Wouldn’t it be great if we lowered the voting age to 16? Continue reading
Today, members of the Ontario PC Party meet to hear the voting results of their recent leadership election. Over 60,000 votes will be counted, and a new leader (and party members hope the next Premier) will be announced. One-member-One-vote. And yet, it makes me long for the days of the old-fashioned, delegated conventions where just a small number of the most devoted party enthusiasts would take on this momentous task. Continue reading
You don’t need polling research or pundits to predict who will win Ontario provincial elections. All you must do is check which party controls the federal government. Then, select the opposite party. That’s who will win the next provincial election. More or less. Here’s why. Continue reading
What do Abraham Lincoln, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Lyndon Johnson all have in common? Yes, they were all U.S. Presidents. Also, they all lost elections at least once. Continue reading
Ontario is now, once again, gripped by stories of skyrocketing apartment rents. Much like our fascination (or horror, depending if you are an owner or buyer) with rising house prices, every ten years or so Ontarians and Torontonians express outrage at rent increases. Continue reading
That was the title of a debate at the Manning Conference in Ottawa. Surprisingly, I’d easily say “No” to this question. Why surprisingly? Because I once thought public funding of a TV and radio broadcaster (the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, or CBC) was a terrible use of hard earned taxdollars. I don’t think that anymore. I’ll explain why. Continue reading
Hillary Clinton. First Lady, Senator and Secretary of State. Rarely has a more politically experienced person been a candidate for the Presidency. Yet, all this experience and qualification was for not. America voted for Donald Trump, someone who has never been in public office, and who promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington DC – the very swamp that Clinton was standing neck-deep in.
There are some key, but simple reasons why Democrat heir-apparent Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 U.S. election: Continue reading
So let’s say a federal cabinet minister pays $520 for an annual airport lounge pass. Now let’s say this cabinet minister gets reimbursed by public taxdollars for that $520 airport lounge pass. Many would claim this is a terrible use of public money. Or is it? Continue reading
Critics of the Scarborough Subway say it has fewer stops and a higher cost than alternative transit options – but that is precisely the point
Sixty years ago, a large sprawling tract of vegetable farms east of Toronto transformed seemingly overnight into a maze of tangled, winding residential streets in cookie-cutter housing subdivisions. What was once a farming township now contains 700,000 people, factories, malls and highways. Continue reading
Our country has progressed. Our national anthem should too.
Yesterday, Canada’s House of Commons gave its final vote of approval to Bill C-210. This was a private members bill introduced by MP Mauril Bélanger. This bill proposes that the line “in all thy sons command” be changed to “in all of us command“, making the English lyrics of the national anthem gender neutral. Continue reading