• Why women’s votes matter now

    … women have so many concerns – gender violence, pay equity, the lack of and the cost of childcare, job insecurity, the state of schools, to name just a few. Because we experience these issues on a personal level, we don’t always connect them to political decisions. But we need to do that, and here are three reasons why: Budgets matter… Representation matters… Women’s Power matters…

  • A civil election campaign is vital to encourage women in politics

    History has shown that it’s quite possible – maybe even easier — to get elected by appealing to selected sections of the electorate and exploiting humanity’s worst instincts. But it’s impossible to govern effectively that way, to build anything that endures, to use high office in the service of our best selves. It would stand as an impressive first act of leadership if all would-be premiers said, in their first statements, that they will run, and will demand from their own supporters, campaigns of civility and respect.

  • Speaking as a White Male …

    Under what circumstances should we embrace the idea that collective identity shapes our thinking? Under what circumstances should we resist collective identity and insist on the primacy of individual discretion, and our common humanity? … the drive to bring in formerly marginalized groups has obviously been one of the great achievements of our era… Wider inclusion has vastly improved public debate… And there are other times when collective thinking seems positively corrupting.

  • Wynne’s throne speech promises new spending on health care, home care and child care in Ontario

    In a speech from the throne Monday, Wynne outlined the Liberal government’s agenda leading up to the June 7 election, promising new spending on health care, home care, dental care, pharmacare and child care… the premier is promising to expand the new OHIP+ prescription drug program “to include other parts of the population.” … The premier added that there would be an expanded public dental program in next week’s fiscal blueprint.

  • Horwath promises NDP will give Ontario full dental coverage, convert student loans to grants

    … five key promises in the party’s platform for the June 7 election… also include improvements to health and long-term care, returning Hydro One to public ownership while cutting rates, providing universal pharmacare and raising corporate tax rates.. “We are going to make sure every working person in Ontario has dental benefits… The dental program will be called “Ontario Benefits” and will be portable, moving with Ontarians when they switch employers, she said.

  • The right way to cut government spending? Focus on core responsibilities

    … some of the things government does it could do more efficiently — not by better central planning… but by structural reforms, changes to incentives that reward cost-consciousness rather than empire-building: for example, the “internal markets” that are the future of public health care. The sum of all these changes might well be a government that spent less — but as a consequence, not an objective; not at the expense of its core responsibilities, but by focusing on them.

  • Social conservatives savour victory, thank immigrants

    … for most social conservatives, religion is the motivating factor in their political mobilization. More than half a million Muslims immigrated to Canada in the 20 years to 2011… Almost 200,000 Filipino immigrants came to Canada in the five years to 2016, replenishing the pews of the country’s Catholic churches. As with most Canadian Muslims, these Filipino newcomers take their faith ultraseriously… “religious identity and practice are important and growing, in contrast to the broader secularizing trend in Canada.”

  • Liberals aim to limit influence of foreign money on federal elections

    The Liberal government hopes to have new rules aimed at limiting the ability of foreign money to influence Canadian federal elections in place before the 2019 vote. Sources suggest the government will reform the Canada Elections Act by introducing measures to try to level the playing field between third parties and political parties, and improve the transparency of donations.

  • Level electoral playing field by limiting voters’ total financial contributions

    Little by little, we are inching towards a sensible system of regulating political financing in this country. We will find the right balance at last when we fully grasp the fundamental principle on which any such system must be based. It is the same that underlies our system of government, and of law: the equality of every individual citizen.

  • Justin Trudeau should not glibly dismiss universal programs

    There are understandable reasons to balk at the prospect of creating new universal programs. The start-up costs can be daunting and if Ottawa is to share the burden with the provinces, as it must, then it will have to wade into the forbidding fed-prov morass. Still, at least in the case of pharmacare, and arguably for daycare, too, the evidence is clear that both the public and the economics support a universal program. So why the opposition?