In recent weeks, my colleague Jim Travers has been writing quite eloquently about the dearth of democracy here in Canada. And clearly it is an idea whose time has come -- the same theme runs through new books by Elizabeth May and Garth Turner. (All three were on CBC Radio's Sunday program last week. You can find the show's website, and ways to hear the broadcast, here.)
This appetite for reform isn't confined to Canada either. Yesterday, The Guardian Newspaper launched its own, ambitious effort in this direction, found here. The sheer breadth of topics addressed on this site shows that it's going to require concerted effort -- from politicians, public servants, lobbyists, and yes, even and especially we in the media, to really fix this beast called politics.