Trudeau needs to be held to account for invoking Emergencies Act

The proposed COVID Commission should be charged with finding substantive answers to 16 questions

Trudeau needs to be held to account for invoking Emergencies ActWhile the following series is fictional, the principle objective is non-fictional – to explore the likelihood that sooner or later, Canadians will demand a full-scale investigation into the management of the COVID crisis by our federal government. At the commencement of the 2022 fall session of parliament, one of the first acts of the new…

Trudeau has irreparably damaged our country

“Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest” – Justin Trudeau, in a reference to protests in India

Trudeau has irreparably damaged our countryAsked why he supported some protests but was determined to crush the trucker convoy, Justin Trudeau answered without hesitation: He supported – and even participated in – protests he agreed with, but he did not support – and vowed to crush – those with “unacceptable views,” that is, views he disagrees with. We are now…

Putin’s invasion threatens to upend global agri-food industries

Could be another challenging year for our farmers, and consumers

Putin’s invasion threatens to upend global agri-food industriesHumanity just got dealt another blow with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Just thinking of the human cost is unbearable. And the agri-food sector has already been impacted by the conflict in more ways than one. Ukraine is Europe’s breadbasket, so this conflict will affect global commodity markets in a meaningful way. Wheat and corn futures…

The making of a Ukrainian hero

Zelenskyy’s refusal to give in to Putin’s demands and dreams of rebuilding the Soviet Union is awe-inspiring

The making of a Ukrainian heroDuring times of war and conflict, many memorable lines have been delivered by political and military leaders. A few notable examples include: Pericles’s appeal for war against Sparta, 432 BC: “We must live up to the standard they set: we must resist our enemies in any and every way, and try to leave to those…

Freedom Convoy shows we need direct democracy in Canada

Canada lacks a practical ability to channel frustrations from citizens to governments

Freedom Convoy shows we need direct democracy in CanadaA vast gulf exists between Canada’s chattering classes – many politicians, some journalists and a plethora of academics – and citizens on multiple issues, including most recently the self-described Freedom Convoy. It has much to do with the lack of the feedback mechanisms found in other countries: direct democracy, otherwise known as referendums, on laws…

Canada is becoming an authoritarian state

We are venturing into a new authoritarian version of what used to be a wonderful country

Canada is becoming an authoritarian stateThe discussions held by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premiers leading up to the imposition of The Emergencies Act will not be made public, but the results are obvious: All Premiers except one, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, told Trudeau not to do it. I’m sure that they all urged the Prime Minister to take…

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movement

The world is watching Canada. Trudeau must separate his blend of public health and authoritarianism

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movementPublic health doctors created vaccination mandates and vaccine passports. Doctors tabled the ideas. Politicians docilely followed doctors’ advice and turned it into policy. Ideas shaped the policy and policy formed a protest. Public policy made the truckers’ Freedom Convoy a reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response turned the protest into a global movement. The historic…

Free expression is still under threat with Bill-C11

Same pig with different lipstick

Free expression is still under threat with Bill-C11In the spring of 2021, the federal government faced considerable backlash for its clumsy attempt at regulating Canadian content on the Internet. Bill C-10 was concerned with “compelling companies like Netflix Inc and TikTok Inc to finance and promote Canadian content.” It was controversial, not least because the law could be read to target content…

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies Act

An overextension of government powers shot an arrow through the heart of our democracy

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies ActThe Freedom Convoy has dominated the domestic and international news cycle for nearly three weeks. The protest is in the process of coming to a stunning conclusion, based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act on Monday. Things were gradually winding down in recent days. Protesters were removed from the Ambassador…
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