Babel-on-the-Bay: Take no solace in bad governance.

Did you hear that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is staying in her job? We were in Ottawa last week during the bye-election in Ottawa-Vanier. It was no surprise that the Liberal candidate won. These are happy days in Ottawa. The malaise at Queen’s Park appears distant and of little consequence. Yet these are the drabbest ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Party is Over?

The good news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. The bad news is that we are doing away with organized political parties. And one or both of these statements has the seeds of a problem in it. The bad news is that non-political people with very large egos and lots of ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: It’s the leadership, stupid!

Martin Regg Cohn of the Toronto Star is usually a quite astute observer of Queen’s Park and the political machinations there. What we did not know about him was that he considers himself something of an economist. If he is not an economist, why would he suggest that the Wynne government in Ontario was right ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Breaking in the new POTUS.

POTUS is what the U.S. Secret Service, who are charged with protecting the President, call the President of the United States. The service has a long tradition of doing that job. It is a job that can involve four years of excruciating boredom and three seconds of horror. It is a job that has been ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The devil is in the details, Ms. Wynne.

The Ontario government’s water torture continues. There has been a reluctance to write about the so-called ‘reforms’ in political fundraising until we knew more of the details. We are still waiting. The Wynne Liberals like to dribble out their giving in to the inevitable over multiple news cycles. And the hypocrites in the opposition parties ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The glass house of Ontario’s Conservatives.

Somebody in the Ontario Conservative party is going to have to take Ottawa-Vanier PC candidate André Morin aside and read the riot act to him. The guy thinks he is lawman Wyatt Earp. He actually describes himself as an anti-corruption and ethics expert. And that is the last thing PC leader Patrick Brown wants in ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The rise of the exurbanites.

Trump reached for it in America and the exurbanites coalesced behind him. With these new rural voters who have fled the cities and in sync with the traditional American Gothic farmers, he dominated state after state. These people resent and fear our conglomerate cities, the liberal attitudes they promote and the crush of the ethnic ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Watching Justin suck and blow again.

One of our favourite progressive bloggers is on the West Coast and he likes to refer to Prime Minister Trudeau as ‘le Dauphin.’ He actually wrote that the Dauphin’s announcement of a $1.5 billion fund to upgrade responses to tanker and oil spills on the Pacific coast was a good start. Start at what? The ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Our electoral discontent?

There was an item among progressive blogs the other day that said Canada needed to change how it votes so that what happened in the U.S. did not happen here. The writer seemed confused by the way Americans elect their President. The reality Tuesday night was that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: People are not lab rats.

There is no question but that we have a high regard for former Senator Hugh Segal. But for God’s sake Hugh, you have got to stop treating people as laboratory rats. They do not and we do not need another damn test of how little people can live on. And why would you ever get ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The Trump Travesty.

The Bastille has fallen. The Reign of Terror will soon begin. The tumbrils will roll in Washington. President Obama will keep that stiff upper lip as the patricians of politics are dispatched. Donald Trump will not be the first incompetent in the White House. He is just the most dangerous. Did you watch the vacuous ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lament for the late United States of America.

The unease set in early. While Americans were voting on Tuesday afternoon, we were sifting through public opinion polls trying to analyze what was wrong. Donald Trump was acting unusual. We assumed it was either the stress of the campaign or heavy doses of Valium. After all, how much experience at this did he have? ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: It is Premier Wynne who should resign.

Anyone with an understanding of the political situation at Queen’s Park must know that the chances of anyone being convicted over the possible bribery in the Sudbury bye-election is unlikely. It is obvious that the Ontario Provincial Police are wary of charging the real perpetrator. And the people charged are merely dupes. Is there a ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: When a tax is a better answer.

Canadians have not really joined the dispute between carbon tax and ‘Cap and Trade’ yet. It is of increasing importance that they do. And while nobody really wants to choose taxes over industrial deals, there are good reasons for us to choose carbon taxes. The primary reason why a carbon tax is the best answer ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: We might be wrong about Donald Trump.

Watching Donald Trump over the past year has been fascinating. Our first struggle was with our own preconceptions about politicians and political races. What we had to resolve in our own mind is that Trump is neither a politician nor running a political campaign. It was in coming to this premise that we felt he ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Those who forget the past…

Those who forget the past are going to screw up our future. Those are not the exact words of the old cliché but they certainly fit. This occurred to us the other day when Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced the Trudeau government’s solution to cheaper air travel—let foreigners own a larger share of our airlines. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Public-Private Partnerships revisited.

Canadians have had limited experience in public-private partnerships over the years and while one government can launch a public-private project it only takes the next government to destroy the value achieved. The two projects (other than the Canadian Pacific Railway) that immediately came to mind listening to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s elite panel report last ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Revisiting electoral reform.

As the special commons committee on electoral reform finishes hearings and prepares to enter into its deliberations, there is a sense of deja vu. Canadians in six provinces have already had a variety of commissions and citizens’ forums study different voting reforms. British Columbia, Ontario and Prince Edward Island have had votes in which the ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Donald Trump: Parsing the Phenomenon.

You can hardly be a political maven and not want to delve deeply into the political phenomenon of Donald Trump. He challenges the experience and intellect while he corrupts the political scene. We have written so much about him over the past months that some readers have been referring to our Trump commentaries as rants. ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The drip torture by the Wynne government.

Maybe they think they are too classy for simple water torture or boarding. The Ontario Liberals are inflicting an alcohol torture on the poor consumer. First, you have to find out which super grocery stores have just beer and cider or wine and beer or just a kiosk for plonk. There are now 67 out ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Clinton needs to fire the FBI guy first.

Donald Trump has found his roar back. It is the brass ring of political campaigns for losers. His mantra of “Corrupt Hillary” has been brainwashing his supporters for months. With the inept help of the Director of the FBI, he is now putting legs on the mantra. When you read the actual letter the foolish ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The silence of Trudeau’s lambs.

You wonder what a writer such as Thomas Harris (The Silence of the Lambs) would make of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s most recent elitist appointments to the Senate of Canada. What is really different in this circumstance is that these people are reported to have actually applied to be appointed. It is a strange type ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: You get the best C.R.A.P. from the Trump team.

Some readers who have followed our commentaries for several years will have fond memories of the Crappie Awards. We do not give out these awards frivolously. They are reserved for particularly egregious political pronouncements to the media—mainly in the category of Consolidated Reports on Approved Policies (CRAP). But today’s Crappie award goes to a Kingston, ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: The losers are lurking.

It must be Halloween in the air. Losers from the last federal election are gathering. There will be a provincial election in 2018 and the Conservative losers from the last federal election are jockeying for nominations in provincial electoral districts. The first of these Conservative nominations was for the upcoming bye-election in Niagara West-Glanbrook and ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Rethinking political communication.

Read something the other day that said young people ignore political pamphlets. What was new about this puzzled us. If it looks like a political pamphlet, it deserves to be ignored. We have been redesigning and creating new forms of communication for politicians for many years. Communications have to be written for the audience, not ...