ESR spotlight on Canadian politics

Recent articles on Canadian politics that have run in Enter Stage Right

"Inter-not" -- Has a Canadian right-wing "blogosphere" had an impact on politics, society, and culture in Canada? (Part One): Mark Wegierski expresses some skepticism

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2015 (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the media and the academy

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2015 (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues to note the lack of an infrastructure or "eco-system" for conservatives

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2015 (Part One): A conservative infrastructure is still lacking, says Mark Wegierski

How the Islamic State (ISIL) threatens Canada and the West: The war against ISIS may be taking place on the other wide of the world but Jonathan D. Halevi argues Canadians need to be concerned

Canada under siege – "Deconstructing" the roots of evil: The recent terrorist attack in Ottawa prompted Murray Soupcoff to think about the nature of evil in our modern world and its practitioners

Conflicts of notions of freedom, order, and security in a globalized world (Part One): Mark Wegierski tries to give a deeper context to the recent Canadian tragedy

George Parkin Grant and Canada: In this year of anniversaries of three major Grant books, Mark Wegierski asks, has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

What should the legacy of World War I, and its great battles such as Vimy Ridge, be for Canadians?: Mark Wegierski meditates on the war's possible meaning for Canada, 100 years after its outbreak

Looking at the structural problems of Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2014: A conservative infrastructure is still lacking in Canada, says Mark Wegierski

God, guns, and the Rule of Law: Why I refuse to obtain a licence to own my firearms: Canadian activist Edward Hudson refuses to obtain a licence to own firearms despite a legal requirement to do so and he explains why

George Parkin Grant and Canada in process: 25 years since the passing of George Grant, Mark Wegierski asks, has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

Canadian banks: Legalized bandidos: Without much fanfare, says Jane Gaffin, Canada's federal government has essentially given the nation's banks permission to raid deposits if they get into fiscal distress

Canada's organic free-for-all: If Canadians believe that their organic food is more healthy -- or even Canadian -- they might be surprised, says Mischa Popoff

Whither Québec? (Part Ten): Mark Wegierski continues to look at different scenarios for the future

California dreaming, Ontario's nightmare: Plenty of ink has been spilled about the financial nightmare that California is in the middle of but Victor Fedeli argues that Canada's Ontario could also wind up the same way

Whither Québec? (Part Nine): Mark Wegierski looks at different scenarios for the future of Québec and Canada

Whither Québec? (Part Eight): Mark Wegierski looks at the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum, and its immediate aftermath

Whither Québec? (Part Seven): Mark Wegierski looks especially at the 1990s, and the 1995 Quebec sovereignty referendum

Whither Québec? (Part Six): Mark Wegierski points to some possibly contradictory elements of that province's nationalism

Whither Québec? (Part Five): Mark Wegierski examines more of the historical background which has seen Québec and the rest of Canada at loggerheads

Whither Québec? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski examines the appeal of the ADQ in 2007

Whither Québec? (Part Three): Was the political architecture of Confederation flawed from the start, asks Mark Wegierski

Whither Québec? (Part Two): Has that province's effect on Canada been generally anti-traditionalist, asks Mark Wegierski

Whither Québec?  (Part One): Mark Wegierski offers extensive historical background to the recent provincial election

George Grant and Canada in process: Eleven years after '9/11' Mark Wegierski reflects on the question -- has a more authentic traditionalism become impossible in current-day Canada?

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at how Grant criticizes both capitalism and socialism from a traditionalist perspective

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Three): Mark Wegierski continues his look at the ideas of Gad Horowitz, an old-fashioned socialist, and how they overlap with those of Grant

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks mainly at the ideas of Gad Horowitz, an old-fashioned socialist, and how they overlap with those of Grant

An introduction to the thought of George Parkin Grant (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the complex Canadian critic of technology and America and his possible appeal to social democrats

Thoughts out of season – the future of traditionalism (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks back to the 1980s – a highly frustrating time for Canadian conservatives

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada? (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks at the third main pillar, the mass-education system and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada?  (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at the second pillar of the system, the juridical environment and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada?  (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at the first pillar of the Canadian system, the media environment and its attitudes towards Christianity and its followers

Resisting "soft-totalitarianism" in Canada? (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at the ethical challenges for sincerely-believing Christians of living in accord with their faith in current-day Canada

