Monthly Archives: July 2010

The Great Canadian Census Debate: The Economists Call It

It looks like we can call it a day on the Great Canadian Mandatory Long-Form Census Debate: the economists have weighed in, and they think the government’s wrong, wrong, wrong! Today’s Globe and Mail reports that 76 percent of economists … Continue reading

Posted in Census, economics

What the Census debacle can tell us about governmental accountability

Jeffrey Simpson nails it today when he notes that the scrapping of the mandatory long-form census is a “temporary triumph over ideology.” (Well, one can hope that any such triumph would be temporary, but I’m feeling pessimistic today.) This whole … Continue reading

Posted in accountability, Census

What lobbyists do

In addition to copyright, my academic work focuses on how policy is made in Canada, the United States and Mexico. Which is why I found this account of how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce operates, by James Verini in the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized

Loreena McKennitt’s argument from authority

I’m in the home stretch of finishing a first draft of my dissertation – today I have to cut half of my closely argued, heavily cited justification for using historical institutionalism to theorize regional integration – so I don’t have … Continue reading

Posted in Bill C-32, common decency

Confessions of an agent of foreign influence

I couldn’t agree more with beleagured Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) director Richard Fadden’s warning that agents of foreign influence walk among us. We certainly must be vigilant that Canadians don’t betray their country by coming under the influence of … Continue reading

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