Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?

The province has long been on the cutting edge of political innovation, despite what some would have us believe

Who said Alberta was a bastion of conservatism?Will Albertans vote for the United Conservative Party on Tuesday? The NDP election victory in 2015 is widely regarded as an accident. Many think it was an aberration in a deeply conservative province that, it’s predicted, will return to its bedrock conservative roots on election day 2019. The conventional wisdom is that Albertans are solidly…

The fundamental flaw of populist politics

The populist trinity of direct democracy – initiative, referendum and recall – is incompatible with the Canadian political system

The fundamental flaw of populist politicsThe recent Robyn Luff controversy in Alberta illustrates two much broader issues. One is that this MLA, like many Canadians, doesn’t understand how the Westminster-style parliamentary system works. The other is the remarkable persistence of the notion that MLAs are merely delegates of their constituents. Luff, the Calgary-East MLA, complained about being forced to toe…

Second line of O Canada should read “Our home on native land”

One small change to the words of O Canada will remind us of our historic debt and help facilitate broader knowledge of Indigenous issues

Second line of O Canada should read “Our home on native land”The catalogue of injustices experienced by Canada’s Indigenous people is long and tragic: residential schools, missing and murdered women, and high incarceration rates, to name just a few. Reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report on residential schools is a gut-wrenching reminder of just one of the catastrophes they have survived. Against this backdrop, the…

Let’s be honest: consumers are the main contributors to climate change

Governments are unwilling to curb consumption, the main driver of the economy. So it is up to each of us to become more thoughtful consumers

Let’s be honest: consumers are the main contributors to climate changeThe euphoria in Paris in 2015, when 196 countries agreed to address climate change, was palpable. It should have been bottled. Since then, despite the United Nation’s annual COPs (Conferences of the Parties) on climate change, very little progress has been made. After COP23 in Bonn, Germany, last month, disappointment, particularly among civil society groups,…

High noon at the Senate

The sleeping giant has only just started to twitch. If that giant is fully awake, the consequences for democracy could be disastrous

High noon at the SenateIs Justin Trudeau a pyromaniac? He set the match under Liberal senators in 2013 when he expelled them from his caucus and set the Senate alight. It is truly ablaze now. Hell hath no fury like Liberal senators scorned. Some observers hailed Trudeau's action as bold and brave, but opponents saw it as a way…

Electoral reform by any other name is still progress

Relax party discipline to dent the iron control of a majority government, forcing it to make compromises and behave less like a dictatorship

Electoral reform by any other name is still progressCALGARY, Alta., April 23, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Start talking about parliamentary reform at a cocktail party and watch everyone melt away. But despite being an eye-glazing topic, there are good reasons why Canadians should take interest. The Liberal government proposes changes to House of Commons procedures to create “greater accountability” and to “empower members to more fully…

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?

The botched electoral reform initiative and the access-for-cash mess highlight a growing disconnect between the voters and the Liberals

Is Trudeau’s warranty running out?CALGARY, Alta. Jan. 15, 2017 /Troy Media/ – Are Liberal voters suffering buyer’s remorse? Is it even possible following Justin Trudeau’s fairy-tale victory just over a year ago? A young and exuberant man with an appealing platform, a charming wife and family, the prime minister made waves during the election campaign and beyond. A refreshing change from his…

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – way

Wildrose's attack on equalization payments is based on a skewed view of the program and a lack of respect for the true Alberta perspective

Sharing the wealth is the Canadian – and Albertan – wayCALGARY, Alta. Oct. 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ – It’s déjà vu all over again. Equalization payments are under attack by Alberta's Wildrose Party. It’s an easy target because while the intent of the program is clear, the process for calculating payments is not. Equalization payments are made out of federal tax revenue, not provincial revenue, collected…

Cracking open Canada’s health-care oyster

Court case in B.C. will force us to look with real clarity at our health system and how it measures up to others around the world

Cracking open Canada’s health-care oysterCALGARY, Alta. Sept. 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Many Canadians have blind faith in the health-care system, warts and all, but it would be preferable if it was grounded in knowledge. Economists say that standard economic models don't apply to health care, since it exemplifies market failure. And there certainly is no free market at work in European countries that permit…

Putting proportional representation to work

The implications of introducing proportional representation to Canada

Putting proportional representation to workPart 3 in our series on [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/series/electoral-reform-explained/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]electoral reform[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. April 14, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canadians want greater congruence between votes and legislative seats. And we want better representation of women, minority groups and ideas in the houses of government. Those powerful incentives make proportional representation attractive. The main draw of proportional representation (PR) is…