How to revive Canada’s dream of social democracy

Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Nov 26 2011
Conservatives commonly claim that opinion has shifted to the right, that people want less government. The evidence is rather that they have lost faith in the capacity of our political system to deliver the kind of government most Canadians want. That is reflected both in the low turnout at elections and the recent strength, among those who did go to the polls, of the party that had long gathered little more than a protest vote. There will be no reforming government, however, until either the NDP or a revitalized Liberal party has developed, and taken to the electorate, a realistic agenda for social democracy.

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The opposition hurts itself by defending political subsidies

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Apr. 07, 2011
The opposition leadership needs to learn a simple principle of political controversy: There are no votes in defending what is plainly your self-interest. The effective response to Mr. Harper’s proposed reform isn’t to ask the voters to rein him in. It’s to run ahead of him. There’s plenty of room for that. The partial reform Mr. Harper proposes will still leave the parties with plenty of money, in the wrong place… Reform legislation should put it where it belongs, in the constituency associations of a party’s members.

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Cure health care, or lose it – bit by bit

Monday, March 1st, 2010

Feb. 26, 2010
What is crowded out is the prevention of sickness. It is not only better than curing. It is cheaper, eventually. But it takes time. Immediately, it means additional costs on top of treating those who are already sick. Under pressure, it is put off to tomorrow, and tomorrow.

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