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The Road Back to Responsible Government


Trying to understand the whole SNC affair led me to the book Irresponsible Government: The Decline of Parliamentary Democracy In Canada. For those of us who want to understand what is happening in the ‘Ottawa Bubble’, as well as wanting a democracy that truly represents taxpayers, this fact-based, easy to read book is a gift.

Most everyone will know the name of Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould. Author Brent Rathgeber, a retired Conservative MP, may not be as familiar. In June of 2013 Brent left the Harper Conservatives to sit as an Independent. He was quoted as saying, “No unelected pipsqueak from the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) is going to tell me how to vote”.

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Tipping Points And Labour Negotiations


As we read the reviews of the riots in Paris over higher taxes, and read of accounts of Facebook employees turning against their CEO, we are once again reminded of the fact that there are tipping points in corporations and similar points in governments, which, when reached, cause people to respond in unexpected ways.

As we view our own culture we realize that a significant percentage of employees today are part of the labour movement which is unionized. There is the expectation of always receiving more and more in any labour negotiations. Governments, which are stewards of the funds and resources of this society, often act as if there is no limit to such funds, and that they can use their taxation powers to cover any increased contract demands.

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Thoughts on the Future of Churches


Your point about the decline of churches (Rants, Raves & Rumours column, March 14 print edition) is well taken, and by and large it is true.

Although some churches are thriving and growing there is a general indifference across this country to the role of religion in people's lives. The fundamental cause is not hard to find because it echoes the trends throughout history.

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