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Public Ethics

Trudeau’s Use and Abandonment of Electoral Reform: Will the Zombie Walk Again?

June 01, 2017

Trudeau has promised to open up elections not once, but twice. Twice he has abandoned his promise. Will he promise to do it a third time?



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Moral Transgression and Anti-Intellectualism: the Trudeau Government’s Abandonment of Voter Reform

February 03, 2017

“Moral transgression” is an accurate term for the Trudeau government’s abandonment of voter reform. I try to make the case. I offer some reflections on the political issues briefly afterwards.



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Post-election perspective

November 09, 2016

Some things to remember as you work through your feelings about the US election.



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Epictetus and the paradox of self-care

October 13, 2016

Matt offers a personal reflection on the ancient philosopher Epictetus and asks the question: how do we square philosophies of self-care with the need to build a better world for everyone?



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On "locker room talk" as an issue of public ethics

October 09, 2016

Trump's latest scandal - a video recording where he brags about sexually assaulting women - helps us to reflect on three important topics in public ethics: clarity and precision of the language and concepts we use to talk about such scandals; the boundary between private and public; the interlocking nature of power and oppression.



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Upcoming Conference: Building Hospitable Communities for Aging

September 21, 2016

The international interdisciplinary conference Building Hospitable Communities for Aging: Challenges and Opportunities will take place at Saint Paul University from September 28 to 30, 2016. Matt provides a brief outline of the reasons for the conference, the topics it will cover, and the long process of community involvement which went into its planning.



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Does Voter Reform Require a Referendum? That Depends on what "Voter Reform" Means.

August 09, 2016

To see whether or not voter reform requires a referendum, it is necessary to clarify what "voter reform" means since there are a number of possibilities. This article provides an answer as to when a referendum is needed and when it is not.



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Trump and the US Elections

June 19, 2016

I must say that like many others I have watched the rise of Donald Trump in the 2016 US presidential primaries with a bit of bewilderment and surprise.



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Government by Cabinet is Back! But What Does that Really Mean?

April 21, 2016

Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper was accused of being a lone wolf in the cabinet, calling the important shots in isolation. But Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion just claimed that he alone authorized the Saudi arms deal. Is Dion a scaled-down version of Harper? Were Stephen and Stéphane separated at birth?



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Ethics and the Budget--Again! The Trudeau Government throws a Sop to Cerberus?

April 12, 2016

The ongoing saga of the Trudeau government's conflict with the PBO. Under pressure, the government provided the PBO with the requested information. However, the information provided raises more questions.



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Ethics, Orwell & the Federal Budget: Is Institutional Transparency Even Possible?

April 08, 2016

Two governments in a row have collided with the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) over their refusal to provide the necessary data so that the PBO can do its job. Is transparency in government a myth?



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An open letter to Governor Pat McCrory

April 07, 2016

An open letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory concerning the signing of House Bill 2 into law.



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Electoral Reform: the Clock is Ticking

April 05, 2016

This discusses the fact that the current government promised to have electoral reform tabled within a brief time of its first mandate and that so far, nothing has been done.




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