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
Absolutely nothing, it turns out. Folks who support Proportional Representation are focusing on a meaningless metric in elections: The popular vote.
Yes, I actually said that. Continue reading
What is the identity of a place? Sometimes it lies in a piece of fabric. And, when that piece of fabric launches a debate about what a flag should look like, we can learn amazing things about who we are. But more importantly, a flag can teach us about where we came from. Continue reading
A Canadian who doesn’t own property can never be appointed to Canada’s Senate. If this sounds like one of those archaic laws from 200 years ago that only allowed rich people to vote, you’re close. Continue reading