Democracy can’t afford to stifle dissent and discussion

Protesters have silenced free speech through a combination of media pressure, inflated security costs claims, boycotts, riots and violence

Democracy can’t afford to stifle dissent and discussionThe Cancel Culture has claimed another victim. Renowned poet George Elliott Clarke has backed out of giving the University of Regina’s Woodrow Lloyd Lecture over accusations from Indigenous activists that he associates with another poet with a criminal background. His talk was to have been titled ‘Truth and Reconciliation;’ versus the ‘Murdered and Missing’: Examining…

Words matter, outcomes matter more

In modern society, we tend to casually toss around words like racism and genocide. We need to be more respectful of these words – and their horrible history

Words matter, outcomes matter moreIf you are an activist who wants to persuade your fellow citizens of the correctness of your views, the first thing you should do is take control of the English language. Change the meanings of words so your enemies can be accused of any crime and your side can always claim the moral high ground.…

The revolution always eats its own children

History shows plenty of radicals who pushed too hard. We have plenty on today’s world stage

The revolution always eats its own childrenIn the summer and autumn of 1789, the French National Assembly overturned 1,000 years of law and custom to produce a modern constitutional democracy. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen spelled out all the new conditions of civil life: the abolition of feudalism and aristocratic titles, freedom from arbitrary arrest,…

Just who are the guardians of racial identity?

And what does that matter more than other qualities when it comes to electing politicians?

Just who are the guardians of racial identity?Society has become obsessed with identity. I’m old enough to remember when there was only one channel on the television and just two sexes. Humans came packaged as either male or female and vive la différence! Now I’m told that there are many, many genders: agender, genderqueer, neutrois, pangender, transgender, androgyne, bigender, transmaculine and two-spirit,…

The frivolity at the heart of climate change marches

Who knew that by shunning income and education we could do so much good, and that ignorance could save the planet?

The frivolity at the heart of climate change marchesIn the classic comedy Animal House, authorities deal the protagonists a crushing blow – for their many misbehaviours, our heroes’ fraternity is dissolved and they’re expelled from university. As they sit bemoaning their fate, one of the group demands that they go down fighting. He calls for revenge, saying, “Now we could do it with…

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experiment

It would be foolish to ignore the growing public unease that has followed increased levels of immigration

Quebec challenges Canada’s multicultural experimentNot long ago, Quebec was among the most intensely Catholic jurisdictions in the world. The church played a huge role in the province’s politics and social life; attendance at mass was extremely high; and large families (heeding the church’s mandate against birth control) contributed sons to the priesthood and daughters to the nunnery. The Quiet…

The high social cost of allowing human indulgences

You don’t discourage bad behaviour by making it easier and more pleasant to engage in. Except Canadians have when it comes to gambling and drug use

The high social cost of allowing human indulgencesNot long ago, governments prohibited behaviour that was bad for its citizenry, like gambling and smoking pot. But now, government seems to encourage it, to the detriment of society. In gambling, those insufficiently aware of statistical probabilities are induced to lose money to those with a deeper knowledge of the odds – a sort of…

Did Canada just dodge a war with the Philippines?

The garbage at the centre of an international dispute was to arrive in Vancouver on the weekend

Did Canada just dodge a war with the Philippines?Canadians have fought a lot of tough characters over the years. Sudanese warriors of the Mahdi, Boer guerrillas, armies of the German, Austrian and Japanese empires, Nazi SS, Red Chinese, North Koreans, Serbs, Croats and Taliban all came to rue the day they messed with the boys under the Maple Leaf banner. Heck, our navy…

Canada can end the China crisis in one simple move

Since we’re in an economic and moral conflict with China, why not do the entirely virtuous thing and withdraw our recognition of Beijing?

Canada can end the China crisis in one simple moveIn 1970, Pierre Trudeau’s Canadian government cut diplomatic ties with one government claiming to rule China and recognized another. It’s time to reverse that decision. Out went a longtime ally, the quasi-democratic Republic of China, based on the island of Taiwan, and in came the nasty tyranny known as the People’s Republic of China under…

Climate emergency claim is cynical and dangerous

From such a hollow declaration playing to a general anxiety about the future will come ill-considered actions with real consequences

Climate emergency claim is cynical and dangerous“If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be…