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Canada’s list of wrongs against minorities is long. On March 9, Justin Trudeau made a speech where he castigated Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his views on the niqab issue and civil liberties in general. “These are troubling times,” Trudeau said. “Across Canada, and especially in my home province, Canadians are being encouraged by their […]

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Young and old are fed up with mounting betrayals from their ‘betters.’ I foresee a collision coming. Not between French Canada and the rest, not between East and West (although there is a role played by these stresses) but between the “establishment” and the general public. The “establishment” is difficult to define except everyone knows […]

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Harper’s niqab stand seems ‘deliciously timed’ for a fall election. What the hell is the matter with us, anyway? The prime minister of Canada goes out of his way to criticize the Federal Court of Canada because it permitted a woman to take the oath of citizenship while wearing a niqab, a veil. She made […]

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Is Harper pushing us towards a new McCarthyism? Prime Minister Stephen Harper, unless thwarted by a surge of surprising voter intelligence, has found the winning formula. Leading his coven of three-piece-suit and pearl necklace know-nothings, he will rally the electorate in a rout of the mortally dangerous non-Christian hordes within and without our borders, saving […]

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Tankers safe! Protests rude! National Energy Board fair! Save Albertans’ asses! It is always so comforting to know that the Vancouver Sun cares enough for us to keep us impartially informed of matters environmental. For example, they’ve done it for us twice on the same day. In the Jan. 28 edition, Stephen Ewart provides, we […]

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Coming election a chance to register protest by voting in maverick MPs. This is scarcely a novel idea, but I suspect that the federal election this fall will have a new serious player: the Green Party. The Greens have long been a factor, but they haven’t gained any traction until recently. A couple of caveats. […]

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Fix our democracy’s mess, ignore boo birds’ silly myths. We have a dictator at 24 Sussex Drive. So was Trudeau. So was Chretien. In fact, though he had a smile on his face, so was Mulroney. We don’t acquire dictators by a putsch but all nice and legal like under a system which makes them […]

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Betting on mirage jobs, NDP leader downplays huge risks to citizens and nature. Dear B.C. New Democrat leader John Horgan, The reader response to my last article criticizing your support of the Liberal government’s LNG policy was substantial, and to be blunt, you didn’t fare well. Clearly, you and I don’t agree on this one […]

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What We Forgot on Remembrance Day

Where is the democracy our brave soldiers fought and died for? At our Remembrance Day ceremony in Lions Bay, we heard a great deal about sacrifices made in two world wars for democracy and freedom — a pretty constant theme, I dare say, right across the country. This troubles me greatly. Those who died for […]

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Radical as it sounds, government intervention is key to our survival. In 1989, we’ve been told, communism died. But did capitalism win? Perhaps for a while. It’s still acting as if it did, but time has shown that capitalism as we knew it is outdated, and to say the least, undemocratic. The reasons for communism […]

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