As Trudeau soars, Wynne sags – and Patrick Brown waits in the wings

Can Justin Trudeau prevent Patrick Brown from becoming the next premier of Ontario?

This may seem like an odd question, but bear with me for a moment.

Let’s turn the clock back three years, to April 2013 when Trudeau was elected national leader of Liberal party. One of his earliest and most enthusiastic supporters was the new Liberal leader in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, who had been sworn in as premier just two months earlier.

PhD, Jeffrey Simpson, and other things I learned from the Donner Dinner

Last night my wife and I attended the annual Donner Prize Dinner for the best book pubilshed that year on Canadian public policy.  My co-authored book with Tom Flanagan and Andre Le Dressay was shortlisted many years ago and ever since, we've been invited to the dinner.

It's actually a pretty fun event. Great appetizers.  Excellent dinners.  An an open bar.  Usually interesting dinner mates (this time we were seated with Carolyn Tuohy, Chad Gadfield, and my most excellent colleague, Andy Sancton).  Talk about an academics' dream (we dream small)!

It’s time to put the ‘Senate Scandal’ behind us

A few questions. Would it not be the appropriate, and decent, thing for the Right Honourable Member for Calgary Heritage – that would be Stephen Harper – to offer an apology to the Honourable Senator  from Cavendish, P.E.I.? That would be Mike Duffy. Let’s make it a profuse apology.