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The Daughters of the Vote’s most recent get-together in Ottawa in April descended into a toxic mix of identity politics, name-calling and virtue-signalling. Although we are mistaken to see women as the redeeming angels of popular myth, writes Tasha Kheiriddin, we still need their unique voice and political talent. Fortunately, Canada has a long tradition of capable female politicians to serve as models for our aspiring leaders of both sexes.

Choosing between Trudeau’s Election Propaganda and the Truth

With every serious but hardly unprecedented weather event getting blamed on human-driven climate change, including in histrionic government press releases, some suspect the federal Liberals are laying the groundwork for a viciously moralistic election campaign. Gwyn Morgan is one, but he still sees a practical way out of the mess for Canadians and, perhaps, for the federal opposition as well.

Atheism, Scientism And The Lingering Of The Numinous

Disasters – natural or otherwise – have a way of bringing out extremes in human behaviour and emotions. And so it was with the Easter Week fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame in Paris: from the Catholic priest who risked his life to save irreplaceable relics and artwork, to French businessmen pledging grandiose sums for rebuilding, to the almost psychotic architecture some proposed for the restoration. For Patrick Keeney, the near-catastrophe triggered deep reflection on our era’s tense relationship between science and spirituality.

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What the media party missed in the alberta election

Too many in the media mostly missed these and many other core differences between the two parties. As with pollsters who kept predicting a tightening race only to see a whopping 22-point spread come election night, it appears many journalists were blinded by their Twitter feeds and drunk on each other’s bathwater.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Salman Rushdie Affair. After the publication of his 1988 novel The Satanic Verses, many Muslims accused Rushdie of blasphemy and the next year Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa ordering his death. Among Rushdie’s most vocal defenders was Christopher Hitchens, whose full-throated defense of free speech reminded us of what is at stake. After Hitchens’ untimely death in 2011, Mark Milke penned this tribute to Hitchens and why he mattered.

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The battle for control of Alberta’s energy resources has been going since long before the famous Leduc oil strike in 1947, predating the foundation of the province itself. Jason Kenney’s arrival as Alberta’s new premier portends more fighting with the feds. The political landscape may have changed radically since the epic battles between Peter Lougheed and Pierre Trudeau, but the underlying constitutional issues remain. As George Koch warned, storm clouds have been gathering around the heated topics of energy and wealth transfers, and Canadians are likely headed for another period of punishing East-West conflict.

Greeks with Gifts

With the possible exception of executives of regulated utilities or owners of supply-managed farms, you rarely find socialists running private businesses. Except, apparently, in the near-failed socialist state of Greece. Canadian writer David Solway made this discovery at an antiquarian bookstore in Athens, where he learned from the hard-bargaining proprietor that socialists can be as good at taking other people’s money as they are at spending it.

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