Is Justin Trudeau the real deal?

Published Nov. 26, 2012 in The Waterloo Region Record

Is Justin Trudeau the real deal?

That’s a question many Liberals are asking as the contestants in the race for the top in the party – without a permanent leader since the debacle of the 2011 election – straggle to the starting line for the race that will end in Ottawa on April 14.

Marriage and Parenting Predicts Politics

From Tyler Cowan's blog, Marginal Revolution:

"Stunningly, the postponement of marriage and parenting — the factors that shrink the birth rate — is the very best predictor of a person’s politics in the United States, over even income and education levels, a Belgian demographer named Ron Lesthaeghe has discovered. Larger family size in America correlates to early marriage and childbirth, lower women’s employment, and opposition to gay rights — all social factors that lead voters to see red."

Poor Harper: So successful, so under-appreciated

Published Nov. 19, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

Pity Stephen Harper. The poor man doesn’t get much respect.

Here he is, the most successful politician on the Canadian stage. He’s fought four general elections in eight years as leader of his party and won three of them. Come February he will have been prime minister for seven years.

Knowing when leaders approach their best-before date

Published Nov. 12, 2012, in The Waterloo Region Record.

There’s a hypothesis among people who dabble in politics that the average political leader has a half-life of about six years – “half-life” being a term borrowed from science to describe a process of gradual or exponential decay.

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