Geoffrey Stevens's blog

Canada losing a senator of principle

Published Dec. 16, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.

The resignation of Conservative Sen. Hugh Segal to become the new master of Massey College in Toronto in June is great news for the college and gloomy news for the Senate. But it is probably welcome news for the Prime Minister's Office, which could not figure out what to do with a senator — and a Tory to boot — whom it could not bend to its will.

Tories focus their attention on leadership speculation

Published Dec. 9, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.

Is Stephen Harper preparing to vacate the political stage?

On the face of it, the suggestion is absurd. Harper is currently where he has wanted to be his entire political career — very much in personal control of a majority Conservative government. He had to battle to get to that summit, falling short three times before finally making it in 2011.

PMO still in ‘plausible deniability’ mode

Published Nov. 25, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record

Let's talk today about "plausible deniability." The term apparently originated in the 1960s and referred at that time to CIA "black" operations.

It means that persons in power are to be protected from knowledge about illegal, unethical, immoral or politically damaging activities so that they may deny (without actually lying) having sanctioned these activities — because, you see, they didn't know about them.

Come election time, canadians will only care about the economy

Published Nov. 18, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.

This may be difficult, but please try to forget — for just a moment — all that lurid Rob Ford news exploding out of Toronto city hall. Can you do that?

And try to forget about the ugly Senate expenses scandal with the unprecedented ouster of erstwhile celebrities Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau. Stars no longer, they remain senators in name only.