Northern Reflections: The Sun King And His Chief Courtier

Michael Harris writes that the Sun King is now ensconced on the shores of the Ottawa River. There he sits — amid his munificence, surrounded by sycophants, who are eager to do his bidding. Not the least of these is Peter Kent. But, by far, the Prime Minister’s most enthusiastic courtier is John Baird. He ...

Northern Reflections: While We Were Sleeping

Some pretty fundamental — and frightening — changes have gone on while we were sleeping. The voter suppression scandal is only the latest in a long list of abuses which have flourished under Stephen Harper. Michael Harris catalogues them: How quickly and efficiently Canadian democracy has been soundproofed. By turning the committee system into a ...