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THE FULL NELSON
Electoral reform? Don’t count on it

Watch for the yet-to-be-appointed parliamentary committee to recommend a referendum and for the public to vote against change because they generally opt for the devil they know. More talk and less action on electoral reform is once again in store.


  
Revisiting the Fair Elections Act

The election results revealed the questionable relevance of the reviled Fair Elections Act: voter turnout rose dramatically and the war chest of the free-spending Conservatives did little for party fortunes.


  
What does Canadian conservatism represent?

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.


  
Is the NDP to the right of the Liberals?

  
Who and what are Canada’s ‘second class citizens?’

  
Is Voter Turnout Declining?

Not much has changed in voter turnout recently in spite of all the babble and hand wringing.


  
Should Parliament adopt e-petitions?

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.


  
Should Canada adopt a Cabinet manual?

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 barriers to Liberal-NDP cooperation

The two parties settle for dancing alone. They may date occasionally but matrimony is out of the question.


  
The night of the next election

In another Conservative minority situation, the opposition parties will have to act expeditiously and with greater resolve than they did in 2008.


  
Time to reinvigorate Parliament, right now

  
Is Canada a failed democracy?

To be sure, not everyone is equal neither in wealth nor in opportunity, but Canada offers all abundant opportunities.


  
Policing as an anomaly in federal-provincial relations

  
Canada’s got phony fixed election date laws and that may be a good thing: Nelson Wiseman

A virtue of the Canadian system is its fixed electoral cycle.


  
Elections overhaul bill will barely affect conduct of elections, results

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 vouch or not to vouch: that is the question

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.


  
NDP fortunes shrinking

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.


  
Nelson Wiseman: the low voter turnout a problem?

  
The road to Senate reform is a cul-de-sac

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.


  
Politics shouldn’t always be a team sport

In Canada, MPs, and MLAs are compelled to be team players under their coach’s thumb.


  
Parliamentary Calendar
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Bluesky Strategy hosts Hillites, local politicos for drinks at Beckta Feb. 1, 2016

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Great Work Systems' Jen Hunter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristen Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Attendees at the Tuesday, Jan. 27 event filled the glass atrium of the Performance Court Building adjoining to the back of Beckta restaurant on Elgin Street. A DJ was playing upbeat tunes all evening.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MP Scott Simms and Bluesky's Raphael Brass.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky's Susan Smith, CHEO CEO Alex Munter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristin Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NSERC President Mario Pinto talking to Phil Fontaine, former AFN national chief.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

NDP National Director Karl Bélanger.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bruce Heyman speaking with Huawei's Scott Bradley, and Liberal transition head Peter Harder.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Liberal MP Kim Rudd talks to Huffington Post Canada's Althia Raj.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Director of Communications to the House Speaker, Heather Bradley.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Bluesky Strategy's Codie Taylor, and Emily Smith in behind.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Kyle Harrietha, left, a staffer to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Mike Storeshaw, director of media relations to interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Dentons' Scotty Greenwood.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Vicki Heyman, Jen Hunter, and CMA's Kristin Smith.

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

Former Reuters bureau chief Randall Palmer, Carleton journalism professor Allan Thompson, and The Hill Times editor Kate Malloy.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE



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