Corporations are the new sovereign power

Throughout the entire Western world the idea of a ‘sovereign’ public is being eroded

Corporations are the new sovereign powerThis electoral season in Canada has exposed a shocking truth: We don’t really know what a democracy is. The Canadian Press is no help. It has focused on, and become obsessed with, individual party leaders’ popularity as though they were covering a horse race. Behind the scenes a general malaise has settled over the political…

Politics of fear is beneath Canadians

Harper is playing the fear card

Politics of fear is beneath CanadiansLet the games begin. Stephen Harper’s visit with Governor General David Johnston on Sunday dissolved the present Parliament, officially launching Canada’s 42nd federal election. This will be no electoral sprint; at 11 weeks, this is a marathon with time for several momentum changes – so campaign pacing will be critically important. The Conservative Party message…

The end of economics (as we know it)

Monetarism’s failings are giving rise to the new economy of wellbeing

The end of economics (as we know it)The world is changing. And while many of these changes are obvious, such as the revolution in technology or the tectonic shifts in world politics, there are also significant changes taking place in the ideas that underpin the science of economics. Why do these ideas matter? They matter because economics is a foundational science. The…

Alberta must prepare for the end of oil

The assumptions underpinning Alberta’s economy are wrong

Alberta must prepare for the end of oilAlberta is changing. It has a new NDP government, a scary new fiscal ‘reality’ with $60 oil and a millennial generation coming of age with a new lease on life. But Alberta is also linked to the past and a very particular set of economic assumptions. Alberta’s economic strategy remains solidly industrial, predicated on oil…

A vision for First Nations reconciliation

Healing the wounded relationships that exist between indigenous peoples and the broad population of Canada

A vision for First Nations reconciliationA First Nations friend of mine recently told me a remarkable story of an elder of his community who was recovering from illness. My friend thought the elder was about to drift away to sleep, but then suddenly he spoke. “I’ve had a long life, and I’ve seen much suffering, but I’m not defeated. I…

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership a good deal for Canada?

The difficulty lies in making TPP work for average Canadians

Is the Trans Pacific Partnership a good deal for Canada?Is the Trans Pacific Partnership a bulwark of freedom as proponents claim, or is Canada about to be shoehorned into another free trade deal that will continue the hollowing out of our economy? It depends on your perspective. The TPP, championed by U.S. President Barack Obama as an important addition to the world’s free-trade zone…

Rights are the key to First Nations citizenship

We now know for certain that the collective ownership premise is false

Rights are the key to First Nations citizenshipJoseph Quesnel, in his recent column for Troy Media, has opened one of the most important discussions of our time: are property rights a salvation for First Nations or part of a sinister Conservative plot to bring them under the rule of market forces? Quesnel accurately attacks the popular myth that property rights are black…

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a study in oppression

The Harper government takes a principled stand against China’s Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank a study in oppression‘Aunt’ Mai, my elderly neighbour, is a smallish (4’, 10”) wonderful Chinese woman who lives a quiet life in Edmonton caring for her sister and tending to her vegetable garden. She and her family escaped to Canada at a time when China’s communists were brutalizing her homeland. During the Cultural Revolution (1966 to 76), her…

Trust a vital quality for effective leadership

Trust has a practical impact on the bottom line. Just ask the oil industry

Trust a vital quality for effective leadershipIn a world that’s moving as rapidly and unpredictably as our world is today, what’s the ‘North Star’ for leaders, the one constant – in a universe of insecurity – that can ensure success? Trust. This was the compelling message put forward by Steven M.R. Covey, author of The Speed of Trust (and son of…

Welcome to Canada’s First Nations renaissance

A new generation of First Nations leaders are showing us how to make the capitalist system work for the entire community

Welcome to Canada’s First Nations renaissanceChief Reginald Bellerose of the Muskowekwan First Nation spoke with obvious pride as he explained his vision of a new and better future for his people. I was standing with the Chief on a snowy vacant lot on the outskirts of Regina. Bellerose was taking a few of us on a tour of the Nation’s…