To end racial inequality, Canada must embrace equal rights and obligations

Canadian elites accepted the old-world model of political and social organization based on identification with racial groups

To end racial inequality, Canada must embrace equal rights and obligationsColumnist and author Richard Gwyn wrote that the 1950s was a time “when Canadians came to realize and believe that a ‘new nationality’ could be political rather than ethnic, or composed of  values and attitudes, rather than races.” Gwyn, author of Nation Maker – Sir John A. Macdonald: His Life, Our Times, a biography of Canada’s first prime…

Why we need to make room for alternative lenders

Crackdowns fail to recognize that alternative lenders are the last hope for Canadians shut out of the traditional lending market

Why we need to make room for alternative lendersThe media often portray alternative lenders as slippery, unethical loan sharks who exploit the poor. When targeting the sector and not just a few bad apples, such stories are easy, cheap hit jobs. New Brunswick Sen. Pierrette Ringuette, for example, recently described alternative loans to CBC Marketplace as “an abusive financial process that needs to…

Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugees

The only way to stop people from fleeing their countries is to hold their governments' culpable for their citizen's suffering

Compassion and reform, not walls, will halt the flood of refugeesEven when boundaries define arbitrary lines between territories, they embody deeper symbolic, cultural, historical and religious meaning that’s often contested for legitimacy. Our belief that borders are indisputable has at times led to remarkable efforts to establish permanent barriers as statements of sovereignty and against foreign intrusion. The Great Wall of China, built for defence…

Stuck in a dangerous information echo chamber

When we limit our media consumption to one side of the political spectrum, we get a distorted picture of reality

Stuck in a dangerous information echo chamberEveryone likes positive affirmation. It’s nice knowing that while the rest of the world has gone crazy, your friends have your back. It feels even better when you have thousands of friends agreeing with everything you say. Frankly, that’s the power of social media, where positive affirmation is only a few clicks away. Social media…

Pandemic alarmism exposes science’s deficiencies

Health experts and politicians camouflage their failure by using the only weapon left in their arsenal - instilling fear

Pandemic alarmism exposes science’s deficienciesWe recently marked the anniversary of the COVID-19 confinements that were only supposed to last for only a few weeks. In many ways, fear became the pandemic. Different people drive the COVID-19 fear, but its principal generators are statisticians and the medical bureaucrats – the experts ‘advising’ the politicians, who in turn display appearances of…

Keep government out of the internet business

Keep government out of the internet businessManitoba’s Opposition New Democratic Party proposes the creation of a new Crown corporation to provide high-speed internet service to rural and remote communities, particularly First Nations communities, in that province. This is a bad idea for several reasons. A host of private-sector and government organizations are launching enormous flotillas of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites to…

We need a better governor general. We don’t need to abolish the post

Trudeau’s proclivity for celebrity culture has brought shame to the institution of the Queen’s representative

We need a better governor general. We don’t need to abolish the postSince 1541, Canada’s vice-regal representatives have been lieutenant-governors, viceroys, governors and governors general. Vincent Massey, who served from 1952 to 1959, was the first Canadian-born governor general. All his successors have been Canadians, most of them well qualified for the job. After 476 years of vice-regal leadership, along came celebrity astronaut Julie Payette in 2017.…

Travel restrictions are one step too far

Enough is enough

Travel restrictions are one step too farThe COVID-19 pandemic has revealed more than ever that those who trade freedom for security can’t stand people preferring the former. By ignoring rules they force onto others, such as travel restrictions, politicians reveal the primary goal was power all along, not safety. Earlier this year, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau instituted additional travel restrictions…

Freedom of the press? Not in an era of internet censorship

Freedom of the press will diminish as long as the new culture of controlling online content persists

Freedom of the press? Not in an era of internet censorshipIn November, the winner of the first Canada-United Kingdom Media Freedom Award was announced by government representatives. The prize is designed to promote free press globally and encourage other nations to improve security for reporters. It was awarded to the Belarusian Association of Journalists. The association from Minsk has won several awards for its work…

The best response to more lockdowns? Civil disobedience

Lockdowns can't be the new normal

The best response to more lockdowns? Civil disobedienceIn Ontario, Alberta, B.C. and elsewhere, churches are pushing back against COVID-19 lockdowns, staying open and advising people to practise civil disobedience. Such behaviour must be replicated across Canada. The draconian pandemic response from the provincial and federal governments has paved the way for a permanently expanded state. Imposing strict restrictions on the economy a…

