How I finally made peace with the CFL

I still prefer the NFL to the CFL. But I’ve gained a brand-new appreciation for the Canadian game

How I finally made peace with the CFLFor years, I’ve written columns and op-eds declaring my preference for the National Football League over the Canadian Football League. The former was described as a superior organization in terms of teams, players, skills and quality of game, while the latter was depicted as either a weak sister or mediocre by comparison. In March, I…

Kicking off a Thanksgiving origins debate, Canadian style

The first Thanksgiving was reportedly celebrated in Newfoundland on May 27, 1578, 41 years before the first American celebration

Kicking off a Thanksgiving origins debate, Canadian styleCanadians just finished celebrating Thanksgiving. Their turkeys, beef roasts, hams or other dishes were cooked with great care. An abundance of side dishes, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, steamed vegetables and cranberry sauce, were laid out. Some had a pumpkin pie for dessert and watched the Canadian Football League's Thanksgiving Day Classic between the Edmonton Eskimos…

Touchdown! Donald Trump scores in his fight with NFL players

Five easy ways the president will win his battle with NFL players over taking a knee during the U.S. anthem

Touchdown! Donald Trump scores in his fight with NFL playersU.S. President Donald Trump ignited a firestorm when he told a Huntsville, Ala., rally, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of the NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now!’” For someone who “wasn’t preoccupied with the NFL” before criticizing players for taking…

Canadians need a civics education refresher

Americans are woefully ignorant of basic government functions; Canadians aren't far behind

Canadians need a civics education refresherCivics education hasn’t been a top priority in most Canadian schools for years. While that’s hardly front page news, the bigger concern is that we understand very little about what our nation is and the foundations upon which it was built. The evidence? In December 2008, Dominion Institute/Ipsos Reid conducted a survey of 1,070 Canadians. The…

Who will NDP members pick as their next leader?

Four distinct candidates offer very different views on how socialism and social democracy will evolve in Canada

Who will NDP members pick as their next leader?In a few weeks, the federal New Democratic Party will have a new leader. The four remaining candidates have very different visions for Canada – and, quite frankly, for the future of Canadian socialism and social democracy. Here’s a quick overview. Charlie Angus, the MP for Timmins-James Bay, has emerged as the establishment candidate (of…

Liberals caught with their political pants down

The political narrative has suddenly shifted to how the federal Liberal government is hurting the middle class’s financial future

Liberals caught with their political pants downFederal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s proposal to eliminate tax loopholes for small business has been both widely discussed and heavily criticized. This isn’t surprising when you consider it could have a detrimental economic effect on everyone from doctors to farmers. But one component has been mysteriously absent from this conversation: Morneau’s plan is actually anti-egalitarian.…

Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversy

The allegations against Calgary MP Darshan Kang should have been met with quick action by the prime minister. Why weren't they?

Trudeau stumbles in the face of caucus controversyA politician’s true mettle is on full display when faced with a controversy. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surely knows this political rule of thumb. Alas, he was all fingers when faced with a situation that required immediate action but received longer-than-expected inaction: the controversy involving Darshan Kang. A former Alberta Liberal MLA, Kang was elected as…

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage 

While a higher minimum wage benefits workers, it can be detrimental to small and large businesses

The case against raising Ontario’s minimum wage Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne faces an uphill battle in her bid for re-election, so she’s tossed out a few political goodies in an attempt to increase her popular support before next year’s vote. Her biggest gift – or sop, depending on your perspective – is a significant increase to the minimum wage. Workers in Ontario…

How political branding crippled Ezra Levant’s website

Mainstream conservatives avoid any connection with the alt-right label, yet The Rebel has been fascinated with this fringe collective

How political branding crippled Ezra Levant’s websiteEzra Levant and I have known each other for years. It wasn’t uncommon for people to compare us, due to similarities in our age, background and political ideology. Yet, we weren’t the same. We’re both political conservatives and free-speech advocates, but we write, speak and think differently. Moreover, our political brands began to diverge as…

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacy

His populist conservative instincts broke new ground in Saskatchewan, making him one of the greatest premiers this nation has known

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall leaves a remarkable political legacySaskatchewan Premier Brad Wall recently announced he will retire from politics. It will be a huge loss for his province, country and the Canadian conservative movement. Some critics argue that Wall’s political legacy is more fiction than fact. They claim he simply had the good fortune to govern when centre-right politics was in vogue in…
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