Chongqing, Bangalore and Canada: A single city in China nearly equals the entire population of Canada and David MacKinnon says they're the people that Canadians are competing against

Tackling the on-reserve housing crisis: Joseph Quesnel says it's time to depoliticize housing on Aboriginal communities and begin to address the real issues

Beware of NDP leadership hopefuls bearing policy gifts from Greece: Greece as a positive example? Gregory Thomas says at least one NDP leadership hopeful believes that former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou was actually inspiring

Why the Wheat Board monopoly is being removed: The Canada Wheat Board may be fighting it but Milton Boyd argues that eliminating the CWB's monopoly on marketing grain will be a benefit to Canadian wheat farmers

Let's abolish compulsory membership in student unions: At many universities across Canada, reports Jonathan Wensveen, students are forced to join student unions -- groups which often don't represent their students on any level

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at separatist tendencies outside Quebec

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part Two): Mark Wegierski looks at developments in Quebec after 1984

Separatist tendencies in Canada: Their origins, development, and future (Part One): Canada's liberalism may actually encourage separatism, argues Mark Wegierski

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Six): Mark Wegierski concludes his series by examining the rise of Stephen Harper, the current prime minister of Canada

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Five): Mark Wegierski examines the rise and fall of Stockwell Day

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Four): Mark Wegierski looks mostly at the 1990s in Canada and Ontario

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Three): Mark Wegierski looks at Canadian political icons Liberal Pierre Trudeau and Progressive Conservative Brian Mulroney

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part Two): Mark Wegierski argues that Canada has been undergoing revolutionary changes since the 1960s

Political, constitutional, juridical, and socio-cultural aspects of the origins and development of the Canadian State (Part One): Mark Wegierski begins a long series of articles about Canada

Aboriginals need roadmap for success, not ideology: Joseph Quesnel wonders why everything but the free market hasn't been employed to help Native Canadians residing on the nation's reservations

The lost Dominion: Mark Wegierski examines Canada's massive repudiation of its traditions

Fairness demands additional commons seats for Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta: Ben Eisen argues that the Canada's Conservative government needs to make some big changes to the House of Commons

"Third parties" in Canada (Part Four): Mark Wegierski continues his look at "third parties" in Canada, especially the NDP, which won 103 seats in the 2011 Canadian federal election – thus becoming a "second party"

"Third parties" in Canada (Part Three): In this installment of his latest series, Mark Wegierski looks mainly at "third parties" in Western Canada

"Third parties" in Canada (Part Two): Continuing his overview of the outsiders of Canadian politics, Mark Wegierski looks mainly here at "third parties" in Quebec

"Third parties" in Canada (Part One): Mark Wegierski looks at "third parties" in Canada, especially Preston Manning's Reform Party -- which some consider to have effectively become the "first party" in the 2011 Canadian federal election

The unintended consequences of Canada's equalization program: Ben Eisen argues that Canada's equalization program has some provinces more equal than others

In search of true federalism in Canada: Old Canada, New Canada, and "Canada Three": As Harper begins policy planning for the Tory majority government, Mark Wegierski argues that an uplifting synthesis of the Old and New Canada is needed

Time to prune the overgrown bureaucracy: Now that the Conservatives have a majority Tim Ball says it's time to take the knife to Canada's bloated bureaucracy

"Death or Victory" now await: Mark Wegierski notes that after winning a parliamentary majority after decades of negativity, the right in Canada now faces a "world-defining" struggle

Majority mandate demands an ambitious agenda: Ben Eisen argues that the new Conservative majority government should be ambitious and energetic

More to the left – more to the right: In this week following May Day, Mark Wegierski argues that Canada's social-democratic NDP has mostly fallen away from its old roots

The longstanding Liberal hegemony in Canada – and the challenges to it: As the 2011 federal election campaign is underway, Mark Wegierski says that the hopes for real change in Canada are rather thin

Boosting Canada's gold reserves, the smart way: Daniel M. Ryan has a proposal that would boost Canada's gold reserves and allow gold favouring entities to transact in the precious metal

Give natives rights to their land: Canadian aboriginals are having difficulty obtaining business loans and typically First Nations leaders have lost the plot, says Joseph Quesnel

Words without honour: Liberal MP Justin Trudeau recently disagreed with Canada's government use of the word "barbaric" to describe honour killings. Aruna Papp weighs in

