The Failure of Our National Discourse

If you’re like me and believe that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to the BC coast will never come to fruition (and I’m clearly not alone in thinking this to be the case), then you have to ask yourself the question: what’s next for Canada’s energy debate? Northern Gateway is trending because[…]

A New Voting Block? Fiscally Conservative & Green

There is an emerging, new demographic in Canadian politics that I like to refer to as Young Green Tories. But don’t be fooled by the moniker – they are neither traditional Conservatives nor Green party activists. Rather, they are young, multi-partisan, hard-green fiscal conservatives who could well develop into Canada’s new must-have voting block –[…]

The Absudity of the Pipeline Debate

“The real risk is not regulatory rejection but regulatory approval, undermined by subsequent legal challenges and the absence of ‘social license’ to operate,” Jim Prentice, (then) CIBC executive and former Harper environment minister, on the reality of National Energy Board approval for Northern Gateway. In the greatest non-shock of recent political history, the National Energy[…]

Tackling the Democratic Deficit

Just because you’ll never see my name on a ballot, doesn’t mean that I’ve quit believing in the importance of politics. (Though sometimes I’d like to fool myself into believing it doesn’t matter…thanks Toronto City Hall!) I vote. Always. And I’ll work to support candidates I believe in – across party lines. However, as we[…]

Reflections from the Campaign: Q&A Part 2

Part two of my favourite interviews with Charles Tsai: How would you describe your ideal environment? My ideal environment doesn’t just include the conservation of fragile beauty, complex ecosystems, and societal sustainability, it also includes a political equilibrium between environmental policy and economic policy. To me, this is an absolute must, for without political sustainability,[…]

Reflections from the Campaign: Q&A Part One

My good friend, colleague and mentor Charles Tsai – founder of Social Creatives and current innovation-driver at Ashoka Canada – is not just a great leader in his own right, but also a brilliant journalist, with a knack for asking great questions. Over the years, Charles has pushed me to reflect on the Spirit Bear[…]