Let's quickly summarize some of the Liberal promises made yesterday:
- More accessible information by improving the Access to Information Act. That would be wonderful given that my current ATIP request appeal is more than two years old (which, I believe, means that the actual request is more than three years old).
- Open data
- Stronger parliamentary committees. This would be good for the Steve/Dave/Phil project as we could then have variation on our independent variables, so this is good for our project!
- More free votes. I am not a fan of superstrict party discipline. Canada's parties are about as strict as they get.
- Improving question period. Anything that makes this less of a joke would be a good thing.
- More clarity on budget stuff. The budget might actually have real numbers? Real independence to Parliamentary Budget Officer!
- Stronger national security oversight by creating an all-party national security committee to monitor and oversee operations of every department and agency with national security responsibilities? Oh my, yet more variation for our project. Woot!
- First past the post goes away? Only if they cite my stuff to justify it! I am, of course, not sure this is that important for ameliorating ethnic conflict in Canada since federalism does a handy job of providing the key minority with political access. It would depend on the alternative chosen, but more discussion of electoral rules is good for poli sci business.
- Ban partisan government ads. This does truly annoy me.
- Unmuzzle scientists. I have been a harsh critic of the message management efforts of the current government. So, this would be a big improvement.
- Bring back the long form census and make Statscan independent. Much love for social science here.
- Data-driven decision making? Oh, this sounds good, but I am not that naive.
So, yeah, I guess I would vote Liberal and not even hold my nose or anything, even if Justin Trudeau always says one thing too much when talking about Canadian defence stuff.