Free trade with Europe will be good for Canada: Cam Dahl argues that Canadians need to support a free trade agreement that is currently being negotiated with the European Union

Keep business tax relief: Use it to reduce corporate welfare: Kevin Gaudet thinks that Canada's leftist parties shouldn't be attacking corporate tax cuts, but rather the government's policy of corporate welfare

Prying political parties from taxpayer trough: Kevin Gaudet believes that Canadians shouldn't have to subsidize the political parties that vie for their attention

When housing affordability, demographics, and tax bills collide: In relative terms the Canadian economic landscape is a strong one but David Seymour says there are some storm clouds coming when it comes to housing affordability for young people and immigrants

Racism at Macleans?: A Canadian news magazine sparked a controversy for wondering if some of the country's university's were "too Asian." Aruna Papp says some people need to relax

Food banks and poverty – two different issues: It's commonly held that increasing use of food banks equals a rising poverty rate but Rick August cautions against reaching that conclusion

Federal 'Tea Party' missing in action: How to find it: Kevin Gaudet warns Canadian politicians that an anti-establishment Tea Party-like movement in Canada isn't out of the question

Avoiding the EI tax-hike hammer: Federal finance minister Jim Flaherty says Canadians should be happy a looming EI tax hike wasn't bigger. Kevin Gaudet can only shake his head

Raising tobacco taxes not the answer to deficits: Illegal activity concerning cigarettes is once again rising in Canada and not surprisingly some are pushing for even higher tobacco taxes. Kevin Gaudet explains why that is a bad idea

Has PM Harper abandoned elected Senate?: Among the promises that Stephen Harper long made to Canadians was an elected Senate. Kevin Gaudet wonders what happened to that pledge

Canada middle of PIGS pack – Deficit tough talk should start at home: At the G8 and G20 summits Stephen Harper talked tough on the subject of government deficits. Kevin Gaudet would like a little more consistency from the man

Pension reform must start with MPs' plan: Canada's finance minister wants to reform the nation's pension system. Kevin Gaudet says he needs to look in his own backyard first

End MP foxes guarding expense chicken coop: Kevin Gaudet says there is no reason why Canadian federal politicians should be allowed to hide how they spend money they expense to taxpayers

The rise of the taxers: Kevin Gaudet is hearing an increasing chorus of Canadians -- including those who could once be counted as allies -- calling for a hike in taxes and he doesn't like it

Welcome to Canada, indeed: Last week Ann Coulter provoked a storm of controversy while delivering some speeches in Canada. Daniel Ryan wasn't surprised that Canadian conservatives didn't come to her defence

Stockwell's day of reckoning: Kevin Gaudet says that Stockwell Day has a big job ahead of him in taming Canada's deficit and restoring some sanity to spending

Budget cliff driving: Hit the brakes!: Canada is facing a record budget deficit and all the government can promise is to slow down the rate of spending increases. Kevin Gaudet isn't impressed

GST hike like another Tiger Woods girlfriend: Bad idea: Do Canadians really want a hike in the Goods and Services Tax? Kevin Gaudet says it's bad idea

Audit nightmare: Kevin Gaudet spotlights the case of a British Columbia man all but ruined by the Canada Revenue Agency and wonders why the federal government hasn't done anything about it

Resolutions for 2010: Honesty first: It's a new year and although Parliament won't resume sitting until March, Kevin Gaudet has some resolutions he'd like some Canadian politicians to make

Pariahship and bluffmanship: Kick Canada out of the Commonwealth for not meeting Kyoto requirements? Daniel M. Ryan isn't particularly impressed by the threat

Gentlemen, hold your engines: Now that Prince Charles has ended his visit to Canada there is talk of the country eventually becoming a republic. Daniel M. Ryan says not so fast

Kill cap-and-tax Copenhagen craziness: Kevin Gaudet says that the climate change deal proposed by the United Nations would cost Canada billions of dollars and kill jobs

The impossible nightmare: The U.S. taking over Canada: For as long as Canada has existed, Canadians have feared a takeover by the United States. Daniel M. Ryan says it`s been wasted effort

Let's get fiscal with Budgetball!: There's a new game called Budgetball which is enjoying growing popularity in the United States and Kevin Gaudet says it should be imported to Canada

Big debt brag? Canada's debt 22nd worst in OECD!: Canada's government may be bragging about the strength of the Canadian economy but Kevin Gaudet says the braggadocio isn't deserved

