October 12, 2011

Civility in the House and on the Campaign Trail

By Fiona O'Connor
As Mia Rabson writes in today’s Winnipeg Free Press, all three provincial elections completed this fall have been “marred with overwhelming levels of negative advertising and political attacks.” While negative campaigning is just one factor influencing voter turnout rates and levels of civic engagement in Canada, Samara guest blogger Anne Murray tells us about several initia... [More]

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May 1, 2010

Why women give politics a pass

By Alison Loat
It's no secret that Canada does pathetically when it comes to electing women. Today, while receiving the EVE award at the Equal Voice/Canadian Club Women in Public Life lunch, Anne McLellan shared why she thinks this is the case. McLellan, a former cabinet minister and deputy PM (and, incidentally, an exit interviewee), is currently on the hook for finding more women candidates to run for her pa... [More]

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April 27, 2010

The changing political and media order?

By Alison Loat
Two piece this past weekend for those interested in the ways in which politics and journalism intersect in our 2.0 world.  Both have that "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" air about them. First, from the New York Times magazine, a profile of the author of Politico's agenda-setting Playbook.  This early morning email tipsheet is what "some of America's most influent... [More]

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March 10, 2010

Brain candy, of a politically emotional type

By Alison Loat
Recently back in the big smoke after my annual in-person visit to Question Period, I can assure everyone that emotion - real and contrived - is alive and well in Canadian politics. For those interested in exploring emotion and public policy in a slightly more, shall we say, detached fashion, next Tuesday evening, March 16, there is a free public lecture on emotion and public policy at th... [More]

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February 24, 2010

Why I left the Senate

By Alison Loat
Evan Bayh, the former governor of Indiana and a U.S. senator since 1999, announced his retirement from the Senate this week, and penned an extremely thoughtful piece on why in last weekend's New York Times. The piece was about what ails the U.S. Congress, but its echoes reverberate up here, at least if one believes what one reads about Parliament these days. Concerned Canadians should read this p... [More]

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