Opinion-Policy Nexus

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.

Seniority is a lousy way to hire teachers

As we move into teacher hiring season, it’s time for Ontario policymakers to take a hard look at Regulation 274, which makes seniority the ruling principle in hiring.

Imagine, for a minute, that you’re a recent university graduate and you get a job as a bank teller in Toronto. Over the next 10 years, you work hard at the bank and earn local, provincial and even national recognition for your work. Customers love you, co-workers look up to you, and supervisors praise your contributions to the branch.

Laurier's Next President, and the Idea of the University

 

Laurier is searching for a new president.

There's an online survey we can take, provided by the HR consulting firm Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette, that asks (among other things) what "must have" qualities a president should have, and whether we have any ideas for potential candidates?

The Trudeaus: Like father not like son

If you want to see the difference between Justin Trudeau and his late father, look no further than the son’s performance in Waterloo on Friday.

Justin was touring the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (a “must” stop for any 21st century political leader who wants to be taken seriously), when a reporter asked him a foreign affairs question with a bit of a smart-ass preamble: “I was going to ask you to explain quantum computing, but …”

Ranked balloting: Wilfrid Laurier University prof Barry Kay explains the good, the bad and the different

A switch to ranked balloting at the municipal or federal levels could mean the way you vote will change in upcoming elections.

Ontario has introduced changes to the Municipal Elections Act that would allow municipalities the option to use ranked ballots starting in 2018 – a change that could help voters feel like their opinions are being heard, said political scientist Barry Kay.

Tom Mulcair's biggest weakness also his greatest strength: bringing NDP to the centre

Tom Mulcair's political legacy will be as a strong orator, a champion for the environment and a chief architect of the orange wave that brought the party to historic heights in Quebec.

But he will also be remembered as the man who presided over a failed campaign that dragged the NDP from its first Official Opposition status back to a disappointing third-place finish.

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