How Canada botched its campaign for vaccines

The proven determinants of scientific progress – collaboration, a plan, guaranteed funding, transparency – are nowhere to be found

How Canada botched its campaign for vaccinesThe Human Genome Project (HGP) stands as one of mankind’s most remarkable achievements. Its significance is easily equal to, or even eclipses, James Watson and Francis Crick’s discovery of DNA’s helical structure, or Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. The goal was to determine the position and function of the more than 100,000 genes…

Canada must stand up to China now

The Chinese government wants to dominate all other nations, seeking submission on its terms. We must resist

Canada must stand up to China nowThe vote by Canada’s Parliament to declare the actions of the Chinese government a genocide against the Uyghur people highlights the growing discordance between Western democracies and the increasingly repressive and aggressive Chinese regime. The Chinese government also engages in cultural repression, surveillance or discrimination against its Tibetan, Mongolian and Korean minorities. China has benefited…

Untreated non-COVID-19 patients just “collateral damage”

12 months in, health-care system still can't provide Canadians with timely care while dealing with COVID-19

Untreated non-COVID-19 patients just “collateral damage”It has been a year since the world was brought to its knees by a microscopic particle known as COVID-19. Since then, the virus has taken the lives of more than 22,000 Canadians and infected another 940,000. But those are just the numbers that show up on media screens and government paperwork. The real human…

Is Canada on a well-worn path to destruction?

There are surprising commonalities in the rise and fall of 11 historic empires. Canada is on the same path

Is Canada on a well-worn path to destruction?Could Canada soon meet its end, given its many divides and increasing public debt? If Sir John Glubb is right, the answer is yes. Glubb’s 1976 work, The Fate of Empires and Search for Survival, found surprising commonalities in the rise and fall of 11 historic empires. Although they spanned 3,000 years and varied geography,…

Manitoba government too involved in insurance business

Unsurprisingly, as a government car insurance monopoly, MPI’s history is marked by politics

Manitoba government too involved in insurance businessBy Graham Lane Contributor Frontier Centre for Public Policy Manitoba Public Insurance (MPI) is in updating its computer programs and associated practices. Through an estimated multimillion-dollar effort, MPI plans to provide its customers with online services. With MPI’s long-needed revamped technology, licensed drivers and vehicle owners will be able to select insurance options and pay…

Modern monetary theory threatens to weaken economic progress

MMT leads to more government control over the economy and turns central banks into a political tool

Modern monetary theory threatens to weaken economic progressPublic debt is not a problem, suggests the big idea behind modern monetary theory (MMT). That’s a faulty and dangerous assumption. The current economic crisis has allowed MMT to gain influence among the political class. Among the people who developed United States President Joe Biden’s economic program is Stephanie Kelton, a former economic adviser to…

Federal government’s vaccine rollout all about politics

Priorities based more on the shortage of vaccines than ensuring vulnerable populations are inoculated

Federal government’s vaccine rollout all about politicsRecent guidance for vaccine distribution published by the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) shows how horribly politicized Canada’s pandemic response has been. At the very point of administering the ‘jab of life,’ the government can still not play it straight and follow what’s actually the science, which is the reality of who gets sick,…

Judge leaders by their abilities, not their origins

Excellence is not determined by birthplace but by an approach to success

Judge leaders by their abilities, not their originsThere is wisdom in the longstanding adage about offering unsolicited advice, which is independent of whether the advice given is good, bad or petty. This is because it’s difficult to offer unsolicited advice without actively joining or appearing to join a busybody club. Publicly given ‘advice’ always begs the question of intentions, agendas and ambitions.…

Universal basic income has been tested and failed

Finland acknowledged its two-year experiment a total failure

Universal basic income has been tested and failedThe COVID-19 crisis has brought back to the forefront the idea of a universal basic income or guaranteed annual income. It’s an idea that should be abandoned. In response to the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 restrictions, the Canadian government has implemented the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). Eligible people receive $2,000 for a…

Trump’s impeachment trial was a perversion of justice

These absurdities don't fit any legitimate expectation of a legal proceeding, let alone a trial of the most powerful person on the planet

Trump’s impeachment trial was a perversion of justiceSince judges exist for the essential goal of delivering justice to fellow citizens, a vigorous ethical commitment should be a key part of their professional code. Spanish moral philosopher Adela Cortina notes that corruption is encouraged by the weakening of the internal good. The world had front-row seats to the judicial proceedings in the second…

