Geoffrey Stevens's blog

Bungled tax rebate cheque shows government incompetence

Published Sep. 30, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record.

If it were not so serious, it would be very funny. The Canada Revenue Agency, the guardian (presumed) of the integrity (oft vaunted) of the Canadian tax system, cuts a refund cheque for $381,737 and, without a second thought, sends it off to an old man in Montreal.

Ignatieff learned the bitter lesson of rejected politicians

Published Sep. 23, 2013, in The Waterloo Region Record

Politics is a cruel sport, perhaps the cruelest of all supposedly civilized pursuits. It raises its practitioners to giddy heights that many of them could scarcely dream of. It can dash them to the ground without warning and abandon them in the gutter of defeat and failed ambition, there to struggle to retrieve their dignity and rebuild their lives.

Long pre-election phase portends a minority

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

Visitors to Ottawa can be excused for being bewildered these days. They arrive expecting to find a bustling, vibrant national capital, filled with eager politicians seized with the great issues of the moment. Instead, they find a Potemkin village, a cardboard capital in which, if you exclude a few groundskeepers and lunch-bound deputy ministers, nothing moves.