I have worked in and around politics and public policy for a good part of my life, and I now believe we can only rejuvenate our political system, end the widely felt apathy, frustration and cynicism of ordinary Canadians, and create the kind of good, public-spirited and long-term thinking we urgently need, if we undertake three important reforms:  end all corporate and for-profit lobbying; start capturing the real social, economic and environmental costs of commercial undertakings; and convene citizen assemblies to play an active part in the collective choices and resource allocation decisions presently made by a narrow stratum of public officials and corporate executives.


The pandemic has taught us that we cannot go back to that old model of politics and economics; it is not responsive enough to deal with the multiple challenges that confront us today.