Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts eroding

Without that trust, public officials lose their social licence to govern

Trust in the competence of politicians, health experts erodingThe heartbreaking death of Nathanael Spitzer, the cancer-stricken boy from Ponoka, exposed a most callous streak in Alberta’s medical bureaucracy. There’s no forgiving how Alberta Health Services appallingly used a child’s death to promote yet more COVID-19 fear. However, one should dismiss the promise from Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Deena Hinshaw, to process…

Why we shouldn’t take Trudeau’s tears seriously

Actions speak louder than words

Why we shouldn’t take Trudeau’s tears seriouslyThe age-old expression that actions speak louder than words conveys an important insight: character is best judged through action. Anyone can say or promise anything, but following through requires ability, skill, discipline, and commitment. So the simplest test of character is to pay attention to deeds. Plutarch, the first-century Greek biographer, refined the test. He…

Calgary mayor already straying off course

Declaring an environmental emergency without debate is manipulatively undemocratic

Calgary mayor already straying off courseCalgary recently swore in its first female mayor, Jyoti Gondek, and she has already delivered a troubling message. A week earlier, less than 24 hours after winning the mayoral race, she gave her first post-election talk-radio interview to 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen, mostly involving a series of softball questions. He asked her the obligatory woke…

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?

Jurisdictions with the most repressive lockdowns have higher death rates per case

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?The most mentioned reason for lockdowns has been the protection of health-care systems. The claim is that such protection saves lives. So is it fair to ask how well health systems are performing their lockdown life-saving duty? There are several points from which one can compare health jurisdictions and their fight against COVID-19. One can…

COVID-19 strategy must pivot or we will remain in an endless cycle

Even if everyone is vaccinated, the spread of infection won't stop

COVID-19 strategy must pivot or we will remain in an endless cycleAlberta Premier Jason Kenney’s plan to treat the coronavirus as endemic is the way out of the COVID-19 crisis. That he has adopted provincial restrictions for the fourth time doesn’t negate the endemic approach. But his declaration that we have “a crisis of the unvaccinated” offers no solution. The newest health impositions reveal a vaccine…

Alberta’s approach to COVID-19 has been medically and tactically absurd

Playing on fears, bribing and threatening to produce compliance is unconscionable

Alberta’s approach to COVID-19 has been medically and tactically absurdI am sorry to be so frank to a man whom I admired and from whom I expected good things. I confess that in younger days, I thought of Albertans mainly as people who cornered too slowly on mountain roads. But I learned, partly from you, that I must think much more of them than…

Cheap talk and unsubstantiated claims hamper reconciliation

Vacuous electoral promises and virtue-signalling schemes won’t deliver the outcomes Indigenous Canadians need

Cheap talk and unsubstantiated claims hamper reconciliationCanada has consistently failed to make progress commensurate with the many lofty pronouncements and expectations on the Indigenous file. It’s a national shame that most Indigenous Canadians on reservations live far below acceptable socio-economic standards. Money isn’t the problem. By 2022, the federal budget allocations to Indigenous will have doubled since 2016 to nearly $25…

Health budget should pay for increased Kananaskis use

After all, the high demand for outdoor activities springs from a need for physical activity provoked by government Covid-19 restrictions

Health budget should pay for increased Kananaskis useRising costs to operate Alberta’s Kananaskis parks should come out of the province’s health budget. As soon as the provincial government imposed a lockdown in March 2020, Albertans headed outdoors in greater numbers than ever. However, the province and municipal governments soon restricted outdoor gatherings as well. Recall the hysterical complaints about seeing people walking…

Free up small business to rebuild Canada’s devastated economy

We must free internal trade, reform banking and telecommunications and increase incentives for retraining

Free up small business to rebuild Canada’s devastated economyBy Sara MacIntyre and Marco Navarro-Genie Frontier Centre for Public Policy Canadians want change. It’s been more than a generation since we’ve felt the kind of overreaching power of government we’ve experienced in the past year. Daily freedoms have been curtailed, millions of livelihoods impaired, savings drained and countless fines and arrests created for new…

Kenney may be down but he’s not out

His low popularity comes from his miscalculations and not from his opponents’ abilities

