• 100 years ago this November the Bolsheviks overran St. Petersburg and Communism began its century of political tyranny and economic ruin. In the same month 28 years ago the Berlin Wall came down and Communism appeared destined for ‘dustbin of history’. But today, Marxist, socialist and even Communist ideals seem everywhere ascendant. Mark Jacka wonders why and finds that while the crimes of Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, et al have all but disappeared from the public and post-secondary education system of the West, their ideology remains as pervasive as ever.

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  • The math is not hard. New StatsCan data highlights an indelible link between lower taxes and less regulation and higher levels of investment and the productivity, jobs and growth that flow from it. The data also shows that natural resources remain, by far, Canada’s star attraction for investment. So why, wonders Matthew Lau, are Canadian governments working so hard to discourage resource investment with higher taxes and paralyzing regulation?

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  • Oberto Oberti has been trying to build a year-round high-alpine ski resort in the Purcell Mountains of southeastern B.C. for almost 30 years. He has been obstructed every step of the way by governments, natives, environmentalists, NIMBYists, and competing ski resorts. This fall, Oberti’s Jumbo Glacier project finally caught a break, in a startling Supreme Court of Canada ruling against an aboriginal constitutional rights claim. But don’t break out the champagne powder just yet, cautions George Koch. His tale of institutionalized obstructionism shows how hard it is to build anything in Canada these days.

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  • In the beginning, Canada was good, pure, and peaceful. Then the Europeans came, and it all went to hell. This creation and fall story has been cribbed from Genesis to frame today’s powerful aboriginal grievance and entitlement narrative. Its authors are now suggesting that redemption lies in a return to indigenous utopia. But the devil’s in the historical details, writes Hymie Rubenstein, and he was just as busy in pre-Columbian Canada as anywhere else.

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  • When political leaders lose elections, most of them slink off to lick their wounds in private. Not Hillary Clinton and Michael Ignatieff. Both of them wrote books about how and why they lost. Tim Anderson reviews What Happened and Fire and Ashes and concludes that Clinton is the greater self-deluding narcissist.

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  • Hardly a day goes by in Canada without a progressive politician somewhere expressing shame for something their country has done. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, national self-flagellator in chief, did so on the world stage at the United Nations this fall. The right does it too, but their gripes about Canada are usually policy-specific, not aimed at the country’s entire history and culture. Mark Jacka wonders why the left has such a dismal opinion of their country, so devoid of any fair-minded historical or international context, and warns that national self-loathing may eventually lead to national self-destruction.

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  • The constitutional melodrama that gripped Canada for much of the last half of the 20th century was mostly scripted and performed by Laurentian elites in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa seeking to appease Quebec nationalism. Among the westerners who took to the national stage to assert the constitutional primacy of “ten equal provinces” over “two founding nations”, few were louder or more influential than former B.C. cabinet minister and beloved talk radio host Rafe Mair. To mark Mair’s passing this month at 85, J.J. McCullough reviews the great talk jock’s career with admiration and affection.

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  • The Ontario elementary teachers’ union wants Sir John A. Macdonald’s name erased from schools. The Toronto District School Board wants “chief” removed from job titles. The Alberta curriculum is being rewritten to purge most history except colonial oppression. Discovery math is crippling student numeracy across Canada. And junior refused steak at dinner the other day because cow farts are destroying the planet. Why, it’s enough to drive mom or dad to quit their jobs and start home schooling. And the good news, writes Sean Speer, is that it’s never been easier to do just that.

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