Britain's vote to leave the European Union has released a tsunami of economic and political forces that are sweeping across the continent and far beyond.
It is conventional wisdom in American elections, that vice-presidential candidates are rarely pivotal, and then only that a poor candidate (as with Sarah Palin) might detract from a campaign.
The most commonly cited exception would be 1960 when Lyndon Johnson helped Kennedy carry Texas, but even in that case his home state alone wouldn't have altered the result.
Last week’s passage of Bill C-14, the new assisted-dying law, offers an example of how Parliament, on its best days, can work.
As we were taught ages ago in school, when the government introduces a bill in the House of Commons, the broad principles of the legislation are debated at what is known as second-reading stage, after which the bill is referred to a House committee for detailed examination. The committee may or may not make changes before the bill is returned to the House for third and final reading. It is then sent to the Senate.
Jen Nelles and I have written a new book to be published by University of Toronto Press in August. The book is called, "A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada."
We produced a short video that summarizes one of the findings from our book.
No one ever said government decision-making was easy.
Sometimes it is damnably difficult, as it is with Bill C-14, the assisted-dying law where Parliament is struggling to find a balance between public opinion and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Now that the American Democratic Party's delegate selection process is essentially over, the canard that Bernie Sanders still has a path to the presidential nomination should be relegated to the realm of fantasy.
Indeed, given the Democrats' long standing practice of proportional allocation of delegates, the die was cast for this result a couple of months ago. Sanders operatives set up false expectations for their supporters.
The media did not create Donald Trump. The media, however, does bear some responsibility for inflating his candidacy from the status of a carnival act to what it is today: a menace to the American political system.
Much of the energy at the federal level these days is being directed not so much at constructing the future as it is at deconstructing the past – that is, in dismantling the legacy of Stephen Harper.
The problem with majority governments is that political parties that are fortunate enough to have a majority tend to assume they have a mandate to do pretty much whatever they wish. When a majority of seats is combined with high popularity in the opinion polls – as is the case with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals – self-confidence can easily become high-handedness and arrogance.