The party’s over: without ideology, we lack leadership

Elections are no longer contests of ideas but rather competing marketing campaigns to see who gets to control the state’s levers of coercion

The party’s over: without ideology, we lack leadershipHAMILTON, Ont. Aug. 9, 2016/ Troy Media/ – The bedrock of traditional party politics is crumbling. The end result could be devastating to western society. For political junkies, presidential nominating conventions are destination television. It’s ritualistic theatre as, almost without exception in living memory, the presumptive nominee has been confirmed. Officially winning warrants breaking news…

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicide

We need to take extraordinary care in defining the terms of medically-assisted death in Canada

Euphemisms obscure truth about assisted suicideHAMILTON, Ont. April 25, 2016/ Troy Media/ - In a debate as significant to the nation as that about medically-assisted death, every word matters. Bill C-14, introduced in the House of Commons on April 14, is titled “An Act to amend the Criminal Code and make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying).” The phrase…

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…

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus

From economics to government's role to the environment, the Conservatives have a lot of work to do if they are to win the next election

Canadian Conservatives need to regain their focus//  Conservatives  Conservatives [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/2016/02/canadian-conservatives-need-to-regain-their-focus/" height="800" width="800" scrollbars="1"]Download[/popup] this column on [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/category/political/" height="1000" width="1000" scrollbars="1"]Politics[/popup] and the [popup url="https://www.troymedia.com/tag/conservatives/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Conservatives[/popup] [popup url="http://marketplace.troymedia.com/terms-and-conditions-of-use/" height="800" width="600" scrollbars="1"]Terms and conditions of use[/popup] By Michael Van Pelt and Ray Pennings Cardus HAMILTON, Ont. Feb. 29, 2016/ Troy Media/ - It’s been four months since the Conservative…

2015 election could have far reaching political consequences for Canada

The 2015 vote could lead to deep uncertainty about how we'll even choose our Parliament in the future

2015 election could have far reaching political consequences for CanadaDownload this column on the 2015 election for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use TORONTO OUT HAMILTON, ON Aug 30, 2015/ Troy Media/ – Election campaigns are supposed to highlight differences. Stark differences provide alternatives that can inform voter choices. As the grind of this 11-week federal election campaign unfolds, the…

The emerging post-secular society

It's premature to declare the debates led by social conservatives over

The emerging post-secular societyDownload this column on a post-secular society for your publication or website. FREE Terms and Conditions of use HAMILTON, ON Jul 10, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Current wisdom has it that the age-old debate between order and freedom is essentially resolved. Champions of the former – so-called social conservatives and traditional religious believers – are…

It’s time to talk about end of life

Most of us do not have the means of providing palliative care for our loved ones

It’s time to talk about end of lifeDownload It’s time to talk about end of life VANCOUVER OUT HAMILTON, ON, Feb 26, 2015/ Troy Media/ - Choice now trumps life as Canada's political preference of, well, choice. For the first 149 years of our country’s existence, life had dignity and deserved the fullest protection of the law. But by this time next…