Seen and Heard: Politics & Policy in the PMO

Alexa Greig “I’m here because we were fired by the voters,” noted Sean Speer, in his opening remarks. Beside him, Chaviva Hosek nodded knowingly. Later in the discussion, she matter-of-factly added: “All democratic governments lose elections, thank god. They have to.” These quotes reflect the candid nature of a recent conservation with two people who…

Red Room Renovations: A Primer on Recent Reforms to the Senate

Alexa Greig It seems as though it was just yesterday when the Senate was facing its latest existential crisis. Canadians were frustrated by widely-publicized scandals related to the eligibility of living and travel expenses for Senators, which renewed public questioning of the quality of Senate appointees and the legitimacy of the institution itself. The Senate,…

Keeping our House in order: How the Speaker of the Commons is Chosen

Alexa Grieg The night of October 19th, 2015 was a big one for Canadians. Many outstanding (and longstanding) questions were answered. Did voter turnout finally increase? A whopping 69.1 per cent of eligible voters exercised their democratic right to vote, the highest turnout in a Canadian federal election since 1993. Did we elect a new…

Seen and Heard: University—Rosedale Federal Candidates Meeting

Alexa Greig According to a United Way report released earlier this year, household income inequality is widespread across the country, but the gap between wealthy and poor households in Toronto is doubling the national pace. Between 1980 and 2005, income inequality in Toronto grew by 31 per cent compared to a 14 per cent increase…