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Andrew Coyne: When politicians ‘cross the floor,’ there should be a byelection — in some cases

Posted November 19, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

In truth we don’t elect MPs solely on the basis of their party affiliation — or there would be no need to elect MPs at all

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Andrew Coyne: Politics weren’t put aside during the Ottawa hug-out, they were just made over for the occasion

Posted October 23, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

What we have seen, then, is not the absence of politics, but politics as it should be — and could. There is no reason our politics must be so cheap or shallow

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I can’t wait for this election to be over

Posted October 22, 2014 by MGK

Over the past few weeks I have been very busy at Torontoist helping to write a lot of endorsements – including our mayoral endorsement of Olivia Chow, as well as a bunch of other city council endorsements – as well as liveblogging debates and I will presumably be liveblogging election night as well. All of […]

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We got trouble in River City folks!

Posted August 24, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Dear Readers; I should warn you from the get-go that this article will not be politically correct or even nice! It might even border on the racist and elitist according to some, but I am going to say things that need to be said! Ya see, these last few weeks is one of those periods […]

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Andrew Coyne: Anti-Harper hysteria is puzzling, but so is the total devotion of his supporters

Posted October 20, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Does the government of Canada look all that different, almost nine years later, than it did when it took office? Tough decisions? Which ones?

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Andrew Coyne: Frisky lame duck Obama has backed Harper into a bit of a corner on climate change

Posted November 14, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The officially stated policy of the government of Canada, recall, is to match whatever the U.S. does

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Andrew Coyne: Any ‘box’ the Tories have put the NDP and Liberals in is one of the opposition’s own making

Posted November 12, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

If they are prepared to campaign on raising the GST — or on borrowing more — they will be offering a true left-of-centre alternative to the Conservatives

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Andrew Coyne: Conservatives’ tax package with income-splitting corrects inequality

Posted November 5, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

While it is true that income-splitting disproportionately benefits those on higher incomes, that is not all there is to be said about it

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Andrew Coyne: Dissenters may try to dislodge Manitoba premier Greg Selinger, but it won’t be easy

Posted November 3, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Obviously bringing Premier Greg Selinger down is now very much in play. But it is a contest without rules or procedures, a war in the shadows

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Andrew Coyne: Now the federal deficit is gone, we can have a big fight over the surplus

Posted October 8, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The democratic thing to do now is to fess up about the needless deficits, and let the public in on the discussion about what to do next

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Andrew Coyne: Whether we choose action or inaction against ISIS, there will be risks

Posted October 6, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The myth, so prevalent, that all of the risks lie on the side of action — as if there were a risk-free option with a status quo of peace

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Andrew Coyne: As a work around to a true flat-tax system, you could do worse than Harper’s income-splitting benefit

Posted October 31, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Income-splitting is admittedly a workaround. The simplest way to tax similar households at similar rates would be to tax household incomes rather than individual

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Andrew Coyne: The flaw in Mulcair’s child-care plan — not all parents want their kids in daycare

Posted October 15, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

The assumption behind the NDP plan is that every child should be in a formal daycare centre: regulated, preferably non-profit, ideally unionized

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Andrew Coyne: Time to scrap property taxes and give cities power to raise their own income or sales taxes

Posted October 29, 2014 by Andrew Coyne

Andrew Coyne: The property tax conforms to no known principle of sound taxation, being neither fair nor efficient nor simple

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