Northern Reflections: Justice On The Move

Donald Trump’s buffoonery can leave you in despair. But Michelle Goldberg writes, in The New York Times, that there is reason to hope: The Democratic landslide in the midterms proved that the laws of political gravity haven’t been suspended; Trump’s incompetence, venality and boorishness had electoral consequences. Further, it was

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Northern Reflections: Republican Rigging

Republicans have been rigging elections for decades. But, after the November mid-terms, they’re on steroids, making sure that Democrats don’t take control. E. J. Dionne writes: Not so the Republicans in Wisconsin. Having lost the governorship, they’re using a lame-duck session of the legislature to strip Evers of many powers

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Northern Reflections: Bridge Building

Robin Sears writes that the funeral for George Bush Sr. illustrated the difference between politics as bridge building and politics as a zero sum game: George Bush, Brian Mulroney, Jack Layton, Justin Trudeau each understood the importance that bridge building means to successful party building, as campaigners. Donald Trump, Stephen

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Northern Reflections: Maladroit

One of Doug Ford’s campaign promises was to fire the CEO of Ontario Hydro. When he assumed office, he gave Mayo Schmidt his pink slip. That decisions caused a cascade of problems. Martin Regg Cohn writes: By pushing out Schmidt, Ford set off a chain reaction in the U.S. northwest,

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Northern Reflections: Ruled By Thugs

Yesterday, Bonnie Lysyk — Ontario’s Auditor General — released a two volume report, detailing where she believes Ontarians aren’t getting value for their money. She handed the Ford government an ammunition dump with which to attack Kathleen’s Wynne’s former government. Ford claims that the province faces a $15 billion deficit.

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Northern Reflections: Hot Air

On Thursday, the Ford Government released its environment plan — the one they claimed would be “better” than the previous Liberal government’s plan. Martin Regg Cohn writes: The premier’s climate-change strategy is certainly a change in direction: It scales back Ontario’s obligation to curb carbon pollution by more than 25

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