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Ken Grafton

  • ‘Consultocracy’ and the not-so-new public management paradigm

    With the widespread proliferation of New Public Management policies across Western nations during the 1980s came massive deregulation, privatization of public assets, smaller government, tax reductions for the rich, and increased influence of business on government policy—implemented through political donations, lobbyists and management consultants.

  • Fear and loathing on the Conservative leadership trail

    Recent changes to the Conservative Party leadership election rules are designed to limit the candidate field to those with significant financial resources or friends in high places—otherwise known as generous corporate sponsors. In what some consider an “elitist” move, the Leadership Election Organizing Committee has upped the ante for aspiring hopefuls; increasing the entrance fee to $300,000.

  • SNC-Lavalin, Justin Trudeau, and ‘banana republic’ politics

    Prime Minister Trudeau holds the shameful distinction amongst prime ministers of Canada to be the first found guilty of ethics violations; and this is his second. Although he has also probably issued more apologies on behalf of Canadians than any other PM, Canadians are not getting an apology for this. Mr. Trudeau it seems, gets to decide when it is okay to break the law.

  • Is representative democracy actually democratic?

    The main difference between a participatory democracy and a representative democracy lies then in the distance between the people and the passing of government legislation. How great is that distance today in Canada? How truly representative is democracy?

  • Breach of trust, not contract: Why politicians are allowed to lie

    “How can you tell when a politician is lying? His lips are moving.” It’s an old joke, but exactly why do politicians lie so often? The truth is that politicians lie because it is perfectly legal to do so. While common sense may suggest that broken campaign promises represent breach of oral contract, the courts have consistently held that holding politicians legally liable for breaking campaign promises would have a “chilling effect” on government.

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