Geoffrey Stevens's blog

A political pundit’s hunches for 2014

Published Dec. 30, 2013, in the Waterloo Region Record

In 2013, the political universe did not unfold as the savants and the players themselves thought it would. Far from it.

A year ago, who would have predicted that the biggest political stories of 2013 year would be a penny-ante Senate expense scandal (abetted by a clumsy cover-up by the Prime Minister's Office) and an astonishing crack cocaine scandal starring the mayor of Toronto?

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.