The forever campaign: Have our politicians killed democracy by being too good at politics?

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By Joseph Heath

Every morning as I walk my children home from the bus stop, we pass a local high school. During the fall, the football team will usually be out in the field, doing sprints or practicing hitting the sled. The inevitable question arises: “What are they doing daddy?”

“Practicing football,” I tell them. “Take a look while you can,” I say. “By the time you’re my age, it’s very unlikely that anyone will be playing this game anymore.” Read more. Continue Reading →

Mood of the electorate worsens as perceptions about the economy deteriorate. – See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/mood-of-the-electorate-worsens-as-perceptions-about-the-economy-deteriorate/#sthash.sRZX4Fug.dpuf

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August 20, 2015

By Bruce Anderson & David Coletto

Feelings about the economy weakened sharply in the last month, and for the first time in our study going back to October 2013 more people say the economy is in poor shape than say it is in good shape. Only 33% think the economy is growing, while 64% think it is shrinking. If there is a bright spot in these numbers it is that the plurality say we are in a mild, rather than a severe recession. – See more at: http://abacusdata.ca/mood-of-the-electorate-worsens-as-perceptions-about-the-economy-deteriorate/#sthash.sRZX4Fug.dpuf Continue Reading →

Voter’s guide to elections economics courtesy of Jim Sanford

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Economist Jim Stanford provides economic basics for voters during Consider This Live, part of the Drive Time with Dave Glover on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Jim Stanford is a Canadian economist and founder of the Progressive Economics Forum. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Cambridge University and a doctoratefrom the New School for Social Research. He is author of a column for the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail and a regular panelist on CBC. Continue Reading →