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…

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroad

If supply chains are the backbone of our economy, the border is its spinal cord

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroadIn recent days, many Canadians have watched in disbelief as protesters easily blocked many access points between the United States and Canada. For six painful days, the blockades included the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., a key trade conduit between the two countries, forcing trucks to be rerouted towards Sarnia. Other border crossings were disrupted…

Now is the time for mass resignations from within the Ruling Class

The system of government we thought we had has proven to be illusory

Now is the time for mass resignations from within the Ruling ClassIf there is a historical precedent for the truckers’ revolt in Canada and the populist protests in so many other parts of the world, I would like to know what it is. It surely sets the record for convoy size, and it is historic for Canada. But there is much more going on here, something…

Canada must take a stand against China’s totalitarian use of tech

Democracies, even Canada, are beginning to wake up to the threats posed by China

Canada must take a stand against China’s totalitarian use of techIn an end-of-year message to Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that Beijing was playing democracies off against each other, suggesting the country might begin a much needed policy change to respond to China’s “coercive diplomacy.” Soon after, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, let it be known that the Trudeau government is developing…

All Canadians need to unite against the vax tax

The government answer to any problem is to hammer Canadians with higher taxes

All Canadians need to unite against the vax taxBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims Canadian Taxpayers Federation As we head into the third year of revolving government lockdowns, Canadians have every right to be furious. But we shouldn’t let politicians divide us. And we shouldn’t be duped into believing that we are going to tax our way out of a pandemic. “We’re looking…