The ‘Anti-Incumbency Tsunami’

[Ed: The opinions expressed are those of the author.] An anti-incumbency tsunami has ravaged North America in recent weeks. Voters both in Canada and the United States are turning out in record numbers to turf traditional career politicians in favour of political neophytes who have successfully tapped into a volatile electorate. Stylizing themselves as populists,…

In Praise of Strategic Voting: A Call to Action

[Ed: The opinions expressed are those of the author. The Public Policy and Governance Review does not endorse any candidate in the Toronto municipal election.] Outgoing Mayor David Miller has it wrong; now is not the time for idealism and now is not the time to vote for Pantalone.  By sucking it up and voting…

Politics 2.0 and the “Town Hall” Machine

In speaking with a friend last Sunday I found out about a tool that Rob Ford, a front runner in Toronto’s mayoral race, is using in his campaign. It’s an automatic calling device that dials 20,000 homes at the same time. If you pick up the phone, Ford invites you to participate in a telephone…