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John Richards argues (“Tax policy by referendum,” Inroads, Winter/Spring 2013) that referendums are a bad way to make policy. He favours parliamentary democracy and electoral accountability. So far so good. But on the basis of my defence of the HST referendum in British Columbia, he then associates me with a somewhat ill-defined school (read American) that apparently supports policymaking through direct democracy as opposed to parliamentary democracy. That comes as a surprise to me.

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