Does Megxit beget Rexit?

Peter Donolo, who is a communications consultant based in Toronto and who was (many years ago) director of communications in the office of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, takes up, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, the issue of the anachronism of the Canadian royal family that is emerging because of what some … Continue reading Does Megxit beget Rexit?

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?

Damned if he does

This post, from the estimable and retired senior civil servant, diplomat and political insider (he was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff after holding a senior appointment in both provincial and the national cabinet offices) Norman Spector pretty much sums up Justin Trudeau's dilemma: I'm not going to repeat (well, not more than just this once) … Continue reading Damned if he does

A coalition?

I have been saying, for some months now, that "The CPC might be able to form a minority government but it is equally, perhaps even more likely that Justin Trudeau, with the formal support of Jagmeet Singh, would be able to continue to govern with some support from the BQ and the Greens on an … Continue reading A coalition?

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

Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that "Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil Wars … Continue reading Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Minds made up?

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, "There hasn’t been a major shift in voter support in the wake of an ethics commissioner report [on the prime minister's ethical failing regarding] SNC-Lavalin, but the latest numbers still don’t look good for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals." Many Canadians, it appears to me, made up their minds … Continue reading Minds made up?