Thursday, February 6, 2014

Worth Reading – February 6, 2014

Irwin Cotler (LPC – Mount Royal, QC) announced his intention to retire, and that he would not seek re-election in 2015. Cotler is a great endorsement for career politicians. He is an expert in his field of law and human rights and has brought great weight to the these discussion during his tenure.

Martin Regg Cohn writes in the Toronto Star about dissatisfied New Democrats in Ontario. Andrea Horwarth (ONDP - Hamilton Centre) refuses to clearly embrace a minimum wage increase. Left-wing groups in Ontario were endorsing a $14/hour wage, and Horwath refused to publicly endorse the increase to $11/hour. Cohn classifies this as the ONDP becoming a populist rather than a progressive party. I’m inclined to agree.

Today was budget day in the Northwest Territories. CBC North summarized the budget as presented by Finance Minister Michael Miltenberger today. 

The so-called Fair Elections Act is a law the federal government intends to pass quickly and quietly this month and change the way our elections are run. Chantal Hébert speculates on the motivations behind these changes which will make it harder to vote, and reduce oversight. 

In addition the Conservative government intends to use time allocation to push the 242-page piece of legislation. This piece summarizes the bill nicely

Andrew Coyne writing on the effectively meaningless “Senate reform” Justin Trudeau undertook. 

Related to my post on Tuesday, former-Senator Hugh Segal writes on behalf of the basic annual income

Robyn Doolittle released “Crazy Town” this week detailing the journalistic investigation into Rob Ford, and in particular his drug use. If the rest of the book is like this preview chapter it must be an amazing read. 

From Spacing, Toronto, as a region, has about 6 million people. Cities the world over have great difficulty making the jump from 6 million into the next tier as their infrastructure reaches a limit. The author suggests that Toronto’s broken political culture and NIMBYism is preventing it from becoming aworld-class city

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