Why the fascination with America?: Why are so many Canadians fascinated by the United States? Daniel M. Ryan argues it's because the U.S. has some things that we're missing

Make tough deficit decisions now: It wasn't long ago that Canadians were enjoying budget surpluses and a diminishing debt. Kevin Gaudet says it's time for the federal government to tighten its belt

Political hypocrisy or sophisticated evolution: If foolish inconsistency really is the hobgoblin of small minds, writes Kevin Gaudet, then Canada's political leaders should be safe

Woodstock hangover: Spend now, pay later: The anniversay of Woodstock recently came and went and it prompted Kevin Gaudet to remember a more fiscally responsible Canadian government

Where have all the fiscal conservatives gone?: Canada's Conservative government used to be the home to the country's fiscal conservatives. Kevin Gaudet would like to know what happened to them

The glue that dissolved, and thoughts on a replacement: Being pro-monarchy and anti-American used to define Canadian conservatives back in the day. Today? Daniel M. Ryan explores the question

Are taxpayers paying for MPs' moats or toothbrushes?: Kevin Gaudet is non too pleased that Canada's federal representatives refuse to detail what they're using their expense accounts for

Sell nuclear to grow nuclear: Canada's nuclear industry is all but dead and Kevin Gaudet says the only way to save it is to privatize it

Fatherly advice for deficit avoidance: Last week Canada's Conservative government announced a far larger deficit than expected. Kevin Gaudet has some friendly, fatherly advice for them

EI battle lines drawn: 420 to 360 or fight!: Canadians may be dragged into yet another election and the primary issue is how long they should be eligible to receive unemployment benefits, writes Kevin Gaudet

Beyond good and evil (unfortunately): An essay by Michael Coren last week asking whether women should be allowed to serve as front-line soldiers in the Canadian Armed Forces got Daniel M. Ryan to thinking

Is sunshine required for bailout salaries?: Kevin Gaudet believes that taxpayers ought to know how much com

Aerospace joins Big Auto on the dole: All you have to do is just get in line and Canada's governments will gladly hand over the cash, reports Kevin Gaudet

Ending a $2 billion joke on taxpayers: Next week Canadian legislators have a chance to prove they stand with taxpayers by killing off an unpopular and terribly expensive program, argues Kevin Gaudet

The answer to yer auto woes: If Americans really want to save their auto industry then Daniel M. Ryan has the ultimate solution: Sell them off to a good buddy

The misery of corporate welfare: Kevin Gaudet says the Canadian government is using the worst kind of scare mongering to justify corporate welfare

Liberal Tory same old story: Canadians who expected a fiscally responsible government from Stephen Harper must be profoundly disappointed, writes Kevin Gaudet

Glimmer of economic revival(ism): A contest to create a movie to inspire us to pay our taxes is a very Canadian thing, says Daniel M. Ryan

Avoiding a chicken little budget: Canada is about to throw around taxpayer money and register a deficit budget all based on unwarranted panic, says Kevin Gaudet

The case for a balanced budget: Canada's federal government is about to run a deficit for the first time in twelve years. Kevin Gaudet says it doesn't have to happen if the Conservatives are willing to make some tough decisions

Budget Grinch needed to stop alphabet soup of bailouts: It's not just American politicians shoveling out taxpayer dollars to business. Kevin Gaudet hopes that Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper comes to his senses and stops propping up troubled Canadian firms

Same story, same result: Health care spending in Canada continues to skyrocket and yet there has been no palpable improvement in service, argues Steven Martinovich

Time to stop rewarding failure: The U.S. federal government isn't the only one handing out big money. Steve Martinovich says Canadian governments should resist the urge to give money to the auto industry

Deficit dodging for dummies: If Canada's Conservatives need inspiration to cut spending then perhaps they should look to the Liberal Party, writes Adam Taylor

What happens next?: Canadians have re-elected a Conservative government. Adam Taylor says the government's priority now -- with a slowing economy -- is to control federal spending

Sound economic planning is no 30-day exercise: Canada's Conservatives might have waited until near the end of their campaign to release their platform, says Adam Taylor, but they also have a three year track record to be judged by

On with the show, this is it!: Canada's opposition Liberals and their leader Stéphane Dion are playing the part of Wile E. Coyote while the conservatives and Prime Minister Stephen Harper are the Road Runner, argues John Williamson

