The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the left

The romance of the Leap Manifesto fails in the face of reality: hard-line socialism defies democracy

The NDP takes a dangerous Leap to the leftEDMONTON, Alta. April 18, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Alberta Premier Rachael Notley was “disappointed” when the recent federal NDP convention in Edmonton adopted the Leap Manifesto as a guide to party policy. She should not be alone. The Leap’s anti-hydrocarbon agenda was adopted despite being branded by Notley’s environment minister as a betrayal of the people…

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatter

The LEAP Manifesto is a paean to an imaginary world that is, in a counterintuitive way, dismally pessimistic

Rachel Notley wise to close off the LEAP chatterCALGARY, Alta. April 15, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canada's political pundits are slavering with glee. They're all agog at the opportunity to dive into the perceived spaces between the N, the D and the P – and do what pundits do: speculate, postulate and from time to time, prevaricate. The current object of their affections…

Is the progressive political movement set to stall?

Five areas creating tension within the progressive movement must be resolved

Is the progressive political movement set to stall?HAMILTON, Ont. April 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Progressive politics is clearly on a roll in Canada. In fact, some pundits question whether it has run out of new places to go. The next few months in federal politics should be telling. New Democrats were just in Edmonton for their federal convention. The Liberals hold…

Federal NDP once again on a path to irrelevance

NDP prepares to jettison its founding vision and sacrifice Alberta workers on the altar of extreme environmentalism

Federal NDP once again on a path to irrelevanceCALGARY, Alta. April 11, 2016/ Troy Media/ - History has caught up with the federal New Democratic Party. The third party emerged in the 1960s, at a time when there seemed to be little difference between the Liberals and then-Progressive Conservatives. The democratic socialist alternative stood for everything the two establishment parties did not: the little…

Fatuous progressive thought simply self-serving

Why are so-called progressive thinkers so afraid of sharing and legitimately debating ideas?

Fatuous progressive thought simply self-servingHAMILTON, Ont. April 8, 2016/ Troy Media/ - At the recent Broadbent Institute conference, progressive icon Gloria Steinem dropped a clanger that rates high among the most fatuous thoughts of this addled decade. “The power of the State,” Steinem opined, “stops at the skin.” Even in this moment of Donald Trump turning political speech into…

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .

News media increasingly less literate on complex issues simply because they no longer have the time to bone up on the basics

When the ‘facts’ get fractured by the media, nobody wins . . .CALGARY, Alta. April 3, 2016/ Troy Media/ - ‘Facts’ should be the arbiters of truth. But facts lose their efficacy when they are enslaved to perspectives rarely connected factually to each other. It’s the interplay between ‘facts’ and ‘opinion’ that does a disservice to the facts – and to anyone interested in learning the facts. Witness how the facts lost…

Butt-out Ontario! Vaping saves lives

Replacing cigarettes with vaping reaps health benefits within weeks, even days

Butt-out Ontario! Vaping saves lives[popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/03/vaping-saves-lives/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/vaping/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]vaping[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] CALGARY, Alta. March 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Ontario’s goal to help people make healthier choices by strengthening smoking and vaping laws is a perfect example of Nietzsche’s aphorism to take care when…

Lessons from the Scalia-Ginsburg friendship

Even as ideological opposites, they understood they both served for the greater good

Lessons from the Scalia-Ginsburg friendship//  scalia ginsburg friendship  scalia ginsburg friendship [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/lessons-from-the-scalia-ginsburg-friendship/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on the Scalia Ginsburg friendship [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] LETHBRIDGE, Alta. Feb 17, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Harvard professor of political science Harvey Mansfield points out that conservatives tend to have a better sense of humour…

Trudeau’s strategy brilliantly milquetoast

Trudeau is fulfilling his dream, as National Post columnist Tasha Kheiriddin put it, for the “Oprah-fication of Ottawa”

Trudeau’s strategy brilliantly milquetoast//  trudeau [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/trudeaus-strategy-brilliantly-milquetoast/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="0"]Download[/popup] this column on the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/justin-trudeau/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Trudeau government[/popup]  [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="0"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] TORONTO, Ont. Feb. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ - The late U.S. Democratic party chairman Robert Strauss used to say that in modern politics, “overnight is a lifetime.” After three…

Alberta’s gender guidelines override parents’ right to choose

Notley government strips parents of the right to “choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children”

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