Brian Topp

Brian Topp is executive director of ACTRA Toronto. He also serves as chair of the board of Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union, and is a member of the board of directors of ROI Fund, a labour-sponsored venture capital fund. He previously served as a senior vice-president at Credit Union Central of Canada, the national office of Canada's credit union system outside of Quebec. He served as deputy chief of staff to Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow. He co-ordinated the federal NDP's campaign war room during the 1997 and 2004 federal elections, and served as that party's national campaign director during the 2006 and 2008 elections. This blog is cross-posted from The Globe & Mail's Second Reading.

Brian Topp
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Jun 17, 2014

Plenty of post-election lessons for Ontario leaders

Brian Topp
Wynne is firmly in the premier's seat and Horwath has earned the right to remain in her job if she wants it. But here are some important lessons to learn from the past six months.
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Aug 22, 2012
Photo: Matt Jiggins/Flickr

The federal NDP after Jack

Brian Topp
Jack Layton set out to convert the federal New Democratic Party into a governing party, and to steer Canada towards mainstream social democracy. How is that all working out, a year after his passing?
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Jun 21, 2012
Photo: BC Gov Photos/Flickr

McGuinty's incoherent approach at Queen's Park

Brian Topp
This week's mess at Queen's Park would suggest the government of Ontario is going to have to pick their legislative and political poison a little more clearly.
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Jun 8, 2012
Aerial shot of Athabasca tar sands. Photo: Shell/Flickr

Debating the uses of resource royalties

Brian Topp
In an interesting and well-argued column in the Calgary Herald recently, Mark Milke from the Fraser Institute took issue with my last post here. I can't resist replying to one of his points.
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May 15, 2012
MEPs discuss how to kick-start Greek economy with Troika members. Photo: Pietro Naj-Oleari/ European Parliament/Flickr

Understanding the crisis in Greece

Brian Topp
Canadians owe the people of Greece our solidarity in the face of this overwhelming crisis. We also owe ourselves a detailed understanding of all of this.
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May 7, 2012
Photo: Aude Guerrucci/francois hollande/Flicker

France elects a 'normal' president in Francois Hollande

Brian Topp
On election day in Paris, Place de la Bastille (home of the left) was full and Place de la Concorde (home of the right) was empty. As sure a sign as any that the Socialist Party was about to win.
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Apr 30, 2012
Liberal noise-makers. Photo: Reever TO/Flickr

Liberals and the 'strategic voting' political drug

Brian Topp
For many years, Liberals have been eager advocates of "strategic voting" -- the idea that it makes sense to vote for a party you don't support in order to avoid the election of another party.

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