Welcome to the League’s new sub-blog, the 49th – a Canadian-focused blog written specifically for an American audience. My name is Jonathan McLeod, and I’ll be your guide on this northern expedition. I am a Fellow with the Canadian Council for Democracy, and I am a contributor and editor for the CCD’s blog, the Commons (which I helped launch with our good friend and OG, Scott H. Payne).
You may remember me from a couple of recent guest posts, one on the death of Jack Layton and the other a remembrance of the massacre at École Polytechnique (or, if you hop in your Way-Back Machine, you might recall this attempt to foster inter-blog discussions on Canadian foreign policy). These two guest posts demonstrate the mission of this blog. It would be easy enough to re-create another Canadian political blog here at the League, but what would be the fun in that? Instead, I hope to bring to you, dear reader, a little insight into the hot issues and interesting writers up here, north of the 49th.
There will be no Talking to Americans-esque condescension, nor none of that typical, and annoying, false modesty so many Canadians drape themselves in. It’ll just be a chat.
In case you’re interested in who I actually am, I am a lifelong resident of our nation’s capital, Ottawa, living just blocks from the greatest deliberative body on earth (yes, that’s cheek) with my wife, two daughters and dog. Aside from the Commons, my writing can be found at The Politic, The Mark and Apt 613. I also cover civil rights issues in Ottawa (how’s that for provincial?) for Examiner.com. You can find me on Twitter and Google+.
Now, I know I said that there’d be no smack-talking, but just so we’re clear, Hootie and the Blowfish can’t touch 54-40: