Minority Governments in Canada: A Recipe for Progress

Jennifer Howard

Chief of Staff, Canada’s NDP and Campaign Director of the NDP’s 2019 federal election campaign.









The Honourable V. Peter Harder

Government Representative in the Senate 

Peter Harder entered the Upper Chamber in April 2016, as the first Independent Senator appointed under a new non-partisan selection process that invites all eligible Canadians to submit applications. He arrived in the Senate with nearly 30 years of experience in the federal public service, and a decade serving as a volunteer in various organizations and as a member of several boards of directors. He also served as president of the Canada China Business Council.

As Government Representative in the Senate, he is tasked with both shepherding government legislation through the Upper Chamber and leading efforts on reform towards a more independent, accountable and transparent institution.

David Moscrop

Author of “Too Dumb for Democracy”, columnist with the Washington Post and researcher at the University of Ottawa.










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Tasha Kheiriddin

Writer and Broadcaster.

Tasha Kheiriddin is a familiar face to those who follow Canadian politics.  She appears regularly on Global News, CBC News Network and Radio-Canada’s Le Téléjournal, as a political commentator in both English and French, and writes a weekly column for the Global News website. A consummate communicator for over twenty years, she is the founder and CEO of Ellipsum Communications, specializing in media training, message crafting and communications strategy.

Tasha has worked as an editorial writer at the National Post, hosted National Affairs, a current affairs program that aired on CTV in 2011 and 2012, and wrote a column for In 2012, her work was recognized by the Montreal Economic Institute, which awarded her the English component of its Economic Education Prize. She went on to host the Tasha Kheiriddin Show, a daily Toronto radio program, from 2016-2019 and continues to guest host for Global News Radio.

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