Published April 6, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.
The Mike Duffy trial, which begins this week, is first of three political happenings that will determine the fate of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government this year. The second is the belated federal budget to be presented on April 21 by Finance Minister Joe Oliver, an improbable alchemist who will try to convince the country that it is possible to turn red ink into black.
Earlier this week, Danielle Smith failed to win the PC nomination in her riding and the knives were out. Some commentators and politicians mentioned how "Albertans have spoken" or how "Albertans" didn't like her floor-crossing behaviour and punished her accordingly.
Published Mar. 23, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.
As Canada lurches unsteadily toward a general election, something important is missing. That “something” is a sense of national purpose – or vision – from any of the three major parties. How do the Conservatives, the New Democrats or the Liberals envisage the future of the country they aspire to lead for (let us say) the next decade or beyond?