Graham Steele

Political analyst

Graham Steele is a former MLA who was elected four times as a New Democrat for the constituency of Halifax Fairview. He also served as finance minister. Steele is now a political analyst for CBC News.

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Opinion

Citizens are the only force able to end partisan politics, says Graham Steele

In his farewell column, Graham Steele says he hasn't seen meaningful change since the Ivany report called for "a new politics."
Opinion

4 disadvantages to being Nova Scotia's opposition leaders

Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie and New Democratic Party Leader Gary Burrill can only watch and wait as Premier Stephen McNeil marshals all of his government's powers to lay the groundwork for an election.
Opinion

Solely a marketing document: Election platforms come with giant asterisks

The governing party has advantages and disadvantages when it comes to devising a platform, columnist Graham Steele writes.
Opinion

Want to influence the government? Many lobbyists don't know how, says Graham Steele

The Bill 59 Community Alliance is doing everything right to get what it wants from the provincial government.
Opinion

Graham Steele has advice for MLAs navigating social media minefields

For MLAs, social media can be useful for community engagement. But sometimes it bites back.
Opinion

Why the political fallout from the teachers' bill is just beginning

The passage of Bill 75 through the House of Assembly exposed many Nova Scotians to how politics works, and that's a good thing.
Opinion

Stephen McNeil to feel wrath of protestors unlike ever before, says Graham Steele

The sea of protesters expected to descend Friday on Province House will be unlike anything Premier Stephen McNeil has seen before, says CBC political analyst Graham Steele.
Opinion

Upcoming public hearings a change from 'ridiculously unfriendly' norm, says Graham Steele

Some hearings taking place next week on the Accessibility Act will be a model of citizen-centred public engagement. Why can't it be like this all the time?
Opinion

Highway to the danger zone? Public opinion on tolls tricky to discern: Graham Steele

CBC political analyst Graham Steele says Transportation Minister Geoff MacLellan is gauging public opinion of highway tolls very carefully. But can the information at his disposal paint the whole picture?
Opinion

Teachers wanted bread but got crumbs in new contract: Graham Steele

The reaction of teachers to a tentative agreement between their union and the provincial government suggests ratification is "a coin toss at best," says CBC political analyst Graham Steele.
Opinion

Want something in the budget? It pays to ask — quickly: Graham Steele

The early budget deadline and the low-key consultation process might cause a citizen to wonder if the finance minister is serious, says Graham Steele.
Opinion

When is the next Nova Scotia election? Depends on the teachers: Graham Steele

CBC political analyst Graham Steele believes the most likely timing of an election is sometime from June to September this year.
Opinion

Imposing wage package bill won't fix McNeil's problems, says Graham Steele

CBC political analyst Graham Steele says invoking Bill 148 would ensure the premier will get his own way with civil servants, but it won't settle issues with the province's teachers.
Opinion

Only path forward in dispute with teachers is for Karen Casey to resign: Graham Steele

It is possible to resign with honour, writes Graham Steele. Unfortunately, ministerial resignation has become associated with blame.
Opinion

Politicians should own their decision on a new Eastern Passage high school: Graham Steele

If they're going to bump something up a priority list, or add something that wasn't there, politicians have to be prepared to explain it and defend it, writes Graham Steele.