Rating the odds in the U.S. ‘Veepstakes’

It is conventional wisdom in American elections, that vice-presidential candidates are rarely pivotal, and then only that a poor candidate (as with Sarah Palin) might detract from a campaign.

The most commonly cited exception would be 1960 when Lyndon Johnson helped Kennedy carry Texas, but even in that case his home state alone wouldn't have altered the result.

Confrontation avoided, Parliament was at its best on C-14

Last week’s passage of Bill C-14, the new assisted-dying law, offers an example of how Parliament, on its best days, can work.

As we were taught ages ago in school, when the government introduces a bill in the House of Commons, the broad principles of the legislation are debated at what is known as second-reading stage, after which the bill is referred to a House committee for detailed examination. The committee may or may not make changes before the bill is returned to the House for third and final reading. It is then sent to the Senate.

Our new book! A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Relations in Canada

Jen Nelles and I have written a new book to be published by University of Toronto Press in August. The book is called, "A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada." 

We produced a short video that summarizes one of the findings from our book.