Posted October 18, 2019

An Ugly Campaign Grinds Its Way To A Conclusion

As noted in this space two weeks ago, the electorate in 2015 wanted a change from Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Initially, it looked like Tom Mulcair’s NDP might be the beneficiary.

But the Liberals tacked to the left of them, promising to run declining deficits for four years while the NDP had promised fiscal responsibility. A commitment that 2015 would be the last vote using first-past-the-post was attractive to progressive voters. Promises like those, and Trudeau’s energetic and engaging style, turned the tide and the Liberals won 184 out of 338 seats.

Read More »

Comparing the climate change policies of the federal parties is a depressing experience. Let’s start with the Liberals, looking first at their performance to date.
Read More »

In 2015, the Liberal government issued an ambitious plan for improving our schools. Of particular importance were the recommendations for changes to be negotiated with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU). There have been many bends in the road since then.
Read More »

A debate about whether Justin Trudeau is or was racist is not in itself useful. What is more pertinent is how the recent disclosures, and his reaction to them, further populate a trajectory of skirting the rules and exercising poor judgement.
Read More »

This article is about democratic rights. It is about whether MPs should have the right to express an opinion on a matter of conscience.

Neither this article nor any of the federal party leaders supports a change to the status quo around abortion rights.

Read More »