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Nigel Hannaford was Manager of Speechwriting in the Office of the Prime Minister from 2009 to 2015.

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    One of Donald Trump’s blustery campaign promises was “if I’m president, you’re going to see Merry Christmas in department stores again, believe me.” A slap at Christophobes, it was typical of his politically incorrect comments on everything from feminism to climate change, terrorism to refugees. With President Trump setting the tone, writes Nigel Hannaford, the public square will become a much noisier, ruder and freer place.

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to approve the proposed expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oilsands pipeline from northern Alberta to the Port of Vancouver this December. The regulatory hurdles have been cleared and the courts have had their say. But one crucial question remains, writes Nigel Hannaford: will Trudeau enforce the rule of law in the face of almost certain civil disobedience – possibly including violence – by environmental and aboriginal protesters?

  • Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth: ‘Authentic conservatism.’ (Image:

    For many conservatives, realism is the litmus test for good art. If it’s modern and abstract, its crap. That’s too narrow for Nigel Hannaford, uber-conservative though he may be. For him, there’s only one definition of conservative art – that which sells. If it has value in a free market, its conservative. If taxpayers are compelled to pay for it, it’s not.

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    Posted: April 29, 2016

    Nigel Hannaford has been expecting the worst for most of his adult life. That’s what comes of compulsively buying and reading books predicting economic catastrophe that began cascading out of publishing houses in the 1970s. Some of them were right, more or less, about the inflationary impacts of profligate government fiscal and monetary policy. Looking back, Hannaford writes, he should have listened to the gold bugs.

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    Posted: April 1, 2016

    Canada’s political pendulum swung hard to the left in the last few years, electing Liberal and NDP governments almost everywhere, and culminating with the 2015 Conservative defeats in Alberta and Ottawa. How long will this progressive hegemony last? Nigel Hannaford studied the cross-country election calendar for the next four years to determine where and when the pendulum may swing back to the right.