Opinion

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There is no party like a victory party that actually happens after a victory. Especially if the previous one was in the 1940s.

But hardly any Canadians take an active role in local party politics beyond voting. Doing so leaves parties exposed to special interest groups, wealthy donors and the small number of unrepresentative people who come forward to pick leaders and choose party direction. Is it any wonder we don’t feel they reflect our priorities?Continue Reading

Text describing why we didn't post an episode on Canada Day

Please see above for our reasons why we decided not to the post an episode this Canada Day. We invite you to read up on the Truth and Reconciliation report here to learn about the recommendations put forward by the commission here: http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf For more information on Reconciliation please visit: https://reconciliationcanada.ca/ If you seek counselling in relation to your experiences with the residential school system, we suggest you reach out to the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line. They can be reached at: 1-866-925-4419Continue Reading

Two Types of History

Statues are not history, and few things are more boring to historians than statutes of Victorian worthies … right until the moment they are pulled down.

Among the hysteria about “cancelling Canada’s history”, millions are learning important facts about Canada’s past. So is it history the statue-defenders want to protect? Or a mythological past that hides the brutal truths?Continue Reading

Pork Barrell cartoon (piublic domain)

What might cost thousands or even millions in the US costs at most a couple of hundred bucks here in Canada.

Donor limits don’t take the impression of ‘cash for influence’ out of politics, they just make it much cheaper.

So how can we fund parties in a way that makes political finances above suspicion? Continue Reading

You're Wrong About

The first part of a series of articles on political finances in Ontario.

Political parties in Ontario, and across Canada, depend on public subsidies as much as public donations to survive. Shouldn’t they be able to support themselves? The answer is that the subsidies are the least of our problems with how parties raise money.Continue Reading

Halton Mayors

‘Tis the week before Christmas and all through the province, the 905 was asking … are we going into a lockdown? The Mayor of Mississauga, Bonnie Crombie has come out requesting that lockdown be extended for all red zones in the 905 to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  […] Read the full article at Joel MacLeod.caContinue Reading