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Politics, Sausages, Wilson-Raybould and Trudeau--Time to Go Vegetarian?

February 28, 2019

We got a good look at politics in action via Wilson-Raybould's testimony recently. Is this the way that we want our politics to be done?

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Playing with the Facts and De-Worming your Mind

January 09, 2019

Is it okay to distort the truth to support a moral/political position?

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Prime Minister Trudeau: A Tartuffe with First Nations?

October 14, 2017

Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made some laudable promises regarding First Nations issues and I commend him for that. But is it all just for the sake of appearances? It would seem to be so. But I am not an expert on these issues, just a concerned citizen.

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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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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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Ethics and Arms: The Strange Saga of the Saudi Arms Deal

March 31, 2016

This is a discussion of the contrast between respecting human rights and prioritizing economic interests.

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