Let’s be clear: Sex ed in Ontario got a lot of consultation

Aug. 30, 2016 by

This needs to be said: it is simply wrong to state that Ontario’s new sex-education curriculum was arrived at without adequate consultation. I am glad Ontario Conservative leader Patrick Brown has finally come out and said he will not scrap

Brexit Debate Lays Bare UK’s National Fault Lines

Jun. 15, 2016 by

Last week in the United Kingdom, the first of two nationally televised debates on Brexit (the proposed British exit from the European Union) aired, with British Prime Minister David Cameron and U.K. Independence Party leader Nigel Farrage taking pointed questions

Lessons From Canada

May. 10, 2016 by

American President Barack Obama recently made headlines arguing against a leave vote in the Brexit referendum. Obama’s remarks were the second time in recent weeks the leave campaign was put on the defensive by a North American’s comments, with the

Building A Ship To Catch The Liberal Wave On Campuses

Mar. 7, 2016 by

In politics, there is always a balance in elections between hard work organizing in advance and the zeitgeist taking over. This is especially true in a “wave election,” like the one on October 19th. The metaphor commonly used goes something

Some Friendly And Free Advice For The NDP

Oct. 27, 2015 by

Here is some friendly, but unsolicited advice, for the NDP. As a leftish Liberal who joined the Party in 2011, believe me — I know how horrible losing feels. Worse, like the Grits in 2011 but for different reasons, this

The Power to Move the Soul

Oct. 20, 2015 by

When the federal election campaign started, months ago, I posted a photo on Facebook of Justin Trudeau in a scrum after an event at the University of Toronto. I helped organize the event, and I’m standing just behind him, with

Why the Liberals Should Be Campaigning on a Cure for Healthcare

Sep. 1, 2015 by

During the past number of months campaigning for local candidates, Canadian politics has perplexed me for a variety of reasons, but one reason stands out the most. Why is the Liberal Party not aggressively campaigning on a cure for healthcare?

You beat Donald Trump by mocking him: GOP can shut him down by making him Rob Ford

Jul. 14, 2015 by

Republicans have no idea how to handle Trump. There’s only one way — make him a laughingstock Sitting in a Long Island diner, then again sitting in JFK’s departure terminal and again when I arrived home in Canada, standing in

Forcing Women to Remove Their Niqabs Is Just Another Kind of Oppression

Mar. 12, 2015 by

In February, I sat in Victoria Station in London, England. A tall black man was shouting something, clearly drunk. I didn’t really pay him any attention. Then I heard the guy sitting across from me shout out, “shut the f-k

How Rob Keffer won in a landslide

Oct. 30, 2014 by

When I signed on to the Rob Keffer for Mayor team in July, we knew we had a fight on our hands. In a hypothetical replay of the 2010 mayoral race, Rob would’ve lost to Doug White by about 270

Should NDP trigger Ontario election? Just look to Jack Layton in 2005

Apr. 30, 2014 by

Sometime after Thursday afternoon, Andrea Horwath and her Ontario NDP will face a choice. Either they vote for the Liberal budget or they bring down a government they feel remains mired in the scandals of its former self. We have

‘Unfair Elections Act’ targets the youth Trudeau wants and Harper fears

Mar. 18, 2014 by

Getting youth to vote – or not to – is at the centre of two parties’ political strategy heading into a 2015 federal election. At the Liberal convention in Montréal, President Barack Obama’s campaign gurus were out in full force.

The Liberal debates are boring – and it’s not the candidates’ faults

Feb. 20, 2013 by

The problem with the Liberal leadership debates isn’t the number of candidates but the debate format. It’s past time for the debate organizers within the party to tier these debates and to surrender editorial control to a journalist, not a

Liberal party’s membership rules complicate calls for renewal

Oct. 17, 2012 by

In stepping down after 16 years as Ontario Liberal Party leader, Premier Dalton McGuinty spoke about renewal. That was the title of his e-mail to party memberships. “I’ve concluded,” he said in an emotional speech to caucus, “that this is

Liberals are too obsessed with the past. Justin Trudeau is the cure

Oct. 3, 2012 by

Partisans spend so much time in Canadian politics objectifying the past. At what point, in this country of so little history and too much geography, can history actually be history? Justin Trudeau seems the epitome of this retrospective, partisan pornography.

What Liberals can learn from Obama’s Democrats

Sep. 14, 2012 by

Has the Liberal Party of Canada finally developed a grassroots? And, if so, is this grassroots structurally focused to win local elections? There’s certainly a cautiously optimistic sense within the party. The move to allow ‘supporters’ (or those Canadians who