Category Archives: Politics


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 [...]

Legislating free votes

I have written a number of posts on that touch on the issue of whipped votes and MPs toeing the party line (for example, see here, here, her [...]

Politicians don’t understand the internet

As someone who uses the internet exhaustively, both as part of my work and for personal reasons, such as maintaining this blog, I am of cour [...]

Artificial preferences

There continues to be interest among many Canadians in the Alternative Vote (AV). Most recently the Liberal Party of Canada adopted a resolu [...]

Alberta 2012 Political Party Platform Comparisons

Please see the new post for the 2015 Election. As was the case during last year’s federal election in Canada, many people are now look [...]
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