Canadian Policy

Electoral Reform? Don’t Hold Your Breath!

If you are looking to place a small wager on which election promises the new Liberal government in Ottawa will or will not be able to keep, consider this possibility. You might place a toonie on the proposition that Prime Minister Justin  Trudeau will NOT be able to keep his promise to make 2015 the last federal election to be fought using our traditional first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system.

Trudeau's honeymoon is about to end

Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON

My Dear Prime Minister:

I hate to be the one to break the bad news, but someone has to do it.

Sir, the honeymoon is about to end.

No, no, I am not referring to your wife Sophie, the beautiful lady with the crazy hats – long may that honeymoon last. I am referring to your honeymoon with the Canadian public.

It’s been grand hasn’t it? You’ve done a high-speed pirouette on the world stage – Antalya in Turkey, Manila, London, Malta, Paris. You’ve met the President and the Queen. You’ve talked global economics and climate change with world leaders. You’ve been mobbed by women who think you are the sexiest thing since your late father. And while you’ve been away, your popularity has gone up, up and up in the polls.

True tests are yet to come for new government

Published on Nov. 9, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

The task of the journalist, as the late American columnist Walter Lippmann defined it, is to provide “a picture of reality on which the citizen can act.”

So what does reality look like now, after week one of the Justin Trudeau Liberal government?

Source Cues Significantly Reduce People's Perception of Benefits from Fluoridation

Dr. Andrea Perrella and I have a new paper in the Canadian Journal of Public Health that reveals some interesting insights into how people process information and weigh the risks and benefits of water fluoridation. In particular, we found, through an experimental survey instrument, that people’s support for water fluoridation can be lowered, but not raised.