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Frances Russell

Inequality is bad for citizens, nations and the economy

Apr 23 2014 — Frances Russell — “The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, He made them, high or lowly, And ordered their estate.” – All Things Bright and Beautiful, Childrens’ Sunday School Hymn by Mrs. Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander, 1848. The overt and unashamed British class system embedded in that Sunday School verse sung by generations […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Why being elected doesn’t = accountability

Apr 23 2014 — Don Lenihan — In a recent column, Lawrence Martin argues that the right way to check the growing power of the PMO is to fill its top positions with members of parliament. I disagree. The real issue with the PMO is not over elected vs. unelected officials, but the abysmal lack of transparency in the system. These are very […]

Don Lenihan's Public Voice(s)

Populist or elitist: Can the Harper Government be both?

Apr 19 2014 — Don Lenihan — Is the Harper Government populist or elitist? Colin Horgan thinks they have run out of ideas so they are turning to populism. Linda McQuaig finds the talk of populism odd. They are, she insists, deeply elitist. So which is it: populist or elitist? Horgan borrows his definition of populism from Andrew Coyne, who says that it is “about […]

Colleen M. Flood

Why medical tourism is not the answer

Apr 14 2014 — Colleen M. Flood — Medical tourism is not a ‘cash cow’ but a ‘many-headed Hydra’ So it looks like the ‘magic bullet’ solution has been found at last to cure Canada’s health care woes: medical tourism.  Last week, Toronto’s Sunnybrook hospital defended its position to court affluent medical patients from other countries who can afford to pay generously for […]

Frances Russell

The Fair Elections Act Is Unconstitutional, Legal Experts Say

Apr 9 2014 — Frances Russell — Three constitutional lawyers say the Conservatives’ proposed Fair Election Act is unconstitutional because it weakens public trust and confidence in the integrity of the electoral process. They predict it will face a constitutional challenge in court. Steven Schrybman, lawyer for the six voters representing the hundreds, if not thousands, of voters disenfranchised in the 2011 […]