• In the Hans Christian Andersen fable of the Emperor’s New Clothes, a vain leader struts around naked while expecting his subjects to admire his superior humanity. Today in Canada, political leaders strut around the country and the world swaddled in environmental vanity while expecting their subjects to welcome punitive carbon taxes and energy costs. Who will stand up to Justin Trudeau, Rachel Notley, Kathleen Wynne and the rest and say: “They’re only wearing a green fig leaf – and far from saving the planet, they’re making our country poorer!” Well, Paige MacPherson, for one.

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  • The CBC is Canada’s largest single source of news, information and entertainment. But like other domestic content providers, it’s bleeding audience to global infotainment megacorporations. More public money for the CBC might be the only way to keep producing a critical mass of Canadian stories, produced by Canadians, for Canadians. But in the last month, CBC has aired one documentary peddling debunked JFK conspiracy theories, and another promoting “decolonization” to mark Canada’s 150th birthday, and spiked a third because it offended some transgender activists. If this is Canadian content, writes Fred Litwin, he’s tuning out.

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  • Why does Jordan Peterson drive progressives nuts? Because he refuses to use their made-up pronouns? That hardly seems reason to compare him to Hitler. Clearly it’s something else. According to Mark Milke, Peterson is a proxy for a much bigger fight. It pits the Marxist idea that reality is a malleable, perfectible construct against the classical liberal view that reality is knowledge born of experience. The former is absolutist and authoritarian, the latter open to learning and debate, and the vicious campaign to discredit and silence Peterson reveals just how illiberal our society has become.

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  • There’s a Trudeau in the prime minister’s office. National energy policy is hurting Alberta’s economy. Quebec is making constitutional demands. Sound familiar? It feels like the 1980s all over again, only this time Alberta has an NDP government that is complicit with Ottawa, leaving the province almost defenceless. Jason Kenney is channelling Peter Lougheed and trying to rally Albertans for another epic battle with the feds, but Lougheed had an arsenal of supports that don’t exist today. If the province doesn’t get ready, writes George Koch, it’s going to get run over.

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  • 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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