Jim Prentice, Canada's presumptive finance minister?: Jim Prentice has been not so subtly campaigning to be Canada's next finance minister. John Williamson would like him to stick to his current job

So much for spending restraint: Canada's conservatives took office promising fiscal sanity. This summer alone has seen them promise billions in new spending, writes John Williamson

Who needs a seat on the Security Council?: Canada's foreign policy establishment is in a tizzy because PM Stephen Harper is ambivalent about a Canadian bid for the UN Security Council. John Williamson says its an honour the country doesn't need

Ten years of gas tax dishonesty: Canada's federal government levied a special gas tax ten years ago to combat a growing deficit. Adam Taylor says it's well past the time to get rid of it

Goodale's gaffe: John Williamson believes that it will be very easy for Canada's Conservative government to avoid a budget deficit. All they have to do is cut spending

A financial statement of band spending is not an audit: Adam Taylor argues that bringing financial accountability to native reserve band spending is a welcome move in the direction of knowing how public money is being spent

Business as usual at Industry Canada: The more things change, the more they stay the same at Industry Canada. Adam Taylor reports that Canada's federal government is still handing out "loans" to businesses that are rarely being paid back

Carbon tax is far from 'revenue neutral': The Liberal Party is now in support of a carbon tax on the grounds that it will reduce energy consumption. John Williamson responds that Canadians will only end up paying more for their energy

National governing perpetuity: If Canada's Liberal Party really wants to regain power, says Daniel M. Ryan with tongue firmly in cheek, they might want to consider a merger with the Conservative Party, a party which arguably isn't representative of the conservatism of old

Jim Flaherty's budget test: Canada's government has already told its citizens not to expect too much next week when the federal budget comes down but John Williamson says it doesn't have to be that way

A not so private matter: Last week was the 20th anniversary of Canada's Supreme Court striking down the nation's anti-abortion laws and we heard the familiar refrain that abortion is a "private matter". Not when taxpayers are funding it, responds John Williamson

You've heard of 'junk science.' Now consider 'junk law': Calgary lawyer Ezra Levant is facing a human rights complaint for daring to print the "Muhammad cartoons" in his now defunct magazine. Link Byfield says everyone needs to show their support

The hazards of "Living In America": Both Canadian liberals and conservatives love to intellectually "live in America" by imagining the "best" parts of the U.S. being imported in Canada. Daniel M. Ryan isn't a fan of that sort of thing

Cut taxes to strengthen the economy: According to their federal leaders, Canadians shouldn't expect another tax cut in 2008. Adam Taylor and John Williamson think the Harper government is making a mistake

Canada's teepee republic: John Williamson charges that a new treaty effectively creating a new nation within a province will be nothing less than an authoritarian state for many living within it

Parliamentarians fiddle while RCMP burns: A number of high profile controversies -- including the taser-related death of a man last month -- has shaken Canadians' faith in the RCMP, writes John Williamson

If Harper can fix the Senate he's a constitutional magician: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper appears to want to reform the Senate, a situation that Link Byfield believes crowded with paradoxes

Is it just me or is there a big turn in the Canadian political tide?: Has the impossible happened? Is Canada a politically conservative nation? Link Byfield says it's not a done deal but with time it could be

Shopping for lower taxes and less government regulation: Canadians may be wondering where lower prices are thanks to a surging dollar but John Williamson argues they should also be looking at the role their government pays

Magical mystery tax cuts: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been bragging about the size of tax cuts his government has instituted but John Williamson says the reality is different

A look at Canadian toryism vs. American neoconservatism: Before the Internet, notes Mark Wegierski, dissenting ideas "outside the consensus" simply couldn't publicly appear anywhere in Canada

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part Five: Mark Wegierski looks at an important question – in what sense is Canada a nation?

Three policy proposals for Stephen Harper's government: John Williamson says the Canadian government is adrift and is in danger of losing the high ground to the political left. He has a few solutions to avoid that fate

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part Four: Mark Wegierski now looks at the Atlantic region, which has an ambiguous relationship with Ottawa

Regionalism and Nationalism in Canada – Part Two: Mark Wegierski examines the tensions between Ottawa and Western Canada, especially Alberta

Regionalism and nationalism in Canada – Part One: In this new series of articles, Mark Wegierski examines the tensions between different regions in Canada

Repatriating Conrad: Conrad Black may have been convicted in an American court but Daniel M. Ryan wants the ex-newspaper tycoon to come back to Canada

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Seven: Mark Wegierski asks a big question – is there a future for conservatism in Canada – or elsewhere?

