNA Act of 1867 offers a sufficient basis for Canada’s compliance with whatever new act the British adopt with respect to the office of the Queen.
Both John Diefenbaker and Stephen Harper were born in Ontario. Both moved to the Prairies and became prime ministers.
Attendees packed into Social on Sussex Drive last Thursday, a mix of Canada 2020 delegates and Hillites. The bar was lit up red and the party went on well into the wee hours of the morning.
Policy Options Editor Dan Gardner, Environics' Greg MacEachern, and Shaw's Jim Patrick.
Canadians for Clean Prosperity’s Tom Chervinsky and Mollie Anderson, with United Way Ottawa VP Adam Smith.
Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries’ Nicholas Todd and Canada 2020’s Alex Patterson.
Adriana Vega, William Norman, and Liberal MP Anita Vandenbeld’s legislative assistant Hillary Buchan-Terrell.
NPR Radio host in D.C. David McGuffin and Liberal volunteer Mike Lapointe.
The Globe and Mail’s Adam Radwanski and Samara’s Kendall Anderson.
Great Work’s Jen Hunter and Allana Graham, flanking Canadian Home Builders' Association’s Jason Burggraaf.