My blog: feel free to steal this button!

Social Bookmarking Services



Past Blogs
Current Blog

My RSS 2.0 Newsfeed

My RSS 2.0 Newsfeed

My YouTube Channel








The Agenda with Steve Paikin

The Huffington Post


Oxford University alumni

St Edmund Hall, Oxford alumni

United Nations University alumni

The Royal Society of Arts

The Royal Asiatic Society

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

UNICEF Team Canada

Governor General's Horse Guards Cavalry Squadron

MGB Roadsters

United Nations Children's Fund

Amnesty International Canada

Creative Commons

PGP Public Key

Friend of a Friend Protocol


May 2007 Blog Archive

My archived blog articles for May 2007 are below. You can also click the respective links for my current blog articles, my featured blog articles, and my complete blog archives.

The Friendly Dictatorship Revisited
07 May 2007, 15h35 EDT (GMT-4)

TV Ontario's The Agenda
The Agenda on TV Ontario
Click logo for vodcast

Democracy is founded upon the conviction that the wisdom of society lies with the many and not the few. In this context, the massive centralisation of power in the PMO, under a succession of Prime Ministers of varying political hues, undermines not only the efficacy but also the legitimacy of the Canadian state.

Steve Paikin and The Agenda assembled a panel to examine what impact the minority parliament has had on the impulse to amass ever more power at the centre: Jeffrey Simpson, of the Globe and Mail; Norman Spector, Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff; Janice MacKinnon, Roy Romanow's Minister of Finance; and myself.

I was surprised that my colleagues on the panel seemed less alarmed by the steady concentration of more and more power in fewer and fewer hands. In my view, the greatest guarantor of liberty and good government is an engaged and sceptical populace standing between its leaders and the levers of power, but this is clearly not a universal sentiment.

An audio file of the full panel discussion is available variously at my Television page, my iTunes vodcast, and via subscription to my RSS newsfeed.



Privacy Policy
Akaash Maharaj - Breaking News


Remembering Desmond Tutu


My article in the Globe and Mail

Television appearances

TVOntario’s The Agenda

Reflecting on the life of Queen Elizabeth II

Radio interviews

United Nations

My address in the UN General Assembly Chamber

Published articles

Testifying at Parliament

My testimony on regulation of social media.

iTunes Podcast
My YouTube Channel
My Twitter Tweets
My Facebook Profile
My Instagram Gallery
My Clubhouse Profile
My Flickr Photo Album
My LinkedIn Profile
My Tumblr Page
My RSS 2.0 Newsfeed