Convention demands a referendum on electoral reform

Any attempt by the Trudeau government to do so without consent from the electorate may be unconstitutional because it breaks conventional practice

Convention demands a referendum on electoral reformThe Trudeau government wants to change the way Canadians elect their federal government, apparently without first specifically consulting Canadians via referendum. Yet with less than 40 per cent of the vote last election, it has no mandate to transform the oldest practice of Canada’s democracy. Any attempt to do so without consent from the electorate…

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trial

Facebook – and Twitter in particular – facilitate a sort-of mob mentality online

Judge, jury and Twitter in the Jian Ghomeshi trialHave you ever worked on a trial, from start to finish? I have. When I did so, I was always amazed about how much information – how much detail – I would miss by simply stepping out of the courtroom to go to the bathroom. And that brings me to the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault…

When Khrushchev spilled the beans

60 years this month Nikita Khrushchev blew the whistle on (the safely deceased) Josef Stalin’s crimes

When Khrushchev spilled the beansIt’ll be 60 years this month since Nikita Khrushchev blew the whistle on (the safely deceased) Josef Stalin’s crimes. And while the revelations were no surprise to savvy observers, it was a punch in the gut for many true believers and fellow travellers, particularly in the West. What they’d fondly imagined as a Marxist utopia…
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