Sheila Fraser: A Tough Act to Follow

After ten years as Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser will be finishing her mandate at the end of May. Recently, she sat down with TVO to discuss defining moments of her tenure, and reflect on why she is one of the most widely trusted public figures in Canada.

Hamilton NDP MP David Christopherson, the vice-chair of the Commons public accounts committee in the last Parliament, put it this way: “Canadians have come to see Fraser as someone who is on their side…they knew in their heart and in their gut that she was there for them.” A sentiment notably absent when it comes to public regard for most politicians, it almost goes without saying.

Fraser has done some excellent work over the years as head of the OAG and will be a tough act to follow. Lets hope that the Harper government selects a worthy successor capable of earning the same level of trust, respect and public confidence.

Liberals at the Crossroads

A look back at the various reasons leading up to the crushing defeat of the federal Liberals in this week’s election and an examination of whether the party has a raison d’etre anymore, let alone a long-term future…

It’s hard to get passionate about a moderate, centrist party that espouses strong federalism, fiscal responsibility and social tolerance (amongst other things), but I can’t help but think that our politics would be worse off if our system was to devolve into a two-party see-saw between pretend socialists and fake conservatives.

Rick Mercer on The Agenda

Rick Mercer talking with Steve Paikin about his role as a political satirist, being the “Jon Stewart of Canada,” and his new gig in the off-season writing a column for Macleans magazine.

By the way, here’s something I’ve thought for a long time…Wouldn’t Rick would be the perfect candidate to be the Governor General of Canada at some point in the future? I know that he doesn’t have an especially high opinion of that institution, but there’s probably nobody in this country who’s actually better “qualified” for the position than him in terms of having been to so many communities and experienced the wide diversity of Canada over the years.