Monthly Archives: May 2005

You would have expected some results after 50 years

Might I interest you briefly in politics? Oh dear. What a rude word. Besides, if you follow public affairs at all, you are already immersed in the stuff. Which is odder than it seems. Why are newspapers so full of … Continue reading

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Three-ring circus on the hill

Canadian politics has become a circus complete with clowns, tawdry sideshows and even a heartbreaker in a glamorous costume. It’s amusing for the peanut gallery, but a tough life for the participants and an increasingly bad deal for the audience.
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Beyond Mariposa

Stephen Leacock is one of those things you’re supposed to cherish if you’re Canadian, like Margaret Atwood or the Commissioner of Official Languages. I don’t care. I like him anyway. His acute sense of the absurd, his keen ear for … Continue reading

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Have confidence in our constitution and the rule of law

Is there a government in the House? Hair-pulling squabbles should not erupt among adults over whether a non-confidence motion swept Paul Martin out of office earlier this week. It is not a matter of theatrics or spin. Governments that can … Continue reading

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Define conservatism: Read the 1953 book that changed America’s way of thinking

The conservative mind? In 1953 it didn’t even seem to exist. When Russell Kirk first published The Conservative Mind: From Burke To Eliot in 1953, the New Deal meant prosperity, the United Nations meant perpetual peace and scientific … Continue reading

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