Carbon Pricing: You’ve Got it Wrong, Mr. Falk

It is with great disappointment that I note that your party has decided to oppose the Liberal Carbon tax by portraying it as a tax grab. The government is saying this tax will be revenue neutral – that is it will not be an increased tax [tax grab] but a tax shift. There is nothing … Continue reading Carbon Pricing: You’ve Got it Wrong, Mr. Falk

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The True Power of a President (and the real reason to fear a Trump presidency)

From the start of the American presidential primaries last year there has been considerable talk of "establishment" candidates vs "outsiders" or "anti-establishment" candidates, talk that increased with every "establishment" Republican that dropped out of the race leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican nominee. On the Democrat side, the "establishment" candidate Hillary Clinton won out … Continue reading The True Power of a President (and the real reason to fear a Trump presidency)

Innovation in an Information Economy: An Open Letter to Navdeep Bains

To the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, Thank you for your commitment to serve Canadians by helping our economy to grow and develop. In accordance with your ministerial mandate, I'd like to offer you some feedback about a much needed area of innovation and development: the pay sources of … Continue reading Innovation in an Information Economy: An Open Letter to Navdeep Bains

Brexit and the Resurrection of Nationalism

Yesterday marks the end of an era. In World War II the world came together, but in brutal opposition and violence. Since then, or for the last 70 or so years, we've been very deliberately coming together in peace and trade. The League of Nations became the United Nations, and provided a new forum for … Continue reading Brexit and the Resurrection of Nationalism

Vote No to a Referendum on Democratic Reform

Update: CBC's The Current interviewed some experts on the subject of referendums in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum. They cover all of the same territory. You can hear the episode here. There's a certain logic to the idea that the issue of electoral reform should be settled by a referendum. After all, if we're … Continue reading Vote No to a Referendum on Democratic Reform

Talking About Climate Change in the Wake of Disaster

Canada is on fire. Fort McMurray is not the only place, but certainly the highest profile. The Manitoba-Ontario border is also burning, and there are hundreds of smaller fires across the country. My heart goes out to those who have been displaced by this; I can only imagine how difficult it must be, and I'm … Continue reading Talking About Climate Change in the Wake of Disaster

On Energy Investments

Pipelines are once again front-page news in Canada, with the pressure to approve Energy East and the Kinder Morgan expansion growing amid questions of how the new government will change regulation procedures. Is another investment in the fossil fuel industry really in the national interest of Canada? What Is At Stake: Jobs. This is the … Continue reading On Energy Investments

Terrorism and the Inadequacy of Just War

The election is over, but the Green Party Provencher Riding Association isn't going away. We'll be hosting an event every other month or so for the next four years, on topics that are relevant to the riding but are also tied to the Green Party of Canada's platform and policies. We're doing this because these … Continue reading Terrorism and the Inadequacy of Just War

The Challenge of Participatory Democracy

Last Friday was the final lecture in our six-part lecture series, and everyone who came was brilliant. I'm going to post my lecture here, but I want to highlight a few things first. I wrote this lecture to try to convince people to vote, partly because the topic of Participatory Democracy is a big one … Continue reading The Challenge of Participatory Democracy