The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Decision-Based Evidence-Making #nlpoli

The government’s “renewal initiative” is supposed to be guided by something called “evidence-based decision-making.” It’s right there, right after “affordable and sustainable public services” as one of five principles listed in the colourful little hand-out the government has been using as part of its “engagement” exercise. How odd then that so far the Liberal administration ...

The Disaffected Lib: How the Fearsome Become the Fearful

A Weapon of Weakness? How did we become indentured to a culture of fear?  Fear-mongering has become a modus operandi in today’s morally corrupt, visionless politics.  It is the stock in trade of authoritarians like our own Stephen Harper and it’s effective. The thing is democracy cannot thrive in the presence of a culture of fear. ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Harper government misled Canadians on environmental assessment “delays”: Study

New study confirms government misled public on Environmental Assessment ‘delays’ By: Sierra Club Canada | Press Release:  OTTAWA – A study published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences found environmental assessments triggered by the Fisheries Act prior to the 2012 omnibus bill were NOT taking too long to […] The post Harper government ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Who’s Running BC?

It has been a month of amateurish politics starting with the government posting the auditor-general’s job. Then this week the government backed down several steps to keep from ejecting the well-respected A-G John Doyle from his chair with an attempt at saving face by changing the legislation surrounding his appointment. As if they meant to ...

DeSmogBlog: White House Wants Industry Help To Choose Which Regulations To Kill

white house.jpg When the Obama White House begins adopting the same talking points as the dirty energy industry, something has gone horribly wrong with our government. But that is exactly what is happening today, with the White House apparently buying into the repeatedly debunked industry talking point that claims that government regulations are killing jobs. ...

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Canada’s Worst Government Body: Board of Internal Economy

The governing body of the House of Commons continues to fail Canadians on the important questions of transparency and oversight.  In his recent report, Michael Ferguson, the Auditor General of Canada, called for more transparency. But board  has “further limited public transparency over its secret meetings and decisions.” It meets in camera. Parliamentary code phrase for “secret”. The Board ...