Last summer, I wrote a blog post lamenting the decline of Canadian politics. I worried about whether the "big" departments would continue to prioritize and hire scholars to teach and write about Canadian politics.
This is a topic I don't know very much about except what the statistics indicate: that this is a major problem in Canada and that it's clear that action is needed. But what kind of action?
The popular answer seems to be that the federal government should hold a national inquiry. Critics counter by saying that there is already a large body of research out there and so there's no need for another study.
Harper's original response was that this issue was a criminal one, rather than one based in sociological issues.
Published Aug. 5, 2014, in the Waterloo Region Record.
Politics, as they say, is the art of the possible. What, one wonders, would happen if the Harper government applied that adage to the seemingly intractable issue of Senate reform?