Canada can work for everyone, if we all work together

Although a growing number of aboriginal people are productive members of the workforce, far too many rely on the government for support. That must change

Canada can work for everyone, if we all work togetherAs Canada celebrates 150 years, there’s much discussion about the need for reconciliation to make this country work for everyone. There’s no doubt aboriginal people were treated badly as Canada came of age. Other groups, such as the Chinese and Jewish people – who have also been the subject of intense discrimination – have managed…

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsense

Why is the university pretending indigenous knowledge and science are the equivalent of our written knowledge base? Why are they allowing this farce to unfold?

University of Manitoba succumbs to politically correct nonsenseBy Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy I recently listened to an interview of the new head of the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Knowledge department on CBC radio. She articulately explained that “traditional knowledge” and “indigenous science” have been vital to the survival of the aboriginal culture. A hunter-gatherer culture depended on information…

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: wiping away a nation’s history

For the crime of being a man of his times, Canadians are being asked to wipe the memory of a Father of Confederation clean

So long Hector-Louis Langevin: wiping away a nation’s history“We do not allow the dead to rise up against us. … You will be lifted clean out from the stream of history. Nothing will remain of you, not a name in a register, not a memory in a living brain. You will be annihilated in the past as well as in the future. You…

Governor General apologizes for telling the truth

David Johnston told the unvarnished truth: all Canadians, including aboriginals, are immigrants from somewhere. No apology necessary

By Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy Canada’s governor generals have been famous and infamous. They have played large parts in our country’s history. In some cases, the contribution has been dramatic. Where does David Johnston's recent capitulation put him? In 1926, the King-Byng affair kept the country spellbound as it unfolded, after…

System that rewards status Indians is spectacularly unfair

And things will get a whole lot worse - and costly - as more and more people are added to the list of entitled

By Brian Giesbrecht Senior Fellow Frontier Centre for Public Policy Chief Rick O’Bomsawin of Odanak, Que., is urging a House of Commons committee to pass Bill S-3, which would give First Nations women full equality with men. But much more – and much less, financially – must be done before we are all treated equally. In…

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusive

Fundamental to human rights in Canada is access to a public education system that offers choice and quality to the taxpayers who pay for it

How school systems respond to the pressure to be inclusiveChoice and opportunity should be fundamental to public education, but sometimes the argument gets muddied by peculiar personal perspectives. We’ve seen an unprecedented movement in Canadian publicly-supported schools to accommodate the needs and rights of minority groups such as LGBTQ, with the introduction of gender-neutral bathrooms and curriculum updates. Social justice issues have taken up…

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunity

First Nations can’t veto development in northern Ontario. They must engage in good faith, just like business and governments, and not squander this opportunity

Ring of Fire: burning down a rare economic opportunityBy Joseph Quesnel and Kenneth Green The Fraser Institute It’s often said that successful First Nations must operate at the speed of business, not the speed of government. That certainly applies to First Nations affected by the Ring of Fire mining proposal. Long delays and lack of communication between governments and the nine First Nation communities…

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed now

Canada needs laws to protect vulnerable transgender youth, who experience bullying at much higher rates than their peers

Laws can reduce bullying and Bill C-16 is needed nowBy Kimberley Ens Manning and Elizabeth J. Meyer EvidenceNetwork.ca Conservative Sen. Donald Plett recently said, “I don't think there's any law in the world that will prevent children from bullying.” With all due respect, the Manitoba senator is wrong. He made the comment last week during discussion in the Senate about Bill C-16, which is designed to…

Cultural appropriation controversy is entirely about free speech

The only route to a better appreciation of the cultures in Canada is through exposure, questioning, expressing opinions – even if those opinions are wrong

If there’s ever going to be a watershed moment in protecting free speech in Canada, the recent controversy surrounding cultural appropriation could fit the role. The story began in a rather innocuous manner. Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write magazine (the quarterly publication of the Writers’ Union of Canada), wrote in a column, “I don’t believe…

The rising global threats to prosperity

Nationalistic politicians' attacks on free markets and economic freedom driven primarily by the support and desires of rural voters

The rising global threats to prosperityAs France and Turkey show, populism and deepening urban/rural splits represent dangerous and confusing threats to prosperity. The populist economic urge is cropping up around the world, however dissimilar the countries may seem to be. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his recent constitutional power grab through rural votes, while losing in the big three…