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.
Rob Leone is currently researching the use of contempt motions at the federal and provincial levels of government in Canada.
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.
Rob Leone served as the MPP for Cambridge in the Ontario legislature from October 2011 to June 2014.
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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The Tale of Two Tim Hudaks
August 18, 2016
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 »
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
June 25, 2016
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
June 21, 2016
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?
May 20, 2016
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
April 25, 2016
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
April 9, 2016
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
April 5, 2016
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 »
It’s déjà vu in Ontario’s energy procurement
March 30, 2016
One of the issues during the gas plant scandal was how Eastern Power ever got the OK to build the power project in the first place. According to the Auditor General, and numerous media reports, the company’s financial position was propped up by a US-based hedge fund that charged exorbitant interest rates to Eastern Power on...Read More »
The perils of a “non-partisan” Senate
March 19, 2016
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made some appointments to the Senate, and the punditry has in been in full swing ever since. Admittedly, I am part of that punditry for I cannot understand what the proposed Senate reforms are supposed to accomplish. Throughout most of the Canadian Senate’s 149 years of existence, partisanship, which is defined...Read More »
- @paulisci That is the advice the Integrity Commissioner at Queen's Park gave all MPPs when I was there, and repeated it every year.
- RT @JustinTrudeau: Elsie Wayne served the people of Saint John with distinction as councillor, mayor, and MP. My sincere condolences to her…
- RT @Alex_Blanchet: Plaisir du jour: @EmmMacfarlane qui déconstruit les mythes répandus à propos des systèmes électoraux au comité sur la ré…