Canadian Policy

In British Columbia, for-profit nursing homes spend $10,000 less per patient for care than non-profit homes.

Last week, Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government gave itself the power to take over temporary management of long-term care homes that are unable to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

One might ask why Ontario waited so long. British Columbia, which has been more successful in holding off the coronavirus, made the same move six weeks earlier.

'I worry about this': Trudeau's move to dissolve Indigenous Affairs Department prompts concern

LISPOP Associate Christopher Alcantara comments on the recent reorganization of Indigenous Affairs.

Check it out here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-dissolve-indigenous-affairs-worr...

Learning to live with the impossible in politics

“Politics is the art of the possible, the attainable – the art of the next best” –
German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Today’s politicians might be forgiven for amending the Iron Chancellor’s observation to something like this: Politics is the art of learning to live with the impossible.

There are plenty of examples in Canada and the United States.

Compromise needed in electoral reform

Since Justin Trudeau's formal confirmation that his pledge of a reformed electoral system will not occur, he has been on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism, most of it characterizing him as a liar and a cynic. This is all fair game in politics, but it should be noted that his opponents are just as guilty of promoting their self interest.

Is Trudeau reaching beyond his grasp to make pot legal?

“Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?”
Robert Browning

Mr. Trudeau, meet Mr. Browning.

One thing the Trudeau government cannot be accused of is lack of reach. Its ambitions have carried it into endeavours that the Harper government did not attempt to reach or had no interest in reaching.