Geoffrey Stevens's blog

The Trudeau connection: From swinging sixties to risk-adverse teens

Published Oct. 1, 2012, in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury.

What a difference a generation makes!

A generation ago, Pierre Trudeau, father of today’s dauphin, burst on the political scene, “like a stone through a stained glass window” (in the memorable simile of the late journalist Gordon Donaldson).

Peter Lougheed could have been prime minister

Published Sept 17, 2012 in Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury

Robert Stanfield was often described as the best prime minister Canada never had. He was a great premier (Nova Scotia), became leader of the federal Progressive Conservative party, but had the ill fortune to appear on the national stage at the same time as Liberal Pierre Trudeau, to whom he lost three general elections in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

What about Peter Lougheed?

Was Kitchener-Waterloo a harbinger or aberration?

Published Sept. 10, 2012, in the Waterloo Region Record and Guelph Mercury.

Let’s return for a moment to last week’s provincial byelection in Kitchener-Waterloo. Does the outcome – an upset NDP victory – have real implications? Is it a harbinger of things to come in Ontario politics? Or is it an aberration, an oddity to be filed at Queen’s Park under the heading, “Weird Things that Happen in Byelections?”