Archive for October, 2005

Some “Witch-hunts” catch Witches

Monday, October 31st, 2005

There are few clichés of the Left more threadbare, yet seemingly effective, than the term “witch-hunt”. George Clooney has trotted out the usual suspects for his latest directorial oeuvre, “Good Night and Good Luck!”. Stop the presses! Hollywood doing a film on the McCarthy witch-hunts — that’s news. What popular opinion-makers continually fail to mention [...]

25 years later: the legacy of the National Energy Program

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Popular historical memory is usually said to last two to three generations. Today, we’re lucky if our memory stretches back even one. Case in point: The National Energy Program (NEP), officially unveiled by the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau 25 years ago tomorrow. Grizzled energy patch veterans whom we know tell us that many wet-behind-the-ears [...]

We need Lotto Equalization!

Friday, October 28th, 2005

So a pack of central Alberta oil and gas workers have won $54 million, the biggest lottery jackpot in Canadian history. Wow! But with today’s high energy prices and “fiscal imbalance,” will transferring this much money from average Canadians to a few privileged Albertans fly? Albertans have an unfair advantage: with more money in the [...]

Column-writing news and archive update

Friday, October 28th, 2005

Some readers will have seen our occasional past columns and feature stories in the Calgary Herald. A few days ago we had a very productive meeting at the paper, and reached an informal agreement to crank up the pace a bit. So expect to see our stuff about every two weeks going forward. Yesterday the [...]

Some Impoliteness on Politeness

Thursday, October 27th, 2005

Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson presented his new book “The Polite Revolution” in Calgary Wednesday, under the auspices of the Fraser Institute. He spoke briefly on the main themes of the book and then offered a generous amount of time for questions to an interested lunch-time audience. The two main premises of the book [...]

Then again, what do we know? EnCana, Part II

Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Alert readers will recall how we (OK, I) on Friday heaped scorn on the idea of EnCana Corp. merging with or being taken over by Royal Dutch Shell Group or its Canadian subsidiary, Shell Canada Ltd. Now (registration required to view this link) comes word that Gwyn Morgan, EnCana’s C.E.O. and a veteran of EnCana’s [...]

Who Spoke for Canada?

Monday, October 24th, 2005

A weepy, pleading Jean Chretien, a giant federalist group-hug in Montreal, just days before the vote; but by all means don’t talk about what might happen if Quebec votes for secession. Such was the grand strategy of the federalist forces leading up to the Quebec referendum ten years ago. As the federal Liberals and their [...]

The clip-clop of wooden shoes fades at EnCana

Friday, October 21st, 2005

Those keeping an eye on corporate Canada have no doubt noted the news media speculation that EnCana Corp., Canada’s largest energy company and the nation’s second-largest of any type (behind the Royal Bank), might be taken over by Royal Dutch Shell Group PLC or perhaps merged with its subsidiary, Shell Canada Ltd. The mainstream news [...]

From the Guardian

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

The new administration will be [the] first permanent, fully constitutional government in Iraq since the collapse of Saddam Hussein’s rule in 2003. — The Guardian (October 16, 2005) Earth to Guardian: The totalitarian regime of the mass-murdering psychopath Saddam was not even partially constitutional. Therefore the new Iraqi constitution creates the first constitutional government for [...]

Entitled to my Entitlements

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

In the long tradition of Liberal erudition (e.g. “da proof is da proof is da proof”), David Dingwall yesterday expounded on the word “entitlement”. As for me, I quit Imperial Oil in 1994. I quit EnCana Corporation in 2003. I would really like to get severance pay from these two large companies. They have deep [...]