It was a tax on tea that triggered protests that launched the American Revolution in 1776. It was a tax on alcohol that triggered a mini-crisis in Canada’s Parliament recently and considerable commentary about the actions of our recently more independent Senate. However, in keeping with the polite and moderate behaviour usually attributed to Canadians, no revolution followed here. The day after the crisis arose, it was over – although debate about the Senate’s role continues. Let’s read the tea leaves and see what we can discern about this whole tempest in a teapot.
C. Richard Tindal, Ph.D is a retired Professor of Government. He taught for 30 years at St. Lawrence College, Kingston and was an occasional Visiting Professor at Queen's University. He has also written and consulted extensively about government.