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Six: Mark Wegierski looks at what a reflective conservatism and more thoughtful social democratic ideas may have in common

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Five: Mark Wegierski looks further at the thought of Gad Horowitz, and compares “British” to “WASP” identities

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Four: Mark Wegierski looks at the thought of Gad Horowitz, a social democrat who criticizes multiculturalism and defends English-Canadian nationalism

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Three: Mark Wegierski argues that until the 1960s, Canada was a more substantively conservative society than America

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part Two: Mark Wegierski looks especially at the various factions in the Progressive Conservative party of the 1980s

The Tory tradition in Canada from the 1980s to today – Part One: Mark Wegierski begins a series of articles looking at the "Centre-Right Opposition" over the last three decades

In search of a long-range education policy and strategy for Ontario: Some traditionalist remnants in education will be of vital importance to the future of society, argues Mark Wegierski

Shane Doan fights for freedom: The political attacks on hockey player Shane Doan point to both Quebec Liberal mischief and the increasing incoherence of Quebecois nationalism, argues Mark Wegierski

Federal spending: Only one in 10 dollars going to defence budget: Apologists for Canada's Conservative government argue that spending hikes are largely going to the nation's military. John Williamson says that's not the case at all

Québec!: Part Five: In this fifth piece, Mark Wegierski looks at different scenarios for the future of Canada and Québec

Québec!: Part Four: In this fourth piece in the series, Mark Wegierski looks especially at the 1990s, and the 1995 Québec sovereignty referendum

Québec!: Part Three: Québec has long defined itself in opposition to what is referred to as "TROC" – the rest of Canada – and Mark Wegierski says that has to ensure its survival

Vimy Ridge: Standing on guard for a more traditional Canada: Considering the recent events in France and Afghanistan, Mark Wegierski turns to address the most pressing issues of the moment

Medicare's socialist weeds vs. capitalist wheat: British Columbia's government may not be pleased about the re-opening of a private health care clinic but John Williamson says it is a victory for Canadians

Québec!: Part Two: In the second piece of the series, Mark Wegierski looks at different definitions of Canada and nationalism, and concludes that the ADQ today, although non-separatist, is more substantively Quebec-nationalist than the PQ

Québec!: Part One: Beginning a new series of articles, Mark Wegierski lays the groundwork towards demonstrating that the recent events in Quebec are finally some good news for conservatives

Fight the future! The next federal election will be one of the most important in Canadian history: With virtually all trends working against conservatives in Canada today, the next federal election is probably their last-ditch chance, argues Mark Wegierski

Thank Manning and Chrétien for today's prosperity: Canadians will learn what the Conservatives have in store for them with their second budget to be delivered today. John Williamson believes that Jim Flaherty should thank Preston Manning and Jean Chrétien for the opportunities he has

 In search of new "cadres" for a Canadian renewal: Whether one calls them infrastructures or cadres, conservatives in Canada are greatly in need of them, argues Mark Wegierski

The Canada – U.S. Free Trade Agreement: The be-all and end-all of Brian Mulroney’s achievements: Brian Mulroney won two elections and should have a sizable complement of accomplishments to his name. That unfortunately isn't true, says Mark Wegierski

Education really is the key to society and the future - Part Two: Towards "normative" totalitarianism?: Mark Wegierski continues his look at the philosophical ramifications of the Canadian education system

Education really is the key to society and the future - Part One: A crisis from ECE to post-grad: If a nation can be characterized by the values that inform its educational systems, writes Mark Wegierski, then Canada is in dire circumstances

Where are Tory tax promises?: Canada's Conservatives were elected partly because they were perceived to be financially responsible. Unfortunately that hasn't come to pass, writes John Williamson

Canada's identity crisis: Looking back to the mid-1990s: Although Canada has always seemed to suffer a crisis of identity Mark Wegierski believes that the nation did indeed have one until fairly recently

A tale of two wounds: If Daniel M. Ryan complains about the Canadian health care system it's because he knows how broken it is from firsthand experience

