A thumb on the scales

I'm told that the old expression about putting one's thumb on the scales originated with dishonest merchants who tried to add a little weight to their sales by doing just that. It has become a synonym for corrupt practices, especially for corrupt political practices ... ... so I am not surprised when I saw this, … Continue reading A thumb on the scales


So, summer is here and it's polling season, too. MPs are home, in their ridings, reconnecting with constituents, hopefully recharging their own political batteries and, in most cases, gearing up for the last, crucial, 48 days between Labour Day, when I expect to see all them in local parades and at festivals, and Sunday, October … Continue reading Numbers

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news

Some good news: a self-inflicted wound

Global News has developed a seat projection by blending the results of polls done by "Nanos, Forum, Angus Reid, Leger and Mainstreet conducted between mid-March and mid-April ... [and they say] ... Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is likely to win — but not by a majority ... [the polls represent] ... over 15,000 individual interviews, … Continue reading Some good news: a self-inflicted wound

There’s a rot in this country

Emmett Macfarlane is a professor of political science at the University of Waterloo, and the author of several books on Canada's constitution and governance.  His bio says that he studies "rights, governance, and public policy, with a particular focus on the Supreme Court of Canada’s impact on public policy and political discourse under the Charter … Continue reading There’s a rot in this country

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted

The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record

These are excerpts from an interview that The Honourable Jane Philpott, a former Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services and President of the Treasury Board, gave to Paul Wells of MacLean's magazine: "I resigned because I could not maintain solidarity with cabinet on the specific issue of the management of the SNC-Lavalin issue. I … Continue reading The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record