Below is my London Free Press piece from April 11, 2015 on the real costs of bad politics. CALL IT THE “MEAN SEASON,” AND IT’S ABOUT to descend upon us in the run-up to the next federal election, scheduled for Oct. 19. While Easter might have instilled hope for a better humanity, the months leading up to the next federal contest for political dominance will inevitably resurrect negative campaigning in ways that continue to turn an increasing number of Canadians away from politics. Hyper-partisanship reaches its apex at the national level and its potential for destructiveness is worrying to a growing number of political observers. Respected pollster and political writer Bruce Anderson has been troubled enough by what he is witnessing at the federal level…