National Newswatch

Two leaders’ debates is more than enough

Sep 7 2019 — Mark Towhey — Justin Trudeau’s political opponents have seized on the Liberal leader’s decision to skip out on any debates beyond the two organized by the “official” debate commission. Anti-democratic! What’s he hiding? Give it a rest, I say. I’m with Trudeau on this one. Election debates are at the core of Canada’s great democratic traditions.

Mayor Rob Ford can’t lose for winning

Sep 3 2013 — Mark Towhey — How much democracy is too much? Toronto City Council has an answer. Last Monday, it decided a byelection to fill a vacant council seat is more democracy than the district’s 52,000 residents deserve, or the city can afford. At least, that is how the vote will be remembered a year from now. Because, that is […]