A few sensible ways to improve our childish and inefficient Parliament

Every now and again – perhaps once in a political blue moon – a really good idea emerges, one that is so sensible that you might think our elected representatives would trip over themselves to claim ownership.

The idea for this blue moon emerges, or re-emerges, in a new book by Dave Meslin, a Toronto-based artist, activist and community organizer, entitled “Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up.”

Enough already! It’s time for carbon tax opponents to fold their tents

It is time that climate change deniers, doubters and skeptics – along with the provincial and federal politicians who seek to advance partisan agendas by playing bootless legal and constitutional games with the carbon tax issue – folded their tents.

It is time they stopped wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on court challenges to the federal government’s carbon pricing regime – the 2018 Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act, to give it its official name. It is time they stopped misleading the public about Ottawa’s anti-pollution strategy.

Is disillusion with Trudeau powerful enough to elect Scheer in October?

The Liberals won the federal election of 2015 for two main reasons.

The first reason: Justin Trudeau was not Stephen Harper. After nine-plus years of Conservative government – the last four with a majority – the country was weary of Harper and his party and it embraced Trudeau as the agent of change.

Getting to know Andrew Scheer. Or not.

Who is Andrew Scheer?

Even staunch Conservatives have been asking the question since Scheer won the party leadership two years ago.

The basics: age, 40; married, five children; MP for Regina-Qu’Appelle since 2004; previous position, speaker of the House of Commons, 2011-2017; job experience before politics, almost none.

What to do with the Ford blocking Scheer’s driveway?

Hon. Andrew Scheer,
Prime Minister-in-Waiting,
Stornoway,
Ottawa

My Dear Mr. Scheer,

The rapture is building across Canada!

No, I am not referring to the Toronto Raptors. (If you haven’t been briefed about the Raptors, Sir, they are a team of unconventionally tall men who play a sport called basketball in a place called Jurassic Park. I’ll explain some other time.)

In Election 2019, it’s Trudeau cynicism versus Scheer weakness

Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives accuse Justin Trudeau of political cynicism by injecting abortion, a hot issue in the United States, into this country’s election campaign.

Yes. It is true. Cynical, the Liberals are. But if you are prime minister, trailing in the polls (through no one’s fault but your own), and facing the distinct possibility of losing your job in October, you do whatever you have to do to take the mickey out of your opponents.

More nastiness in store as Parliament clears decks for election

The current session of Canada’s 42nd Parliament has been a nasty one. Members on both sides have invested more effort arguing over scandals, real or imagined, than they have debating measures that would benefit the people who sent them to Ottawa.

It is only going to get worse in the four weeks that remain before Parliament Hill shuts down for the summer. A mountain of legislation – some major, some minor, some as long as two years in the queue – is still waiting for approval by the Commons or the Senate.

United States abortion debate is coming to Canada’s election

Abortion law is once again a front-burner issue in American politics as that country steels itself for election year 2020.

No fewer than 300 bills to ban or restrict a woman’s access to legal abortion have been introduced in 36 states, and a dozen states have passed one – most notably Alabama where the governor, a woman, has signed into law a new measure that carries a 99-year prison term for doctors who perform abortions, even in cases of rape and incest.

Desire for change may bring a new Crosbie to power in Newfoundland

There is an even chance that, when voters in Newfoundland and Labrador go to the polls in their provincial election on Thursday, they will give the boot to the four-year-old Liberal government of Premier Dwight Ball and elect the Progressive Conservatives under Ches Crosbie.

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