Category Archives: Politics

Affordable housing is never a bad idea. Or is it?

You know what’s wrong with good ideas?  They demand that we shed our preconceptions and act on a new premise.  You cannot with sincerity say, “what a great idea!” without next thinking, “we really ought to try that”.  Because of that compulsion to act, the best ideas often remain undeclared, are politely ignored, or are…
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running off in all directions

Last Sunday, The Toronto Sun told us everything we need to know about how the 2018 mayoral race will be conducted.  Go straight to your parakeet cage and tell Petey to hop up on his little trapeze so you can extract the paper, take it to the balcony, shake off all the dried turds and…
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a different kind of mayor

To choose Jennifer Keesmaat as the next mayor of Toronto, you would ordinarily compare her virtues to her rival, John Tory.  But these are extraordinary times.  Despite a roaring economy, Toronto’s government was already in a delicate condition and is now under full siege. The newly elected Premier has some scores to settle against a…
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proportional representation by age

I was vacationing in Lisbon while Ontario was electing Doug Ford.  Because of the time difference, I couldn’t stay awake for final results. In the morning I suffered the usual post-election hangover.  The difference between the popular vote and the seat count was great enough for the losing side to talk about proportional representation. Indeed,…
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