A Victory For Free Speech

Published by under Justice

With the release of the Moon report, Parliament has no excuse not to kill the censorship powers of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Comment by Ezra Levant, November 25, 2008, in the National Post

The scandal-plagued Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC) has had a rough year — and it just got rougher.

On Monday, Richard Moon, a University of Windsor law professor, released his report on the CHRC’s troubling penchant for Internet censorship. Moon had been hand-picked by the CHRC to review its conduct, so the whole arrangement had at first looked pretty cozy. In the past, Moon had written favourably about government limits on free speech. That, plus a large payment for his brief report, made Moon’s review look like a PR stunt, especially since the CHRC simultaneously hired the pricey lobby firm Hill & Knowlton to provide “communications” advice. It all looked like a strategy to offset six months of bad press — not to mention embarrassing investigations into the CHRC’s conduct by the RCMP, the Privacy Commissioner and Parliament’s Justice Committee. Continue Reading »

Diversity’s Colour

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“a Hue of uniformity ”
As Canada expands its diversity, we increasingly are cornering our minds into a collectivist cage of consensus, where vocabulary and reason is subtracted from public discourse. Immigration from other cultures ought to and will increase our knowledge and expand our perspective, but not when we hold our freedoms captive while opening the doors of morality to relativism. Continue Reading »

Connecting With Our Roots

Published by under Constitutional Reform

If you were to blurt out something like “No taxation without representation” in Canada, you could well get tagged as too American and shoved out of the public discussion. But hang on for seven centuries. We have a right to that slogan, too.

I’m not even impressed with the claim that being like Americans is a Bad Thing, especially as the basis for an entire political philosophy. But never mind for now what currently has me lunging for my quill and parchment is that no taxation without representation, though a slogan of the American revolutionaries, is not an American invention at all. It is a part of our heritage because it is a principle of the British Constitution going back to 1297. Continue Reading »

The Party’s Over

Published by under Economics

Linda R. Monk, J. D., is a constitutional scholar, journalist, and nationally award-winning author. A graduate of Harvard Law School , she twice received the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, its highest honor for law-related media. Her books include The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution, Ordinary Americans: U. S. History Through the Eyes of Everyday People, and The Bill of Rights: A User’s Guide. For more than 20 years, Ms. Monk has written commentary for newspapers nationwide, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune Continue Reading »

CPC 2008 Policy Convention

Published by under Governance

Bruce Campion-Smith
Ottawa Bureau Chief, Toronto Star, November 16, 2008

WINNIPEG–Federal Conservatives have called for stripping the Canadian human rights tribunal of some powers and a tougher crime agenda, including charges in crimes that result in the death of an unborn child, despite warnings the move will reopen the abortion debate.

Some 2,000 delegates wrapped up a three-day policy convention yesterday after an afternoon session debating policies on topics as varied as human trafficking, health care and crime crackdowns. It was the first Conservative policy convention in more than 3 1/2 years. Continue Reading »

Obama’s Victory

Published by under External Affairs

Obama’s victory marked by a wealth of opportunity
Posted: November 15, 2008, 10:30 AM by Kelly McParland
Conrad Black, Full Comment, U.S. Politics

Having confidently predicted the victory of John McCain, and having stuck with that until his blunderbuss campaign blew up, I will offer a few thoughts to the incoming U.S. administration. Rarely have such comments been so profoundly unsolicited. Barack Obama has ignited more excitement and positive curiosity than any incoming government leader in the world since John F. Kennedy. He starts with an immense and fervent public relations honeymoon.

As one who drove with university friends in the early and mid-Sixties for a few weeks each spring in the United States, and well remembers the racial segregation even in the North, and the idle hopelessness of the sprawling, surly, black slums of the great cities of the North and Mid-West, I can only render deep homage to the reformist conscience of America. Continue Reading »

Letter to Prentice

Published by under Global Warming

Dear Mr. Prentice,

Congratulations on your elevation to Minister of the Environment. I use the term advisedly because you are now in a position to do great good for current and future generations of Canadians.

With respect, I submit you have a golden opportunity to effect real improvements in our environment by redirecting funding to appropriate areas.

Pollution, not global warming/climate change, is the problem.

It’s time to put finite public funds to work in support of things that have already been proven to work. Continue Reading »

Rescuers Pulling Market Under

Published by under Economics

Rescuers pulling market under – Drowning in too much stimulus.
Drowning

The G20’s

Published by under Economics

The G20’s architectural folly – One definition of folly–but of merely conventional policy making–is doing the same thing over and over, ….
G20’s Folly

Quantum of Failures

Published by under Economics

Quantum of failures – Forget the markets: massive government failure is behind world fincial chaos.
Forget the Markets

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