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Confrontation avoided, Parliament was at its best on C-14

Last week’s passage of Bill C-14, the new assisted-dying law, offers an example of how Parliament, on its best days, can work.

As we were taught ages ago in school, when the government introduces a bill in the House of Commons, the broad principles of the legislation are debated at what is known as second-reading stage, after which the bill is referred to a House committee for detailed examination. The committee may or may not make changes before the bill is returned to the House for third and final reading. It is then sent to the Senate.

Our new book! A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Relations in Canada

Jen Nelles and I have written a new book to be published by University of Toronto Press in August. The book is called, "A Quiet Evolution: The Emergence of Indigenous - Local Intergovernmental Partnerships in Canada." 

We produced a short video that summarizes one of the findings from our book.  

Nothing is straightforward when shopping for fighter aircraft

No one ever said government decision-making was easy.

Sometimes it is damnably difficult, as it is with Bill C-14, the assisted-dying law where Parliament is struggling to find a balance between public opinion and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Bernie Sanders’ ego trip is almost over

Now that the American Democratic Party's delegate selection process is essentially over, the canard that Bernie Sanders still has a path to the presidential nomination should be relegated to the realm of fantasy.

Indeed, given the Democrats' long standing practice of proportional allocation of delegates, the die was cast for this result a couple of months ago. Sanders operatives set up false expectations for their supporters.

A childish episode on the road to government arrogance?

The problem with majority governments is that political parties that are fortunate enough to have a majority tend to assume they have a mandate to do pretty much whatever they wish. When a majority of seats is combined with high popularity in the opinion polls – as is the case with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals – self-confidence can easily become high-handedness and arrogance.

Republicans should blame themselves for Trump

If I believed in conspiracy theories, I could make a case that Donald Trump's American presidential candidacy was part of a conspiracy to damage the Republican Party.

The problem isn't simply that many expect him to lose the presidential election, some recent polls notwithstanding, but rather there is concern that race will adversely affect down-ballot contests.

Will Tory convention produce any surprises?

Federal Conservatives will assemble in Vancouver next week in their first national convention since they fell from grace last fall and, according the hype on the party's website, "It promises to be one of the most exciting and closely watched conventions in our party's history — you won't want to miss it!"

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