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Maclean’s on the Hill: Catherine McKenna in the hot seat

An audio briefing from Parliament Hill on carbon pricing, electoral reform, and government transparency


 

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The Maclean’s Ottawa bureau sat down with Cormac Mac Sweeney to discuss this week’s headlines:

The Trudeau government unveiled its plans for carbon pricing — an announcement met with anger by some provinces and the federal opposition. Off the top of the show, we speak with Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

One of the members of the committee studying electoral reform is frustrated that people are writing it off. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May dropped by to explain why there is still hope.

The Liberal government is being accused of being more secretive than the previous Conservative government about the mission against ISIS. Conservative MP James Bezan spoke to us about the need for more transparency.

Who is Canada’s best Prime Minister? Maclean’s has published a ranking of the Prime Ministers, in which 123 experts scored every PM Canada has had. Who finished first? Where did Justin Trudeau and Stephen Harper rank? Maclean’s reporter Nikki Wiart is here to let us know.

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Highlights from last week’s episode:


Jason Kenney opposes a ‘values test’

Conservative MP Jason Kenney in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Photograph by Amber Bracken)

Conservative MP Jason Kenney in Edmonton, Alberta on Thursday, July 7, 2016. (Photograph by Amber Bracken)

After 19 years in federal politics, longtime Conservative MP Jason Kenney has taken off for provincial pastures. On his way out, he took a big parting shot at a former cabinet colleague Kellie Leitch. Kenney kicks off our show this week in an exit interview.


The perils of the selfie era

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau makes an announcement during an event in Bridgetown, N.S. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

How did a person of interest in a terrorism investigation get so close to the Prime Minister that he was able to wrap his arm around Justin Trudeau—and take a picture with him? A former RCMP Deputy Commissioner weighs in.


Cities face a housing crunch

Photograph by Andrew Tolson

Don Iveson. Photograph by Andrew Tolson

The fall session of Parliament has brought no shortage of federal funding requests. On top of the provinces demanding more money for a new health accord, and more freedom for a climate change strategy, Canada’s big cities want a massive cash injection for social housing. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson discusses the housing crunch for municipalities.


You’ve been Trumped!

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S. September 28, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters in Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S. September 28, 2016. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

You’ve been trumped! We speak with a documentary film maker about his new project, which is a doc about Donald Trump’s battle with a Scottish farmer, which is taken right to the presidential campaign

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Maclean’s on the Hill: Catherine McKenna in the hot seat

  1. The Special Committee will indeed be written off if it remains in entrenched partisan positions. Talking of Liz May, the Greens are so committed that they hauled some Green NZ MPs across the Pacific to boast the glories of the Mixed Member Proportional System.
    This is the system that does not know whether it is a winner-takes-all system, in its first x-vote, or a party spoils-sharing system, with its second x-vote. Italy got rid of MMP after parties like Berlusconi’s introduced “fake” parties like Forza Italia, giving the same party, under a different name, benefit of both a plurality and a party-proportional count.
    But the real point is that MMP is not just susceptible to fraud, rendering it a pseudo-proportional system. The inherent ill design of the system makes parties under MMP prone, (more or less, sometimes) to sweepstake drift.
    If that is not enough for you, the two x-votes are both prone to strategic voting, because of split voting between more popular candidates or parties, letting the less popular thru. Academics, like Annika Freden identified four main types of strategic voting in party list systems and their MMP hybrids.
    If that doesn’t bother you either, then you probably won’t mind that MMP is a doubly safe seat system with dual candidature. Lose your safe seat in a monopolistic single member district and you have another safe seat on a party list, immune from the elective intrusions of the voters.
    My 3 free e-books on election method are scattered with occasional wanderings in the labyrinthine illogic of MMP.
    Richard Lung.
    Website: Democracy Science. With links on my home page to 3 free e-books on election method:
    Peace-making Power-sharing; Scientific Method of Elections; Science is Ethics as Electics.

  2. A message to all the Canadian MSM, go on vacation until the 2016 presidential election is over, nobody is paying attention, not to say it’s not important news, but it’s not important enough to distract Canadians from the Trump Dog and Pony show.

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