Tag Archive | democracy

Some Sober Second Thoughts on Senate Reform

Some Sober Second Thoughts on Senate Reform by Andreas Korfmann When governments propose changes to the way we do things, we as voters tend to examine and challenge their ideas in order to determine whether or not they are acting in our best interest. This is democracy at its finest. So why is it that […]

I have created a monster

I have created a monster by: Charles Cirtwill   Having injured my leg I was away from the office for the past few days. Coming back today, I seem to have unintentionally started a firestorm debate among my colleagues about, of all things, Senate reform. Now, don’t get me wrong, Senate reform is important and […]

Education reform starts with the average NBer

By Charles Cirtwill (This appeared as an op-ed in the September 4, 2010 New Brunswick Telegraph Journal) At some point each of the parties in the current New Brunswick election will dutifully trot out some language around education. But make no mistake, education is the thing, it is the hook upon which all other promises, […]

Measuring Democracy

by Bobby O’Keefe Last night the Halifax Regional Municipality’s 23 councillors and Mayor Peter Kelly had an extended debate over precisely how many of them should be debating these sorts of issues – along with cat bylaws of course. Many on the “reduce council size” side of the debate suggested there were too many people […]

Of Aid and Equalization

by Bobby O’Keefe I am amazed at how every time I hear a presentation criticizing aid to the Third World, I am reminded that you could replace the word “aid” with the word “equalization” and the third world country or region with Atlantic Canada and the presentation would largely make sense. The latest is a […]

Innovation in Policy Needs More Hardship

by Bobby O’Keefe As a follow-up to Monday’s post about the failures of government innovation programs, the mention of “hardship innovation” on a radio program over the weekend triggered another thought about why governments are rarely innovative. Hardship innovation is the name given to the ideas being born in the third world and other areas […]

Taxpayers are Angry – STAY that way

by Charles Cirtwill FINALLY, taxpayers are angry. MLAs double dipped or purchased things with taxpayer funds that were marginally or clearly inappropriate. MLAs put their own narrow interests ahead of the people they represented. MLAs acted, and indeed several reacted, in pure Dingwall style: ” entitled to their entitlements”. Now people are angry – they want the […]