OPSEU Diablogue: Short Takes: Hillier’s remarkable labour conversion, the battle of the inequality authors and more

It is somewhat astonishing to see PC Randy Hillier vote against a Tory private member’s bill that would free construction giant EllisDon from a 55-year-old obligation to hire only unionized labour. This is the same Randy Hillier who, as the … Continue reading →

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Summing Up the Republicans

Good discussion about the current state of the GOP with respect to the primary race and hypothetical outcomes should a Republican become president, featuring David “Axis of Evil” Frum, New York Magazine writer Jonathan Chait and National Review editor Kevin Williamson. Towards the end of the conversation, Paiken wheels out this priceless quote from Mike ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Nation Maker

Richard Gwyn talks about his new book Nation Maker, the second volume about the life and times of Sir. John A. Macdonald covering the period from Confederation until his death in 1891. Not that they likely give much thought to the matter, but I wonder how present-day “conservatives” regard Sir. John A. as a political ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Debating the Debate

Not sure that anyone gives a toss, but here’s a panel of “experts” TVO rounded up to discuss who “won” and “lost” last night’s leadership debate. If nothing else, it’s always somewhat fascinating to witness how the impressions of people operating in these kinds of political “spin zones” are affected by their own predispositions and ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Ontario Election: Economic Realities

Another fascinating TVO discussion about the Ontario election, this time pivoting off some disparaging comments made several weeks ago by former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge in regards to political leadership with respect to prospects for the province’s economy… Dodge slammed all three Ontario political leaders. Each, he warned, is promoting “impossible” economic plans ...

Red Tory v.3.0.3: Paul Martin on the Economy

Some sober reflections on the present state of the global economy by the former Prime Minister. Not a lot of insight beyond the obvious, but Martin does provide some sound advice regarding the current sovereign debt crisis in Europe (that he correctly surmises would be politically untenable). As for the inevitable “what would you do ...