Kenney may be down but he’s not outAlberta Premier Jason Kenney is in some trouble. A recent opinion survey put the Opposition NDP and its leader Rachel Notley ahead of the United Conservative Party (UCP), within reach of forming a majority if a vote were held now. Kenney’s popularity has eroded during the COVID-19 crisis, even though – or perhaps because of…

How dare Kenney denigrate legitimate Alberta protests

A wise statesman doesn’t diminish the moral choices of the people he serves

How dare Kenney denigrate legitimate Alberta protestsAlberta Premier Jason Kenney recently posted on social media his reaction to protests on the steps of the legislature and GraceLife Church just west of Edmonton. Hundreds gathered at the legislature in Edmonton on April 12, including many other parts of the province. Those who know Kenney would recognize his style and tone in the…

Alberta can forget becoming the 51st American state

Joe Biden’s affinity for a Green New Deal and a great reset shows the same hostility for hydrocarbon energy that Trudeau does

Alberta can forget becoming the 51st American stateAs many as a third of Albertans steadily favour breaking away from Canada, according to polls. Some even believe that joining the U.S. as a 51st state is the best option, but that seems less likely now. The impulse to reject Canada is as old as British North America and is rooted in issues that…

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…

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.…

Our biggest COVID-19 problem is undue panic

Our biggest COVID-19 problem is undue panicSeven months since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, against evidence and common sense, media, elected officials and health experts continue peddling the panic that gripped them in March. Almost daily, headlines announce new records in the number of COVID-19 cases. The federal health minister, the chief medical officer and the prime minister are ringing bells…

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 reality

Given that infections don’t by a long shot equal hospitalizations, civil libertarians are rightly sounding warning bells

Lockdown hysteria defies COVID-19 realityOn Sept. 18, Israel became the first developed country to launch a second COVID-19 lockdown. It came four months after the first lockdown – instituted in March – ended. How Israeli citizens have reacted to the unsustainable nature of renewed lockdowns is instructive for the Canadian jurisdictions that have increased a rhetoric of fear about…

University of Calgary accused of being racist haven

Be skeptical when claims indiscriminately vilify an entire community of scholars and workers

University of Calgary accused of being racist havenThe University of Calgary has admitted to being a systemically racist institution against Blacks, Indigenous people and other people of colour. The revelation by its executive team has hardly received any attention. The shocking admission was made on June 24, which coincidentally is when John Cabot landed in Newfoundland in 1497. Only three weeks earlier,…

Trudeau has eroded Canada’s place in the world

The image of the hip and virtuous leader that some media and voters hold of our prime minister is not what leaders of other nations see

Trudeau has eroded Canada’s place in the worldAfter boastfully declaring that he would enhance Canada’s place on the international scene, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau failed in his bid to secure a United Nations Security Council seat. Canada’s place in the world has been effectively eroded under his watch. Foreign policy matters, so Trudeau is right in drawing attention to it in his…

The overblown panic of COVID-19

We trampled, in fear, over memory and institutions, obsessively protective and morally dismissive of dignity and human life

The overblown panic of COVID-19The schizophrenic aspects of Canadian culture and their influence on governments’ behaviour are increasingly evident. The most palpable example lies in how we trampled, in fear, over memory and institutions, obsessively protective and morally dismissive of dignity and human life simultaneously. The COVID-19 lockdown has been a strange time for people who are struggling to…

The lockdown failed our most vulnerable

Political spin to distract from the disaster in senior care centres will solve nothing. The industrial warehousing model must be questioned

The lockdown failed our most vulnerableThe COVID-19 lockdown sought to protect the health-care system and the most vulnerable. Health authorities quite early identified that the elderly and those with chronic conditions were most vulnerable. Various leaders reminded us that among those most at risk were members of the Greatest Generation, the Canadian men and women who defeated the Nazi scourge.…

Sweden forged a COVID-19 path that preserves freedom

The Swedish achievement in the face of international panic lies in remaining true to political traditions and democracy

Sweden forged a COVID-19 path that preserves freedomMuch attention has been given to Sweden for its distinct approach to COVID-19 among Western nations. As more jurisdictions wrestle with lifting economic restrictions, Sweden is praised and condemned. People readily condemn Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrat (Sweden’s NDP equivalent) government for not emulating China and for violating what Swedish academicians called the “lockdown…

