Referendums

Scotland's Referendum Smashed the Status Quo in the U.K.

Diane Francis | Posted 09.22.2014 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

Scotland rejected independence on Friday in a referendum that left the centuries-old United Kingdom intact but paved the way for a major transfer of powers away from London. The Scottish referendum has smashed the status quo in the U.K. and is the most recent, high profile, non-violent example of the rise of the consumer-citizen.

Marijuana and the Election: Time to Start Asking Blunt Questions

Diane Francis | Posted 12.22.2012 | Canada Politics
Diane Francis

On November 6, three states have on their ballots the outright legalization of marijuana -- Washington, Oregon and Colorado. So far, support is strong and bipartisan. The last such vote occurred in 2010 in California where a state-sanctioned referendum on legalization narrowly lost. So you may not hear about the marijuana issue in debates or from the campaign stump, and in polls, but people south of the border are taking the matter into their own hands.