Lessons from the past: Brian Mulroney and the failure of Canadian conservatism in the 1980s: Mark Wegierski continues his two-part series on the missed opportunity for Canadian conservatives that were the Mulroney Years

Lessons from the past: Brian Mulroney and the failure of Canadian conservatism in the 1980s: In the first of a series, Mark Wegierski traces the failure of Canadian conservatism today to former prime minister Brian Mulroney, a conservative in name only

Canadian media bias: A sketch from the 1980s to today (Part Two): Mark Wegierski continues his look at the liberal bias which has Canada's media unable to truly allow intellectual diversity in its reporting

Canadian media bias: A sketch from the 1980s to today (Part One): American conservatives aren't the only ones that have to deal with media bias. In Canada, writes Mark Wegierski, the Fifth Estate works against the movement as well

Canadian conservatism at the dawn of 2007: Where is the infrastructure?: New Year, same problem. Mark Wegierski reports that Canada still lacks an eco-system for conservatives and that the movement can't thrive until one exists

There is a diversity of people in Canada -- but what unites them?: Canadian intellectuals and politicians have succeeded in their goal of diversifying the formerly British/French nation but Mark Wegierski wonders what ties the new country together

Shades of fading blue: Canadian conservatives' quest for a "National Review North" publication has mostly failed: In the United States the National Review helped spark the modern conservative movement. Up north, writes Mark Wegierski, Canadian conservatives are still waiting for a national, enduring conservative magazine

Private drive?: Daniel M. Ryan recently went on a road trip -- one that included a visit to the hometown of ESR -- and was reminded by an old Mike Harris promise of privatized roads in the province of Ontario

A return to the national question in Canada and Quebec: As predictable as snow in November "the question" as returned in Canadian politics, namely Quebec sovereignty and whether Canada is really a coherent nation, writes Mark Wegierski

The debate is not yet over: Gun control seems a permanent reality in Canada but Clive Edwards argues that a court fight being led by Bruce Montague may change the landscape considerably

Income trust changes more light than heat: A storm of controversy was unleashed when Canada's conservative government announced the taxation of income trusts. John Williamson says a close look at the changes reveals that they aren't quite as bad as most people think

'Til debt do us part? - With a plan Ottawa's debt can be eliminated: Adam Taylor praises Canada's federal government for its surpluses and debt repayment but he believes that it could work even faster

Will the Accountability Act be hijacked by the unaccountable?: Adam Taylor and John Williamson argue that if Senate Liberals refuse to pass the Conservative government's Federal Accountability Act, Stephen Harper should take his case directly to the Canadian people

Lost: The exit strategy of The Jack Layton Show: It's not only America's Democrats that aren't serious about the War on Terror. Jackson Murphy examines recent statements made by Canada's top socialist, Jack Layton

Corporate welfare rears its ugly head -- Again!: Canada's Conservative Party was elected partly as a backlash to the 'politics as usual' approach of the Liberal Party but John Williamson says it didn't take long for things to go back to the old ways

The beginning of the end: If Canada's Conservative government lives up to its election promises, says Steven Martinovich, the Canada Wheat Board will eventually be little more than history

Rogue male: North Korea's test of its Taepodong-2 missile last week may have been a failure but it nonetheless should signal to Canadians that they too face a threat from the communist regime, argues Steven Martinovich

Investigate the gun registry: Canada's national gun registry has been plagued by cost overruns and fraud and John Williamson says Canadians deserve to know why

An alternate Canada: The high and the low: In a thought experiment, Daniel Ryan pens some hypothetical newspaper reports from the near future describing a Canada that may yet still evolve

Conservative military spending promises may be too little, too late: Canada's Conservative Party is promising to pump billions into the nation's military. While Steve Martinovich welcomes the money, he thinks it might be too late

The wall comes (slowly) tumbling down: Steve Martinovich doesn't usually offer praise to Quebec politicians but an announcement last week on health care gave him reason to do so

Conservatives win only a slim minority government in Canada: The recent victory by the Conservative Party in Canada likely won't mean much for the future of conservatism in Canada, argues Mark Wegierski

The end of Canadian conservatism?: Is conservatism in Canada on its last legs? Mark Wegierski believes that all the signs are pointing to its eventual death

Paul Martin ignores reality (again): Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin's recent pledge to ban handguns shows will do nothing to combat the rising tide of violence on Canadian streets, argues Christopher di Armani



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