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The aftermath of scrapping the long-form census

Of all the damage the Stephen Harper Conservative government has done to Canada during its disastrous reign, perhaps its most bizarre and capricious act was the scrapping of the long-form census in 2010. The 2011 census was instead paired with an optional survey, and response rates plummeted to the point where the data is useless […]

My ideal for a reformed electoral system

I’ve written about electoral reform in Canada a couple times. It’s certainly a topic that interests me. Thing is, the only thing I’ve done in my previous posts on the topic is point out the problems. I never really detailed a particular solution. I’d like to change that.

Scott Vrooman for Senate

Following Canadian news can be a challenge and a half. Mainstream sources are easy to find, but about as reliable as a gauze condom. Alternative sources are a chore. Sometimes it takes a comedian to make sense of Canadian politics.

The stories we don’t hear: Michael Harris’s talk

I consider myself fairly non-partisan, politically. I’d vote for any party with a platform that was rational. There is no such thing in Canadian politics, of course, so I am forced to vote for the party with the least irrational platform, but I hold no strong attachment or animosity to any particular political party. All […]

Voting for pizza: electoral reform illustrated

So electoral reform is on my mind again – no, not for that reason, but because the next federal election is coming up. Last year I wrote a post for Canadian Atheist about electoral reform, and I was shocked and horrified to discover how little most Canadians know about the issue. My goal this year […]

On Canadian Atheist: Electoral reform

Everyone who follows Canadian politics closely knows how badly we need proportional representation at all levels of government. Atheists, freethinkers, and skeptics need it particularly badly. More details on Canadian Atheist.

The Paul Calandra way of answering questions

Paul Calandra, Conservative MP for Oak Ridges—Markham, has been parliamentary secretary to the PM since just September. In that short time, he made a name for himself as a nasty, dissembling thug who would respond to questions with deflections, attacks, and general non-answers – it got so embarrassing the Conservatives even stopped letting him answer […]

Comparing the York University case with the Québec Charter of Values

It was inevitable that the York University accommodation case would be compared to the “Charter of Québec Values” controversy. The PQ practically fell over themselves gloating, and saying, “See? See? We were right! This is the kind of controversy our Charter is trying to prevent!”