Opinion-Policy Nexus

First Nations' Financial Reporting and Public Opinion in Canada

Dr. Jason Roy and I recently completed a study on this topic for the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.  The FCPP gave us some money to buy a sample and conduct a wording experiment on the effect of different levels of financial disclosure by Indigenous governments on public opinion towards Indigenous politicans and governments.

Beating a dead horse because I get letters!

Ok, you are probably sick of reading about my complaints re: regulation 274.  But I received yet another anonymous letter, this time of a newspaper clipping in which a number of anecdotes are underlined about alleged nepotism in teacher hiring in the past (and hence why we need seniority).

The Trouble With Hillary: an old-style pol in a pantsuit

"Look, I know how hard this job can be. That's why I know Hillary will be so good at it. In fact, I don't think there's ever been someone so qualified to hold this office" — Barack Obama endorsing Hillary Clinton

Even allowing for a soupçon of hyperbole, Obama is close to the mark. By conventional standards, Hillary is exceptionally well qualified to be president.

Are Trump and Clinton the best America can offer?

The United States national political conventions are early this year. The Republicans gather in Cleveland next week and the Democrats in Philadelphia a week later.

Out of these conventions will come the two candidates for the White House in November – one who repels most Americans (that would be Donald Trump, the Republican) and one whom most Americans do not trust (Hillary Clinton, the Democrat).

It’s an appalling choice.

Seniority is Fair

That's the last line in a letter I received today in the mail from someone who read my recent column in the Record on why regulation 274 is bad for teacher hiring in Ontario.

This letter I received today had no return address and no name attached to it and so it's completely anonymous.  That's been one surprise about this whole debate.  Lots of people seem to be for or against the regulation but many don't want to be outed in terms of supporting or opposing it! They prefer to do it anonymously, and this includes current and retired adminstrators and teachers.

The remarkable Tory welcome for Obama

It is generally a mistake to confuse style with substance in politics.

There are times, however, when style serves to highlight and reinforce substance, by imparting a sense of urgency and personal commitment to what might otherwise be passed off as a routine, everyday message.

A new model for making Aboriginal policy?

That's the title of a new piece that Zac Spicer and I have just published in the latest issue of Canadian Public Administration.

Click here to check it out!

Christopher Alcantara and Zac Spicer. 2016. “A New Model for Making Aboriginal Policy? Evaluating the Kelowna Accord and the Promise of Multilevel Governance in Canada.” Canadian Public Administration. 59 (2): 183-203.

Rating the odds in the U.S. ‘Veepstakes’

It is conventional wisdom in American elections, that vice-presidential candidates are rarely pivotal, and then only that a poor candidate (as with Sarah Palin) might detract from a campaign.

The most commonly cited exception would be 1960 when Lyndon Johnson helped Kennedy carry Texas, but even in that case his home state alone wouldn't have altered the result.

Opinion-Policy Nexus is a forum of opinion and commentary on topics related to public opinion and public policy. Views expressed in any blog entry are those of the author and do not reflect LISPOP's positions.

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