Category Archives: Politics


On the decline of Statements by Members

From the Canadian House of Commons Standing Orders: 31.  A Member may be recognized, under the provisions of Standing Order 30(5), to make [...]

E-petitions with 10,000 signatures will now get a response

In a written ministerial statement, Leader of the House, the Rt. Hon. Andrew Lansley announced that any e-petition which received 10,000 or [...]

Why Maher is wrong on Senate Reform

A recent column by Postmedia’s Stephen Maher argues that recent scandals involving senators might spur forward attempts to reform the [...]

E-petitions prove to be popular in their first year

A year after the launch of its e-petition site, the UK Government has released some interesting data which gives some idea of the popularity [...]

Quebec 2012 Political Party Platform Comparisons

As was the case during last year’s federal election in Canada, and the many provincial elections held since, many people are now looking f [...]

A closer look at federal revenues and expenditures by province

Given the keyword search activity on this blog, it is clear that many people are trying to determine how much a given province pays into the [...]

Fiscal Federalism: Federal Transfers to Provinces

(See this post for a closer look at federal revenues and expenditures by province.) When discussing the issue of federal transfers to prov [...]

A Short History of Equalization, Part 2

As discussed in Part 1, the equalization program was significantly overhauled in 2007. This was largely because it had become, in the minds [...]

A Short History of Equalization, part 1: 1930-2006

The Rowell-Sirois Commission In the 1930s, after several provinces had gone bankrupt trying to cope with effects of the Great Depression, th [...]

Equalization Questions and Misconceptions

(If you are looking for information about federal transfers to a certain province, or federal expenditures vs revenues in the provinces, ple [...]
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