Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Guilty of “Bag-ism”

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Should I be unfortunate enough to visit Toronto, I’d like to forestall being subjected to re-education, or some other retroactive penalty imposed by its ever-expanding municipal government. Maybe this confession will suffice.  Yes, I have been guilty of Bag-ism, the irrational desire to place recently purchased objects into a plastic bag. Blame it on my [...]

Next the Sudetenland?

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

What do MacLean’s magazine, the struggle of religion in the public square and the Sudetenland have in common? Well, indulge me for a moment. Let’s start with the Sudetenland and the inside joke it refers to. MrK and I occasionally mused on what we might do if, heaven forbid, our writing morphed into a regular [...]

UN “Rapporteurs” redux

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Perhaps with the UN’s many commemorative days, weeks, etc., etc., they also have a “Rapporteurs‘ Week”. If so, last week might have been it. First there was the story mentioned in my last post, about Rapporteur de Schutter,  who was investigating Canada’s food distribution. Now another of the rapporteurs, James Anaya, is in the news. [...]

What internationalism means

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

 Prime Minister Harper was criticized for saying, in the 2004 election campaign, that there were institutions that would counteract a Conservative government. If memory serves, he mentioned the judiciary and the Senate specifically. He might also have included international organizations and agreements. This came to mind the other day with a story that the UN was planning [...]

Fear and smear wins

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

All indications are that the PCs have won a majority government. Blue Tories across the province and across the country will be feeling the pain.  Pollsters may want to take down their shingles for a while until the dust settles. First popular vote numbers show the government at 44%, Wildrose at 34%. It appears the [...]

CBC “Post”-script

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

There are so many layers to the CBC debate that  I can’t resist adding some (more)comment. I feel a little bad singling out Jonathan Kay for criticism – because I agree with many of his views – but the CBC is such a hot button for many taxpayers that it simply screamed out for rebuttal. [...]

Post defends CBC?

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Maybe it was just an over-indulgence of lamb chops at Easter, but I could have sworn that the National Post featured one or two opinion pieces last week defending the CBC. The impetus was a story that, due to the cuts to the broadcaster’s budget, CBC Radio One might have to run ads. Shocking. Jonathan [...]

Strategy, Schmategy

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Elections must be in the air – or maybe the meat drawer of my fridge needs cleaning. Well, something is hanging heavy in the air. Why else would Allison Redford be trotting out the “National Energy Strategy” thingy just now? Apparently she expounded on it at a meeting of the CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum [...]

Let punishment fit crime

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

With the number of words written about the federal government’s omnibus crime bill, which is about to pass into law, there might be an argument for mandatory maximums in journalism. Certainly the debate over mandatory minimum sentences has been exhaustive and, at times, exhausting. Opponents of the legislation have argued that mandatory minimums “don’t work”, [...]

The guns of February

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Two recent articles highlight the perplexing, but also frightening worldview of the Left when it comes to guns and criminality. One article concerns the recent vote to eliminate the gun registry in the Canadian Parliament, the second described judicial push-back on mandatory minimums for gun crimes. The arguments around the registry are well-known. One might [...]