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    We're in the home stretch for the American Election.  Check robleone.com for commentary and analysis.
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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 writes regular public policy columns for Queen's Park Briefing, a publication focused on provincial issues.
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On electoral reform, Trudeau says ‘the system is rigged… unless I win’

Ah, that Donald Trump! He sure knows how to get the media elites to talk about him every day.  He famously refused to accept the results of the pending US-election during the debate, and later clarified that by saying he’d respect the results if he wins. Here in Canada, the previous election was fought under the...Read More »

Want to grow an economy? Invest in Higher Education

The Council of Ontario Universities has launched a campaign to better understand the positive public benefit that universities have to the economic well-being of the province.  They have launched a web site and survey, which can be found at www.ontariosuniversities.ca. Once stories about the campaign hit social media, some professor-types I follow decried this as...Read More »

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 »
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