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Paul Bunner is the editor of C2C Journal.

    Articles by Paul Bunner

  • When he wasn’t kayaking on or swimming in the North Saskatchewan River near his home in Edmonton, C2C Journal editor Paul Bunner spent some of his summer fighting two battles for little freedoms in his local community. He won one and lost one. Although he’s a veteran political activist at the federal and provincial level, Bunner contends that the lifeblood of democracy must be nurtured at the foundations of society if it is to flourish at the top.

  • The rapidly shrinking newspaper business raises all kinds of questions. What will we wrap fish guts in? How will we light backyard fires? And where will we get reasonably accurate and important stories about what’s going on in our community, our country, and the world? The internet? Where global editor-bots decide what’s news? Where politicians can lie with impunity? Where fake news outsells real news? The short answer is yes. The longer and more encouraging answer is in the Spring edition of C2C Journal, which launches today with editor Paul Bunner’s lead editorial and career newspaperman Paul Stanway’s lament for the ink-stained wretches of yesterday’s news.

  • At an anti-carbon tax rally at the Alberta Legislature in November, the crowd briefly mocked NDP Premier Rachel Notley with the “lock her up” chant that erupted at an Donald Trump campaign rallies whenever he attacked Hillary Clinton. It became a huge story, hailed as evidence that Trumpian sexism was spilling across the border. Last weekend, a young male demonstrator at anti-Trump “Women’s March” rally at the same location punched a female reporter for the right-wing Rebel Media in the face. The media response? Crickets at first, then skepticism. C2C editor Paul Bunner ponders the double standard.

  • Trigger warning: the Winter 2016 edition of C2C Journal contains ideas and opinions that are not tolerated on many university campuses today. Some of them may offend human rights codes, refuse to acknowledge identities, and even question “settled science”. But if you believe provocation in defence of free expression is no vice then take heart, you are not alone, as you will discover in a collection of essays and articles about the rising backlash against politically correct tyranny, on campus and elsewhere, starting with Paul Bunner’s lead editorial, Jason VandenBeukel’s profile of University of Toronto counterrevolutionary Jordan Peterson, and Jason Tucker’s exclusive interview with Peterson.

  • Some progressives would argue that “art of conservatism” is an oxymoron. That would be typically dismissive of a rich history of conservative ideals expressed through art. But it would ring true of contemporary conservatism, which is reflexively hostile to modern art and artists. The fall edition of C2C Journal seeks to challenge this self-defeating assumption in a collection of stories and essays about art, artists and arts policy, starting today with editor Paul Bunner’s introductory editorial and Brigitte Pellerin’s compelling argument for supporting conservative art.

  • Posted: June 1, 2016

    The 2016 U.S. presidential campaign is an unrivalled spectacle of political entertainment that is by turns fascinating, repulsive, and worrying. As the primaries wind down and the main event begins, C2C Journal launches its Summer Edition on the theme of Democracy in America. The title, borrowed from the famous 1835 book by French political philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville, heralds the overarching theme of ten essays we will publish over the course of June, starting with Trevor Shelley’s examination of Tocqueville’s remarkably prescient hopes and fears for the country that became the world’s strongest defender of democracy but is now making a mockery of it.

  • A thousand Canadian conservative politicians and activists are gathered in Ottawa this month for the annual Manning Centre Conference. With conservatives out of power almost everywhere, the theme of the Conference is “recharging the right”. The Spring 2016 edition of C2C Journal complements this theme by examining what conservatives got right – and wrong – during their time in power, and what they might do to find their way back from the political wilderness. The edition launches today with editor Paul Bunner’s lead editorial and a reflection on Stephen Harper’s legacy by George Koch and Martin Grün.

  • C2C Journal editor Paul Bunner opens the 2015 Winter Edition with a preview of its timely theme – energy and the environment. As the massive global climate change summit opens in Paris, Canada’s energy-fuelled economy is in dire straits. Oil and gas prices are down, taxes and regulations are up, job losses are mounting, and investment is fleeing to jurisdictions where it is actually possible to get pipelines and other energy infrastructure built. Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s dream of making Canada an “energy superpower” has stalled, and his successors are trying to keep the oil flowing by putting a generous coat of green lipstick on our energy pig. Let us pray that it gets the global warmists off our case.

  • What if the horrific Islamist assault on Paris last Friday had occurred just a few weeks earlier, before the October 19 Canadian federal election? Would voters have felt differently about Bill C-51, bombing ISIS, opening the door to refugees, stripping citizenship from terrorists, and banning the niqab? Probably, but it doesn’t matter. What matters is how the young Trudeau government handles refugee and security policy in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Our western allies are tightening their borders and escalating the war against ISIS. But the Liberals, writes Paul Bunner, are stubbornly sticking to their election script.

