Politics and its Discontents: I Come Not To Praise Flaherty

I have thus far avoided writing about Jim Flaherty’s passing for a very simple reason; it is difficult, if not impossible to keep separate his family’s personal loss with the man’s record as a politician. Yet two pieces I read in yesterday’s Star convinced me otherwise, and they allow me to offer my own views ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Troubled Canadian’s Mind

I have been a little under the weather the last two days, an illness that curiously began shortly after I had an unsettling thought about the federal budget. (I am sure there is no cause-and-effect between the two;)) Watching the numbers listed in the graphic, it occurred to me that for the average Canadian who ...

Politics and its Discontents: Guest Commentary: Why Tim Hudak Has Failed To Catch Fire

Yesterday I wrote an entry offering my opinion on why Ontarians are not embracing Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak as the economic messiah he purports to be. Fellow blogger ThinkingManNeil offered a concise and insightful comment on Hudak’s problem, which I am posting as a separate entry here: I think that another reason that Ontarians ...

Politics and its Discontents: Why Tim Hudak Is Such A Failure As A Political Leader

I realize that the subject of Ontario politics is likely of little interest to those residing outside of the province. Yet I can’t help but think that the dynamics at work here are not much different than anywhere else in the country, especially when one is talking about the qualities that make for an effective ...

Politics and its Discontents: A New Threat To Seniors

I think we are all aware, at least on an intellectual level, that the gift of a relatively long life comes at a cost: physical and sometimes cognitive diminishment, myriad aches and pains, both physical and emotional, and susceptibility to scams and unethical relatives. Sadly, a new endangerment is on the horizon. Former Ontario Premier ...

Politics and its Discontents: Liz Witmer’s Political Karma

As a survivor of the Mike Harris years in Ontario, I have very vivid memories of what was undoubtedly the most mean-spirited and incompetent of provincial regimes I have ever lived through. Their economic ‘strategy’ of slashing and burning, selling key assets such as the 407 to foreign consortia to conceal their colossal fiscal ineptitude, ...