Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?

A few days ago one of my interlocutors asked, in response to one of my posts: "Is it realistic to dispute that under the current ‘first past the post’ electoral system in Canada the country is governed / controlled by the population centre in the ‘Windsor to Quebec City’ corridor? Even today the current minority … Continue reading Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?

The correct order of things

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "the provinces run this country. The political elites in Ottawa find this intolerable. But that doesn’t make it any less true." He said that "The know-it-alls will sigh with boredom. Once again, those whiny premiers demand that Ottawa shovel more tax dollars to them with … Continue reading The correct order of things

Misorganization

There is a very, very useful article in iPolitics that I, for one, will keep for reference because it shows just how disorganized the Trudeau regime is. When I mentioned, a couple of days ago, the large number of obviously "third-tier" cabinet posts I was guessing that these were really just "associate ministers" or even … Continue reading Misorganization

The right way

I see in an article by Andy Blatchford of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, that "Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there’s a “compelling case” to be made for his province to exit the half-century-old Canada Pension Plan – an idea sure to face increasing scrutiny over the coming months ... [because] … Continue reading The right way

Guessing games

Yesterday I asked everyone to come out and vote, but just the day before the ever-insightful John Ibbitson opined, in the Globe and Mail, that "With the general election less than two weeks away, and with the Liberals and Conservatives still tied in the polls, turnout could decide the result." Your vote does matter! He did … Continue reading Guessing games

800-pound gorillas (3)

I have been arguing, since the early days of this blog, February 2016 to be exact, that health care spending is going to destroy Canada. Put simply: We cannot afford the system we have; The system we have is broken; and No one wants to discuss a rational system. Canadians love their healthcare system. About … Continue reading 800-pound gorillas (3)

Institutions

Most experts in the world agree that strong socio-political, administrative, legal and regulatory institutions are what underpin social harmony and prosperity in successful societies. I have suggested, more than once, that China is making a strategic blunder by undermining the (limited) progress it has made in strengthening its legal and administrative institutions as it tries … Continue reading Institutions