Radical, inhuman ideology endangers oil patch

The authors of a letter to Trudeau say most aid should be expedited but for oil companies, which need to be trapped in a bureaucratic nightmare

Radical, inhuman ideology endangers oil patchWhen professors around the country were busy figuring ways to deliver their classes online, two faculty members at the University of Alberta wrote a letter and enlisted the endorsement of 200-plus of their leisured colleagues at 33 universities in Canada. A crisis must not be wasted. From the privileged positions of publicly-paid jobs, the Alberta…

A perfect economic storm for Alberta

Province struggles to deal with a devastating drop in oil prices, the impact of COVID-19 and the federal agenda to kill the industry

A perfect economic storm for AlbertaThree concurrent and independent elements are preventing Alberta from realizing the full potential of its energy resources. It’s generally said that good things come in threes. The Latin expression ‘omne trium perfectum’ conveys the idea that things that come in threes are more complete. The expression has an optimistic ring – but not for Alberta’s…

Laurentian regime seems intent on alienating Alberta

The federal government has tried to extort political gain from Alberta in exchange for approval of projects, while pushing job-killing policies

Laurentian regime seems intent on alienating AlbertaAlbertans didn’t need to hold their breath for Ottawa’s approval of the Frontier oil sands mine. Reports of massive opposition within the Liberal Party caucus and rumours of an appeasing economic aid package for the province were strong indicators that the federal cabinet had no intention of approving the Frontier mine in northern Alberta. In…

Alberta needs a better deal from better neighbours

Quebec and B.C. are committing constitutional mutiny, preventing Alberta from developing solutions to being landlocked. It’s time for independence

Alberta needs a better deal from better neighboursWhen it comes to trading in markets beyond its boundaries, Alberta would have better options as an independent state than under the status quo currently blocking some of its resources. Alberta is landlocked and landlocked states depend on their neighbours for access to trading seaports. It’s the reason some people quip that an independent Alberta…

Want to help Harry and Meghan? Leave them be

The principal issue is that Harry and his wife are not interested in, nor apparently have the resilience for, performing public duties

Want to help Harry and Meghan? Leave them bePersonal autonomy and the exercise of individual conscience are cornerstones of western civilization. We expect mature individuals to accept that personal autonomy includes embracing the consequences of independent decisions. We have entrenched these values in the canon, from Magna Carta to Canada’s Constitution Act. So when Harry and Meghan, the duke and duchess of Sussex,…

Alberta independence push requires care

Quebec’s experience should offer a roadmap – and a cautionary tale – for Albertans intent on quickly divorcing from Canada

Alberta independence push requires careWhether they endorse or oppose the notion of an independent Alberta, Albertans would do well to proceed with caution. While Quebec went through two referendums in 15 years, it took decades for that province's sovereignty movement to develop. After the near-victory in 1995, the Bloc Québécois leader spoke about the need for “winning conditions” before…

Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandoned

Blocking Prairie oil is not about the environment. And neither is it about safety. It's all about politics and control

Alberta, Saskatchewan landlocked and abandonedIn mocking response to those wishing to separate, some quip that Alberta would remain landlocked the day after it becomes independent.  With a more respectful tone, Alberta’s premier used similar words in his recent “fair deal for Alberta” speech. Those endorsing and those opposing Alberta’s separation from Canada would benefit from a clear statement of…

Extinction Rebellion’s cult-like threat to society

Ultimately, they want nothing short of a transfer of democratic power to oligarchies of frantic enviro-zealots

Extinction Rebellion’s cult-like threat to societyCults obey a logic of their own rather than following the parameters of mainstream logic. Climate zealots who concertedly blockaded bridges and important public roads in order to help the planet against climate change defy common logic. Blockading traffic and at times endangering tens of thousands of commuters to pressure governments to listen to their…

Federal student job program puts Alberta at the back of the class

Study finds no link between the circumstances in the local economy, student unemployment and the level of subsidies handed out. So is it all political?

Federal student job program puts Alberta at the back of the classThose who argue that the Canadian federation exhibits plenty of fiscal and program biases against Prairie Canadians will see further evidence in a recent study from the Halifax-based Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS). The study, Rethinking Student Job Subsidies, authored by David Murrell and Alan Chan, is subtitled The Case for Regional Equity in…