China’s crackdown in Hong Kong an ominous sign of the times

Populism some call it, but the consequence in many regions around the world has been a slippage into autocracy

China’s crackdown in Hong Kong an ominous sign of the timesIn 1972, Mitchell Sharp, Canadian secretary of state for external affairs, famously penned his Third Option doctrine. It was not exactly anti-American but it was American-anxious. The idea was to reduce Canada’s vulnerability to swings in mood and trade from the United States by diversifying our economic, cultural and political relations, especially toward rising powers…

Questioning government is fundamental to democracy

Freedom of speech, freedom of the press and academic freedom are core principles in the functioning of a democracy. Yet today those who embrace these ideals are seen as anti-American

Questioning government is fundamental to democracyJewish-American songwriter Bob Dylan tells us, “Patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings.” We put democracy in peril when we equate questioning government policy with being unpatriotic or even racist. This is why the current situation in the United States is so puzzling. They actually established the international standard for good government…

Wilson-Raybould’s next political home?

The former Liberal cabinet minister doesn't fit the Conservative mould, nor does she belong with the NDP. So how about the Green Party?

Wilson-Raybould’s next political home?On April 2, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tossed former cabinet ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal caucus. Their cabinet resignations on principle and subsequent removal from caucus two months into the SNC-Lavalin controversy appear to be unprecedented in Canadian politics. Wilson-Raybould and Philpott haven’t determined what they’ll do next – or at…

Political parties have become a threat to Canada’s democracy

The Liberal caucus has shown again that it values blind obedience over principle and that it puts party before country

Political parties have become a threat to Canada’s democracyThey're gone! The caucus of the Liberal Party of Canada has officially expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould, former minister of Justice and attorney general, and Jane Philpott, former president of the Treasury Board. These one-time party stars have been forced from the governing party and won’t be allowed to run as Liberals in the upcoming federal election.…

Why the Ontario PCs need to bring back Randy Hillier

Differences of opinion are healthy in a democratic society. This is especially true for political parties

Why the Ontario PCs need to bring back Randy HillierShould the Ontario Progressive Conservatives have kicked out Randy Hillier? It’s a question that’s been asked since the longtime MPP was unceremoniously dumped from the caucus on March 15. Hillier’s lively appearance on TVO’s The Agenda with host Steve Paikin last week put the wheels back in motion. For me, the answer was obvious from…

Brain drain puts Venezuela at a further disadvantage

If 7% of the Venezuelan population has fled, that must include some of the best and brightest

Brain drain puts Venezuela at a further disadvantageWestern nations like Canada and the U.S. have watched the pressure-filled political situation in Venezuela with interest and concern. It’s a powder keg that seems ready to explode at any moment. And it may require our intervention. On one side is Venezeula’s presidential dictator, Nicolas Maduro. The former bus driver and trade unionist is a…

New generation of women find their voices in politics

They have a history of grassroots social activism and community involvement, and it serves us all well

New generation of women find their voices in politicsAngela Merkel has announced that this will be her last term as German chancellor. This has created some concern, as many credit her with navigating her country, the European Union and even the global community through many stormy waters in recent years. When we look around the world, however, we see that there is no…

Trudeau taking Canada down the road to authoritarianism

A democracy should respect the rule of law and the rights, values and tax dollars of its citizens

Trudeau taking Canada down the road to authoritarianismChina’s dictatorship, once the apparent favourite of Canada’s prime minister, has become his biggest problem. When Justin Trudeau first visited China as prime minister, the Chinese lauded him as the “Little Potato” (with his late father Pierre being the big one). The name may be apt. A young potato has no eyes. Now that a…

Trudeau is wrong to back intervention in Venezuela

Apparently it’s wrong for Russia to interfere in U.S. or Canadian elections, but okay for the U.S. and Canada to pick Venezuela’s leader

Trudeau is wrong to back intervention in VenezuelaLast spring, much of the opposition in Venezuela boycotted a presidential election, which they lost. Canadian monitors of the election reported that they “witnessed a transparent, secure, democratic and orderly electoral and voting process” and “felt confident that the result of the elections represents the will of the majority of Venezuelans who voted.” Prime Minister…

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystem

The Conservative government believes campus clubs that can’t survive on the open market shouldn’t exist. But this logic is flawed

Ontario takes the funding heart out of the student ecosystemLast week, Ontario Premier Doug Ford continued his reforms of the province’s colleges and universities. The big news came first. We learned about a cut to tuition and the elimination of free tuition for in-need students. After the cloud of that bomb cleared, we heard the other shocking news: Ford would soon allow students to…