  • There was some minor rumbling in Conservative circles in the fall of 2013 suggesting that Stephen Harper should consider making way for a new Conservative leader before the 2015 federal election. It was quickly squashed as Justin Trudeau’s gaffes started piling up, the economy seemed to perk up, and Harper’s government started polishing up some […]

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    Even if you spent the month of August on a golf course, cottage deck or Pluto, the noise from the first month of the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign probably interrupted your summer reverie, at least a bit. First impressions: Conservatives had a good start, but got knocked off message by the Duffy trial. Justin Trudeau is exceeding expectations, not just because he wore pants to the first leaders’ debate. And the NDP is still riding the orange wave that swept Quebec in 2011 and Alberta this year. But forget all that: the real campaign begins now that summer’s over, and C2C Journal is going to be all over it during the next six weeks with a dozen unique election analyses and regional pre-vote profiles. In other words, it’s mandatory reading if you want to win the election night pool.

  • Posted: June 1, 2015

    From Shakespeare to Twain to Leacock, the most memorable and influential political commentators of history have been humorists. And from Macdonald to Disraeli to Reagan, the most successful and effective politicians have been the funniest. Alas, it is our misfortune to live in politically humourless times, where the mildest political mis-step is cause for crucifixion, where no joke goes unpunished as an insult, and every real or imagined affront provokes unfettered outrage. The Summer 2015 edition of C2C Journal aims to fix all that. It is a collection of essays, anecdotes, polemics and a poem that celebrate political humour. Risky you say? Maybe, but worth it because a democracy that cannot laugh at itself is no better than a dictatorship.

  • Posted: May 9, 2015

    Take heart, Alberta conservatives. Sure you lost the province to the NDP. Sure investors are redeploying their capital from “Albertastan” to Kazakstan. And sure it looks bad for Alberta federal Conservatives in the fall election, especially in Edmonton, where the orange wave was strongest. But nothing lasts forever, and the PCs could not have done more to self-destruct their four-decade dynasty if they tried. It’s a fair bet that Rachel Notley’s rookie team of social workers, students, union activists and Chavistas is going to mess things up as badly as the NDP did in Ontario and B.C. Meanwhile, the rejuvenated Wildrose party is well-positioned to unite the right, which still represents most Albertans. So don’t move to Saskatchewan, advises C2C editor Paul Bunner, because this too shall pass…

  • Posted: March 1, 2015

    The Spring 2015 Edition of C2C Journal is like nothing else we – or any other magazine that we know of – have ever done. It is a fascinating collection of political biographies by a dozen Canadian writers, young and old, men and women, conservative and liberal, English and French, well-known and unknown. Each piece explores the influences and epiphanies that shaped the writer’s political evolution. By turns poignant and hilarious, touching and courageous, and invariably introspective and insightful, these essays speak to the journeys we all take to political conviction and engagement.

  • The passing of conservative western Canadian journalist and political activist Link Byfield on January 24 prompted numerous media stories and tributes from friends and colleagues. Many travelled from afar to join hundreds of family members and neighbours at his funeral in his rural community northwest of Edmonton. Among his many accomplishments, mourners recalled Link’s dedication to developing young writers as advocates for freedom and democracy. This work will continue, writes C2C editor Paul Bunner, through the creation of the Manning Foundation’s Link Byfield Journalism Legacy Fund.

  • Federal and provincial conservatives in Alberta have been estranged for decades, ever since the Reform Party went to war against the old Progressive Conservative Party of Canada. Reform won that battle and became today’s ruling national Conservative Party, but the Alberta divisions remained. Eventually they begat the province’s Wildrose Party, which was a virtual proxy for the federal Tories – until former Harper cabinet minister Jim Prentice won the provincial PC leadership. Then Ottawa switched sides, leaving Wildrose friendless and setting the stage for this week’s historic reuniting of Alberta conservatives. C2C editor Paul Bunner explains…

  • The idea that the world is “crashing in” on Canada comes from the University of Toronto geopolitics expert Janice Gross Stein, in a quote given to Michael Taube for an article in this edition of C2C Journal. It seems a particularly apt metaphor to describe the tumultuous events of the last year, including the murders […]

  • Even the framers of Canada’s 1982 constitutional reforms thought they were flawed. But reopening the Constitution is a taboo subject among Canada’s political class and as a result, from Senate reform to internal trade to aboriginal rights, it is increasingly judges, instead of elected legislators, who are calling the shots. The contributors to the Fall Quarterly edition of C2C Journal examine the spectrum of constitutional maladies and offer provocative prescriptions for reform.

  • Posted: June 9, 2014

    “Gotcha” hissed the Idle No More activist after goading Tom Flanagan into an impolitic remark about child porn during a presentation about aboriginal policy at the University of Lethbridge. Within hours, a surreptitious video recording of the exchange went viral, and Flanagan became a human piñata, pummelled by enemies and friends alike. Paul Bunner reviews Professor Flanagan’s response in his new book: persona non grata…

  • It has become an unquestionable article of faith that Residential Schools were a violence perpetrated upon First Nations. Paul Bunner argues that it is time for a Glasnost that puts this unchallenged narrative in its proper context without perverse incentives for anachronistic testimony.

  • Posted: April 2, 2013

    The Laurentian consensus has finally broken down and not a moment too soon. The Laurentian view of Canada held that we were a fragile, insecure country, held together only by appeasement of Quebec nationalism, equalization payments, economic protectionism, official multiculturalism and national social programs.

    Paul Bunner reviews a new book from two central Canadians, Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, which details what Westerners always knew: There was always more to Canada than just the defeatist Laurentian view of it…