Book Review: Charlie Foxtrot: Fixing Defence Procurement in Canada. Dundurn Press, 2016.

In Charlie Foxtrot, political scientist Kim Richard Nossal surveys Canada’s defence procurement systems to achieve two things. First, dissatisfied with “proximate” explanations identifying the “immediate” causes of particular acquisitions, Nossal offers a “distal” explanation to show the general root cause for dysfunction. Second, he argues an outright solution is unlikely, advocating instead for “mess management”.

Book Review: Governing Greater Victoria: The Role of Elected Officials and Shared Services. Fraser Institute, March 2016.

In November 2014, seven of the municipalities in the Victoria area voted in a non-binding referendum to explore the idea of amalgamating the region. The debate about amalgamation had been raging for some time prior to the vote and still continues to this day. For some time, observers of local government in Canada have patiently waited for Robert Bish, Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria and one of Canada’s most prominent public choice scholars, to add substance to the debate.