We must still be on guard against insidious communism

Long before university, students are indoctrinated to view traditional values as a kind of white supremacy

We must still be on guard against insidious communism“We will take America without firing a shot,” said Nikita Khrushchev, the leader of Soviet Russia from 1958 to 1964. The Soviet Union may have vanished, but old Marxist strategies are still being implemented. The 1969 lecture More Deadly Than War: The Communist Revolution in America, by G. Edward Griffin, is just as relevant today.…

Alberta had no business pumping public money into Keystone XL

Given what was known about Keystone XL, it’s hard to understand the decision-making the government undertook to buy into the scheme

Alberta had no business pumping public money into Keystone XLThe long-suffering citizens of Alberta recently learned that they’re on the hook for yet more billions of dollars via an ill-advised investment in an oil pipeline. The Keystone XL project was festooned with red flags well before the injection of hard-earned and now lost taxpayer funds. Political risk can be hard to quantify but it’s…

Troubling trends for human rights in China and India

Genocide is the outcome of nationalistic, populist movements that tolerate hate speech and discrimination and incite violence

Troubling trends for human rights in China and IndiaIf left unaddressed, the rising extremism and persecutions in China and India will undermine the well-being of millions of people. These acts will also set a precedent the international community will regret for generations, both in terms of the human cost and the undermining of many gains made in human rights over the past several…

Indigenous housing crisis can be solved using market forces

Only the private sector can deliver the high-quality housing that reserves need. Government waiting lists will never catch up

Indigenous housing crisis can be solved using market forcesAdequate housing – especially in remote and northern locations – is an intractable problem facing First Nation communities. The high cost of housing in these locations and the never-ending cycle of backlogs plague reserve communities across Canada. The federal government must pledge to make housing a commitment on the same level as safe drinking water…

19 steps to reviving Canada’s lackluster economy

We need to increase personal income, improve living standards and pay down the mountain of debt

19 steps to reviving Canada’s lackluster economyThe federal government is preparing a budget to be unleashed on the public and the financial markets sometime in March. We can be terrified at the prospect of more huge debt taken on by our servants on Parliament Hill. Or we can hope they may take a more creative, constructive and growth-generating approach. Here are…

The wasted pursuit of social licence for oil exploration

Canada wasn’t targeted for international outrage because it was a threat to the global climate, but simply because it was an easy target

The wasted pursuit of social licence for oil explorationFor several decades, Canada was the focus of a global attack on its natural resource economy, with its oil sands deposits (the world’s third-largest oil reserve) ranked as public enemy number one. Though only a tiny contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions (about 1.6 per cent of the total), the oil sands were seen as…

Gig economy offers new efficiencies for public sector

Unfortunately, government hiring rules and public sector unions make it hard to leverage the gig economy

Gig economy offers new efficiencies for public sectorMy landlord friend had a problem and the solution was so novel he had to tell me about it. He lives in Winnipeg but his house tenant in Regina couldn’t remove snow from the property. Not long ago, finding someone to deal with that might have been difficult or expensive, especially if a long-term arrangement…

Suspect COVID-19 test upended human rights around the world

Portuguese court finds that the test, in itself, is unable to determine, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a person is infected

Suspect COVID-19 test upended human rights around the worldEvery day, the news tells us about new COVID-19 positive test results. But are they reliable? Kary Mullis, the late inventor of the diagnostic test for SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19, explained how his test could be misused. So did a Portuguese court that ruled a positive test is an insufficient basis to isolate or…

New Nova Scotia premier must seize opportunity for economic change

Nova Scotia is envied for its commitment to the environment. But it must also more aggressively encourage resources and startups

New Nova Scotia premier must seize opportunity for economic changeThe Nova Scotia Liberal Party has chosen a new leader so it’s important to think about the policy priorities of the province’s new premier, Iain Rankin. Although an election doesn’t need to be held until spring 2022, Elections Nova Scotia is already preparing for one as early as April 1 of this year. The premier…

Biden using COVID-19 to advance radical policies

The pandemic has plunged the West into a state of fear, with more people willing to accept greater government interference

Biden using COVID-19 to advance radical policiesIn his first days in office, President Joe Biden rescinded a Donald Trump-era order that restricted the United States government’s use of diversity training to examine issues around race and gender bias, and systemic racism. In doing so, he will be advancing radical and divisive racial politics that have plagued his Democratic Party and popular…
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