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    Rob Leone would like to invite you to join a special guest lecture by former Senate Speaker Leo Housakos. Senator Housakos is a leading critic on the Trudeau government's plans for the Senate.
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    Rob Leone is currently researching the use of contempt motions at the federal and provincial levels of government in Canada.
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    Rob Leone has accepted an appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario.  He begins there in the Fall semester.
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    Rob Leone served as the MPP for Cambridge in the Ontario legislature from October 2011 to June 2014.
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    Rob Leone is passionate about family literacy.  Here, Rob is reading to children on Family Literacy Day celebrations in Waterloo Region.
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Closing the Numeracy Gap Should Be Ontario’s First Priority

Another school year begins, and more dithering on the province’s math education.  The EQAO recently released the standardized test scores from the previous academic year, and it has provided us with more evidence on the declining state of math education in Ontario. One of the most troubling statistics is the fact that nearly half of...Read More »

On Severance-Gate

Every time there is a quasi-scandal in Canada, we like to add the American -gate to it, as if to denote its severity.  I cringe at it, but surprisingly, on ORPP severances, we didn’t hear it. So, let’s call a scandal a scandal and call this severance-gate. The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan is no longer and...Read More »

The Tale of Two Tim Hudaks

I often get the question: who is Tim Hudak or where is the real Tim?  Most pundits thought he lacked authenticity. Some even called him robotic, or nicknamed him “Robo Tim.”  So perhaps it is worthwhile to share with readers the Tim Hudak I have known for years. The first ever conversation I had with...Read More »

Election finance bill a missed opportunity for Ontario politics

The question of buying influence in politics is not a new study.  It has long been seen as problematic that government decisions are based on a narrow set of interests based on who can buy access to political leaders by purchasing high priced fundraising tickets. The evidence has been mounting for some time.  Whether its...Read More »

Alternative to CPP enhancement is MIA

The Ontario Retirement Pension Plan is dead. The federal government forged consensus on enhancing the CPP and the Ontario pension plan is going the way of the Avro Arrow. We have no final tally on what this will all cost, but it will clearly be tens of millions of dollars.  The Premier says it is...Read More »

Doing the Cabinet Scuttle

Cabinet shuffles are a tried and true feature of parliamentary government.  The punditry will always make some assessment of winners and losers in a cabinet shuffle.  Nevertheless, we should view it as an essential tool of good governance and sound public administration. Because of a permanent bureaucracy, we enjoy the spectacle of cabinet rotation to...Read More »

Why the hell is it called #ElbowGate?

Good grief! #ElbowGate? Why do Canadians insist on using American terminology on these incidents? Anyway, when I saw the South African parliamentary brawl, I was envisioning that this scenario played out on Parliament Hill.  Or, I thought our MPs were trying out for the Blue Jays to replace all those suspended players from the Texas...Read More »

Leitch’s mea culpa part of the problem, not the solution

Dr. Kellie Leitch wants to be leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.  She’s been part of the party for a long time, and was part of the team that supported the Mike Harris Tories in the late 1990s.  Her pedigree being pretty solid, one of her major problems is the fact that most Canadians...Read More »

The NDP need a Bernie Sanders

How dare I suggest that the one thing the NDP needs right now is actually American?  It may amount to political blasphemy to suggest that the pro-Canada New Democrats need to rely so heavily from an American.  Yikes!  I’m not going to be able to walk the halls at work next week. However, take what Hillary Clinton is calling Bernie...Read More »

Ending Ontario’s US-Style Super PACs

Campaign finance reform is finally on the policy agenda, thanks to some enterprising journalism by the Toronto Star’s Martin Regg Cohn and other journalists from other media outlets that have jumped on board.  It amazes me that the straw that broke the camel’s back is the fact that cabinet ministers have to meet aggressive fundraising targets....Read More »
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