I have always believed passionately in the ideal of Canada as a just, pluralistic, and meritocratic society.
If we are to achieve this, I feel that all of us as citizens must
try to exercise responsibility over the course of national affairs, and
share in the authorship of the social contract that binds us together
and defines us as a nation. Democracy should be more than just a manner of choosing governments;
it should be a manner of governing ourselves. It is up to us.
My Televised Essays I presented a monthly personal essay on The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVOntario's flagship current affairs programme. My subject matter wanders as much as my attention, but always centres on the public good, from a progressive perspective.
My Articles in the National Press My political articles in the national press are part of my efforts to engage the broader public, to make a contribution to the national conversation, and to occasionally reach past the power of the few to appeal to the wisdom of the many.
My Address to the United Nations One of the most ancient aspirations of liberal democracy is to create a world where laws that bind the weak and the powerless no less bind the great and the powerful. This was the essence of my address in the United Nations General Assembly Chamber, where I spoke on behalf of GOPAC's worldwide alliance of parliamentarians.
University of Guelph Equine Public Policy Group The University of Guelph is the one institution with the standing necessary to call together Canada’s often-fractious horse community, to forge a consensus on our shared priorities and to help us achieve together what none of us can achieve apart.
My Conversation with Margaret Thatcher In my early days in partisan politics, I had a chance to compare personal political philosophies with Margaret Thatcher. Our conversation began with a chill in the air; it ended with our host mopping his brow.
To collaborate in any of my projects to advance the cause of liberal democracy, please drop me a note through my Volunteers page.