Many Canadians live in the comfortable belief that municipalities exist as a distinct level of government. But that’s not what the constitution says. Does a lack of autonomy make municipalities more vulnerable to corrupt practices?
Why do we find systemic corruption in municipal politics in Montreal? We will not get very far if we simply ascribe the institutionalized political corruption unearthed by the Charbonneau Commission to a character flaw in Quebecers or to some component of their political DNA.
Simpson has written numerous critical columns on the state of health care in Canada. He has not only been a reliable weathervane for the changing critique of medicare but, as a leading mainstream journalistic voice in English Canada, he also shapes the views of his readers. It is not surprising, therefore, that considerable attention has been lavished on his latest book, Chronic Condition.