Campaign Promises & the Marketing of Politicians

This article originally appeared in, and was written for, the Council of State Governments newsletter to North American legislators by Andrew Younger in 2015.   In 1956 Adlai Stevenson told the Democratic National Convention “The idea that you can merchandise candidates for high office like breakfast cereal – that you can gather votes like box […]

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When A Windfall May Not Be A Windfall

When is a windfall not a windfall? When at least some of the money may have been pre-spent. Numerous news stories over the past week have dutifully announced the spending spree by the Government of Nova Scotia. Most reports have used the government line that the money was a windfall. New money. No strings attached. […]

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An Education System Premised On Volunteering Was Always Headed For Trouble

Maybe you think the fight Nova Scotia’s teachers are embroiled in with the provincial Liberal government is all about wages and service awards. Or maybe you see it as being about the burden of classroom issues impacting students. Regardless of which side you come down on, and or whether you support the government position, the […]

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Nova Scotia Needs To Fully Engage With Stakeholders On Tidal Energy

The first electrons of power flowed across the seabed in Nova Scotia’s Minas Basin recently delivering electricity to homes, from a giant instream tidal device. It’s planned to be the first of many such devices, covering multiple designs and arrays, to see if tidal energy can be made cost effective and safe. I hope it […]

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