Opinion-Policy Nexus

Trudeau showing skeptics he’s no featherweight

Published on Nov. 23, 2015 in the Waterloo Region Record.

These are still very early days, but so far Justin Trudeau is demonstrating there is more steel in his spine than many Canadians had suspected.

Will Europe rethink open borders after Paris attacks?

Published Nov. 18, 2015 in the Waterloo Region Record

As people begin to move beyond the hand-wringing, and "thoughts and prayers" stage of reacting to the bloody carnage in Paris, it is perhaps useful to examine the impact of the Nov. 13 nihilistic rampage on related matters.

Mandate letters a triumph for transparency

Published on Nov. 16, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

The “mandate letters” that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sent to his cabinet ministers are an amazing resource.

True tests are yet to come for new government

Published on Nov. 9, 2015, in the Waterloo Region Record.

The task of the journalist, as the late American columnist Walter Lippmann defined it, is to provide “a picture of reality on which the citizen can act.”

So what does reality look like now, after week one of the Justin Trudeau Liberal government?

24 Sussex Drive

Published Nov. 2, 2015, in The Waterloo Region Record.

What do we want to do with Justin Trudeau’s childhood home, 24 Sussex Drive?

Electoral reform could put an end to polling discrepancies

Published Oct. 28, 2015, in The Waterloo Region Record

One observation to be drawn from last week's election results is that the pollsters' estimates of the national vote were actually very good.

It’s time to call off Duffy prosecution

Published Oct. 26, 2015, in The Waterloo Region Record.

With the change of government, what happens to the trial of Senator Mike Duffy?

Opinion: Trudeau must move quickly on his promises

Published Oct. 21, 2015 in the Waterloo Region Record.

In business, it is said, a new CEO is strongest on day he or she takes over. The early days are the best time to shake up personnel, chop deadwood and impose new corporate objectives and strategies.

Polling increasingly difficult numbers game

Published Oct. 20, 2015, on Yahoo News.

What you expected to happen on election night depended entirely on who you asked and when you asked.

The NDP was within reach of forming government; or there was a dead heat; or the Conservatives were pulling ahead; or the Liberals were surging.

The numbers game is an increasingly difficult one for pollsters who try and gauge voter intentions.

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