Sean Holman
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Sean Holman is an award-winning reporter and assistant professor of journalism at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He founded the pioneering online political news service Public Eye in British Columbia. He also produced and directed the documentary Whipped: The Secret World Of Party Discipline.

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Chong's Reform Bill Will Do Little To Make Government Less Secretive

(1) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 6:26 PM

It has oft been said "justice should not only be done but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done."

But that 1923 legal aphorism is just as applicable to our system of political representation -- helping bring into relief its deficiencies and whether Tory backbencher

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Trudeau May Not Be Alone in Admiring Dictatorships

(39) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 10:35 AM

When Justin Trudeau said last week that he had a "level of admiration" for China's "basic dictatorship," the understandable knee-jerk reaction from some politicians and pundits was to kick the federal Liberal leader.

But while that gaffe was reprehensible, it was hardly incomprehensible and perhaps entirely understandable given the structure...

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How a Whip Could Be the Answer, After All

(1) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 2:40 AM

If we want our politicians to stop behaving like trained seals, it might not be necessary to take the whip away.

That's the conclusion I've reached after doing Ontario and British Columbia screening tours of my documentary "Whipped: The Secret World of Party Discipline" and talking with hundreds...

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Who Killed the BC NDP's Election Chances?

(20) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:49 PM

"As leader of the BC NDP, I take full responsibility for this defeat...no ifs, ands or buts."

That's what Adrian Dix told reporters at a news conference last Wednesday, following his party's surprise failure to win the recent provincial election.

Nevertheless, there are many more people who should be shouldering...

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Whipped: The Secret World Of Party Discipline

(1) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 1:20 PM

Dear first-time political candidate,

I am writing to invite you to the public premiere of Whipped, my new documentary on the secret world of party discipline.

I know many of you are running in this election with the best of intentions. I know many of you are running to...

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