Entries by Tyler Downey

Hindsight is 2020: A Walk Through Canadian Pandemic Politics

2020 was a year that Canada and the world won’t soon forget. A year marked by economic and political upheaval, by protests, blockades, resignations, scandals, and all the trappings of a truly historic year. With lots of attention paid to our neighbours down south, and the status of the coronavirus worldwide, it’s important to remind […]

Plastics Politics: Single-use, or Here to Stay?

Last week, the federal government unveiled the six single-use plastic items they will be labelling as toxic: plastic grocery bags, straws, stir sticks, six-pack rings, cutlery and food containers made from hard-to-recycle plastics. The Liberals chose these six items based on criteria including the presence of a viable replacement and damage to the environment. Clearly, […]

Virtual Voting Virtually Works

In a historic first on Monday night, the House of Commons held their first virtual vote on a sub amendment to the Speech from the Throne. The good news? It only took two hours. The vote comes after months of on and off wrangling amongst parties to determine how Parliament might return safely during the […]

Insight: Digital Democracy in the Age of Pandemic

Ensight’s Tyler Downey’s analysis of the recent report by the Procedure and House Affairs Committee and what it means for democracy Soon, Canada’s Parliament will boldly go where no Parliament has gone before – online. For weeks, experts on Parliamentary procedure and digital communications have been working with the House of Commons administration to determine […]