Are election spending limits unjust?

Our system may be imperfect, but it is much superior to the disgusting free-for-all that is the American electoral process

Are election spending limits unjust?Download this column on election spending limits for your publication or website. Price starts at $8 Terms and Conditions of use EDMONTON, AB Jul 6, 2015/ Troy Media/ - If he were American, he'd be home by now. Former Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro, at one time Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, is in…

Greece is learning what giving up sovereignty really means

Absent its own currency and the ability to conduct an independent monetary policy, no country can be really sovereign

Greece is learning what giving up sovereignty really meansDownload this column on Greece for your publication or website. Price starts at $10 Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO, ON Jul 2, 2015/ Troy Media/ - As I write this, the Greek drama is at its umpteenth crisis point. Will it go over the brink this time? If it does, could it conceivably take…

P.E.I. ready to move to multi-party system

P.E.I. ready to move to multi-party systemTo download P.E.I. ready to move to multi-party system for your publication or website click here CORNWALL, PEI, May 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ - As the dust settles following one of the most interesting elections in recent P.E.I. history, interest is growing in moving away from the old the “first-past-the-post" system. While the vote in…

Proportional representation toxic topic in PEI

Both major provincial parties are against it because they know that in any election they usually win most of the seats

Proportional representation toxic topic in PEIPurchase Proportional representation toxic topic in PEI CORNWALL, PEI, Mar 16, 2015/ Troy Media/ - With an election call in Canada’s smallest province now only weeks away, advocates for proportional representation are using the opportunity to push their agenda forward. While the idea of replacing the “first past the post” system has been a tough…

Laurie Blakeman shakes up Alberta politics

Her decision to represent 3 political parties in the next election reflects the sorry state of democracy in Alberta

Laurie Blakeman shakes up Alberta politicsLaurie Blakeman shakes up Alberta politics is FREE to subscribers CALGARY, AB, Mar 15, 2015/ Troy Media/ - What Uber has done to the taxi industry, disrupting business-as-usual and causing an uproar, Laurie Blakeman is trying to do in the political marketplace. Her decision to wear three partisan hats in the upcoming Alberta election is…

Debating the role of government in Alberta

Albertans need to ask themselves what kind of society they want and how government can, and can’t, help them achieve it

Debating the role of government in AlbertaDebating the role of government in Alberta is FREE to members CALGARY, AB, Feb 11, 2015/ Troy Media/ - It’s no secret that, barring a sooner-than-expected and sustained upswing in oil prices, Alberta’s provincial government won’t have enough revenue to cover its expenditures next year. The shortfall could be as much as $7 billion. Does…

Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in Alberta

Why the Green Party of Alberta won’t run against Liberal and ND incumbents in the next provincial election

Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in AlbertaDownload Massive legislative majority deadly to democracy in Alberta CALGARY, AB, Feb 4, 2015/ Troy Media/ - The Alberta Green Party decision to refrain from running against ND and Liberal incumbents in the next election – which is widely expected to take place this spring – was a no-brainer. As Postmedia columnist Don Braid recently…

Is democracy even that great of an idea?

The real strength of democracy lies in its ability to remove bad leaders

Is democracy even that great of an idea?EDMONTON, AB, Apr 23, 2014/ Troy Media/ - On April 10th, the House and Senate committees held their final readings of Bill C-23, An Act To Amend The Canada Elections Act. On hand were Laurie Hawn, MP for Edmonton Centre, supporting the government's claim that the new bill will help them combat voter fraud, and…

Criticisms of the Fair Elections Act not valid

The job of the Chief Electoral Officer is to serve Parliament, “not the other way around”

Criticisms of the Fair Elections Act not validCALGARY, AB, Apr 18, 2014/ Troy Media/ - Three major criticisms have been directed against Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act (FEA). None is valid. First, critics object to eliminating vouching, whereby a citizen with valid ID assures a polling official that somebody else lacking valid ID is eligible to vote. In 2011, 0.96 per…

First Nations but second tier democracy

How can a government that stands up for electoral rights abroad stay silent about exclusionary laws at home?

First Nations but second tier democracyVANCOUVER, BC, Apr 15, 2014/ Troy Media/ - The concept of “democracy” is important to many Canadians. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has received awards identifying him as a “champion of democracy, freedom and human rights” and the government has frequently spoken out against democratic violations in other countries. Here at home, there has been a…