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21
Sep
In the middle of the long campaign

In the middle of the long campaign

As I write these words, it is 32 days to the October 19 federal general election. Since the election was called at the beginning of August, the electoral prospects of the three main parties have not changed all that much.

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07
Sep
Good bad books: Stories that reveal, stories that conceal

Good bad books: Stories that reveal, stories that conceal

Seventy years ago, George Orwell wrote an essay about what he called good bad books. Not canonical works at the summit of literary achievement that continue to speak to contemporary concerns and interests. Rather books with strong, melodramatic plot lines; vivid if stereotyped characters; inspirational or moral themes.

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24
Aug
Am I disenfranchised?

Am I disenfranchised?

No. Not literally. I have looked into the Elections Canada website and confirmed that I am registered to vote in the upcoming October 19 federal general election.
I do, however, experience a quasi-disenfranchisement in a North American society and culture that has for much of the past century become dominated by the motor car.

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10
Aug
We’re Number One? Really?

We’re Number One? Really?

Canadians used to see themselves as suffering from a collective inferiority complex. That is less true today. However, our growing self-confidence has not made us less prone to seek signs that we have a significant world profile.

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27
Jul
Two modest proposals for political reform

Two modest proposals for political reform

About 30 years ago, people at the old Halifax Press Club had a debate about which was the better patronage plum: the Canadian Senate or the position of Nova Scotia’s Agent General in London. That office, long since abolished, was ostensibly responsible for tourism, trade and investment promotion in Britain and Europe.

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