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Accountability and the Web

Trudeau Metre (sic, see note) is a new website that aims to hold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to his numerous promises. This website can be crowd-supported, like Wikipedia is, and can be updated in real time.

The Web is turning out to be one of the greatest innovations in terms of ensuring accountability for our elected officials. I hope innovations will continue, and people will find more and more creative uses of the Web to keep our government accountable for their promises.


Note: From my understanding a more accurate name for this website would be “Trudeau Meter”, with the -er spelling instead of the -re spelling, since even in Canadian English, a measurement device is named a “meter”.

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Remember Peace

This remembrance day, as always, Canadians will honour those that died in war. Just one hundred days ago, Canadians were fighting on the front lines of the First World War. Many died for our cause and our freedom.

Indeed there will be many Canadians who have grandparents and great-grandparents that perished during the war, and they will be remembered. But some of those people fought not for Canada, but for one of the axis powers. They no less deserve to be remembered for their heroic acts.

During it all, we must not forget that these men died for a pointless war. These men died because the European powers desired to compete instead of collaborate. The First World War pit heroes against heroes, and many heroes were lost from it.

Every remembrance day, it’s important to remember not just the lives of those who died—the lives taken by war—but also to remember the lives saved by times of peace. Long may peace last for Canada, and may peace come to those places who need it.

Thoughts on the Trudeau Cabinet, Part 1

On November 4th, Canada’s 23rd Prime Minster was sworn in along with his cabinet. In total, there are 31 members of the cabinet. Here are some of my (not very scientific, and completely unfiltered) thoughts for the top 10 by precedence.

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister. Young and inexperienced, but he may just be the one  that Canadians need to bring a real change.

Ralph Goodale

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. One of the veterans of the cabinet. He’s probably more conservative than the rest of the cabinet, but that will provide much-needed balance.

Lawrence MacAulay

Agriculture and Agri-Food. Agriculture and Agri-Food is important, but frankly he seems mostly like someone chosen just to have regional representation. After all, PEI only has four seats to choose from. However, he does have a lot of experience as an MP.

Stéphane Dion

Foreign Affairs. Probably the strongest member of cabinet. Dion was former leader of the Liberal Party, but he was not a very well-spoken leader, and so suffered in elections. However, he’s a smart and accomplished man, with a lot of experience.

John McCallum

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. He seems like a smart and accomplished man. He’s done a lot in academia and in industry. I don’t know how well his skills apply to immigration, but I trust he’ll be able to adapt.

Carolyn Bennett

Indigenous and Northern Affairs. I think it’s a PR problem that she isn’t from the North, or from a Western province with stronger indigenous presence. But I don’t think it’ll be a problem logistically, as she seems to be a very capable person.

Scott Brison

President of the Treasury Board. A Red Tory, having crossed over from the Progressive Conservative Party, I can see Brison being a fiscally moderate or right-wing voice from within the cabinet, and I think that’s a good thing.

Dominic LeBlanc

House Leader. I honestly think we could use fewer lawyers in government, and I don’t see what he has to bring to the table except regional representation.

Navdeep Bains

Innovation, Science and Economic Development. Personally, I preferred the shorter, less advertisement-like term: “Minister of Industry”. Regardless, he seems to have a decent number of accomplishments, and it’s good to see more first-generation Canadians represented in cabinet.

Bill Morneau

Finance. This is the big name, because his position is so important. He is very inexperienced in politics, but comes from business. I trust that his business expertise will help him do well at his job.