Why the NDP made a mistake aligning with the Liberals

Playing little brother to the Liberals is not necessarily a winning strategy

Why the NDP made a mistake aligning with the LiberalsIn March, the federal Liberal and New Democratic parties agreed to a deal that would keep Justin Trudeau as prime minister until 2025. In return for policies that would increase spending on dental and pharmaceutical care and continue to strangle the oil industry, the NDP promised not to support any non-confidence motions against the Liberals…

Will going ‘woke’ ultimately damage Disney?

Has Disney caught the wave of the future? Or will going woke harm The Mouse?

Will going ‘woke’ ultimately damage Disney?To be ‘woke’ is to have the approved left-leaning opinions about race, the ecology and all manner of social justice issues. Since 2018, the maxim “go woke, go broke” has declared that corporations that go out of their way to be ‘progressive’ suffer financially when consumers resist the message. Examples of the truth of the…

Why is Canada’s chief archivist rewriting our history?

Has ordered a purge of documents that “may offend people”

Why is Canada’s chief archivist rewriting our history?Nikolai Ivanovich Yezhov was not a nice man but, for a time, he was an important one. He was a favourite of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and was head of the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s secret police. He was responsible for the arrests, tortures and executions during his master’s Great Purge of 1936 to 1938.…

The use of the Emergencies Act was profoundly undemocratic

It should be used only in the direst of circumstances

The use of the Emergencies Act was profoundly undemocraticMany arguments were used to justify calls for the use of the Emergencies Act. In order to bolster the claim that the traffic jam in downtown Ottawa constituted a threat to national security, Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair insisted the truckers’ convoy was “a largely foreign-funded, targeted and coordinated attack … to harm Canada.” Public…

The importance of a diversity of opinion

A near-monopoly of left-wing opinion exists in our universities

The importance of a diversity of opinionRecent American studies have revealed a striking lack of variation in political views among the nation’s university professors. For example, 85 per cent of academics teaching political science rated themselves as left of centre; only 10 per cent considered themselves to be in the middle of the road and five per cent to be right…

Time for Canada to stand up to China’s bullying

Our speak softly and carry a limp stick approach has had no effect other than to embolden Communist China

Time for Canada to stand up to China’s bullyingFor centuries, Arab states across North Africa made fortunes from piracy. Now in the 21st century, a new pirate state is taking prisoners and holding them for ransom. In the past, raiding the coasts of Spain and Italy, scouring the Mediterranean and ravaging into the Atlantic as far as Iceland, Barbary corsairs captured over a…

Many questions will linger post-pandemic

Many questions will linger post-pandemicPandemics have a way of changing the world. The Plague of Justinian hit the Mediterranean area in the 500s, not only killing millions but crucially weakening the Byzantine Empire and helping ruin its plans to reconquer western Europe from the barbarians. The Black Death of the 1300s wiped out over 100 million people in Europe…

Identity politics is an evil virus spreading across society

This obsession with identity can do nothing good for a society that values equality of treatment of all its people

Identity politics is an evil virus spreading across societyOn my desk is a commemorative plate honouring the 1966 Grey Cup champions, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It includes the pictures of Canadian Football League legend Ronnie Lancaster and his teammates. A quick scan of these portraits reveals something odd: just three of the players are black. If one looks at the rosters of other CFL…

NDP fortunes on the wane in federal politics

If Singh is the problem, who is there on the meagre parliamentary bench to replace him?

NDP fortunes on the wane in federal politicsFor the past 90 years, Canadian politics has been influenced by a genuinely left-wing political party. The Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) emerged in 1933. It demanded nationalization of essential industries, universal public pensions, health care, family allowances, unemployment insurance and workmen’s compensation. Its Regina Manifesto boldly asserted, “No CCF Government will rest content until it…

Shortchanging the essentials while making the court jesters rich

When did you last hear anyone complain “Where is a Women’s Studies professor when you need her?”

Shortchanging the essentials while making the court jesters richThe academic world was all a-twitter a few weeks back with the enormously humorous idea of a “Scholars’ Strike.” The idea was that over two days, university professors would put down their intellectual tools. By doing nothing – or indulging in ever-so-intelligent talking about doing nothing – they would advance the cause of social justice.…
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