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How election fraud looks in the 21st century

Oct 21 2018 — Robin V. Sears — When I was very young, allowed to stay up at my grandfather’s campaign headquarters because it was election night, the most astonishing sight was two grizzled old loggers swaggering in some time after polls closed. They would brag to everyone’s nervous amusement about how many times they had voted that day. With British Columbia’s archaic […]

This is no way to choose judges

Oct 7 2018 — Robin V. Sears — If some Canadian conservatives had their way we would adopt some of the procedures Americans use to select their higher court judges. Imagine, the scene before a Commons committee chosen to vet Canadian appeal and Supreme Court judges. The opposition MPs would be using the forum to embarrass the government, as is their job. The […]

Too many men still don’t get it

Sep 30 2018 — Robin V. Sears — Come now, gentlemen, let’s get one thing straight. The “Me too” movement has a male corollary. Let’s call it the “You, too!” movement. Membership requires that you accept that it is not a sexual predator’s right to decide when he is behaving badly. Anti-Semites no longer get to make jokes about Jews and claim no […]

Early federal election rumours build

Sep 9 2018 — Robin V. Sears — Liberal hawks, like those of a generation earlier, are heatedly debating a snap election call. Not entirely surprising, since have not seen a decade since the ’50s when a government has not been forced by events, or decided to seize a strategic advantage, and called an early election. The Liberal hawks’ arguments are getting stronger. […]

Some promises deserve to be broken

Jun 24 2018 — Robin V. Sears — Though they are more often smacked as pusillanimous deceivers, politicians can be pigheaded. As a result, many — more often on the right, curiously — like to brag “promise made, promise kept!” Some promises, however, deserve to be broken. Bob Rae soon abandoned public auto insurance when he was Ontario’s premier in the 1990s. Despite […]

Party leaders should never outstay their welcome

Jun 3 2018 — Robin V. Sears — A week from now we may have one party leader left standing, Premier-elect Andrea Horwath. Kathleen Wynne will almost certainly follow convention and resign on election night. Doug Ford may try to defy convention and struggle to hang on. Like Trump he may believe that the Ford Nation Party will be able defend him against […]

Messy campaign proves need for political reforms

May 27 2018 — Robin V. Sears — Well that didn’t take long! We usually wait a full election cycle before importing the best — and sometimes the worst — of American political craft into Canadian politics. Where cybercrime is concerned it appears to have taken less than a year. Donald Trump’s use of fraudulently obtained voter IDs, to the theft of data […]

Will facts matter in the campaign of 2018?

May 20 2018 — Robin V. Sears — In his passionate defence of a politics of values over tribes, Bob Rae said the most important was an acceptance of the importance of facts. He was being honoured last week by hundreds of Canada’s finest political leaders of all three parties for his contribution to public life. “Facts matter,” he concluded, “Our politics needs […]

What TV debate reveal about a candidate

Apr 22 2018 — Robin V. Sears — One of the deep regrets of Abraham Lincoln junkies is that his famous debates with Stephen Douglas, 160 years ago this summer, pre-date the invention of audio recording. Lincoln’s book length excerpts of the nine debates were so powerful they are credited with helping him win his presidential nomination.