Bob Rae Teams Up with Matawa First Nations for Ring of Fire Negotiations

Creig Lamb These days, Bob Rae is a busy man. The former Premier of Ontario and Liberal Party Leader is doing more than your average political retiree, and I’m not talking about his induction into the School of Public Policy and Governance as a Distinguished Senior Fellow. Rae has assumed the position of Chief Negotiator…

Seen and Heard: SPPG’s Karim Bardeesy on Pioneering Policy Change

Navdeep Johal “Getting on the dance floor.” According to SPPG Instructor Karim Bardeesy, that’s what second-year MPP students will be doing in his and Professor Ian Clark’s course Leading Change and Getting Things Done. The hands-on class is designed around the central conceit of challenging students to undertake a project that affects real change in…

Report from the Field: The Ontario Liberal Leadership Convention 2013

Freshta Raoufi Kathleen Wynne’s victory has made political history as she becomes the first ever female Premier of Ontario. I had the privilege of attending the convention as a delegate, and knowing that I was involved in the process of electing Ontario’s first female Premier is empowering. The convention started off by paying tribute to…

Is Ontario’s Ensuing Fiscal Squeeze Salvageable?

Andrew Perez The Backdrop Ontario just can’t get a break. Once the economic backbone of Canada, the province was paralyzed by the global economic crisis that ravished the globe three years ago. Fast forward to January 2012: the province is saddled with a $16-billion dollar deficit and a rate of growth that is slower than…

Election 2011: A Realignment of Historic Proportions?

Andrew Perez By all accounts, it was expected to be a status quo election, and one that would produce an almost identical result: a third consecutive minority Conservative government. The punditocracy and media establishment – confident Canadians would remain apathetic – had already begun to chime in on final seat counts before the opposition had…