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.
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.
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.
Great Work Systems' Jen Hunter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristen Smith.
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.
Bluesky's Susan Smith, CHEO CEO Alex Munter, Bluesky's Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and CMA's Kristin Smith.
NSERC President Mario Pinto talking to Phil Fontaine, former AFN national chief.
Bruce Heyman speaking with Huawei's Scott Bradley, and Liberal transition head Peter Harder.
Liberal MP Kim Rudd talks to Huffington Post Canada's Althia Raj.
Director of Communications to the House Speaker, Heather Bradley.
Bluesky Strategy's Codie Taylor, and Emily Smith in behind.
Kyle Harrietha, left, a staffer to Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna.
Mike Storeshaw, director of media relations to interim Conservative Party Leader Rona Ambrose.