Author: Barry Wilson

By the Numbers: Canada’s Election Math, More Disunity and Why Our Roads Are Awful

Now you know the truth.
The real reason that Justin Trudeau backed off on his key election promise from 2014.
The promise was to shake up the way we vote by changing our electoral system to get rid of “first past the post”: a system that worked fine when there were only two parties in Canada.
He did the math and realized that changing it to a more proportional and democratic system could mean trouble for Canada’s natural governing party, as the Liberals like to call themselves.

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The CAQ’s Stupid Language Crusade, Yes Virginia: There is a Problem in Our Police Force and A Juvenile Election Campaign

Enough. Enough.
I have had it with the language hawks who are doing their very best to make this into an entirely francophone city.
They are zealots who try to deny our existence and our right to live in peace in a place we were instrumental in building.
The recent “Bonjour-Hi” blowup again gives me pause to reflect on “why the hell do I stay?”
You might say, “oh but the premier said forcing people to speak French in private conversations won’t happen.”

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A Year of Living Dangerously, Singh’s Quiet Courage, and “Bye the Boards”

It was a year ago this week that Quebec voters sent the Liberals to the woodshed and the PQ into irrelevance.
And the Legault Caquistes have never been more popular.  
But that won’t last. Voters don’t stay in love forever.
Look at what happened in Ottawa.
The Trudeau Liberals had a heck of a honeymoon but now they are struggling to hang on to power.
Their wounds have been entirely self-inflicted and my guess is that the Caquistes will go down the same road.

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The Language Dogs Are Let Loose, The Iffy Game of Electoral Reform, Candid Camera for the Greens and His Time is Up

Here is something you may not know.
Why is the Cote-des-Neiges -NDG borough, the biggest in the City of Montreal?
Why were two very different neighbourhoods forced into a marriage that probably neither wanted?
The borough has, according to Stats Can, 166, 520 residents.
Nothing really comes close.
So why do we have this huge city within a city?
Language.

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