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Canada’s Moral Obligation to the World

As billions of people in developing countries demand more of everything, especially cheap energy, Canada can help meet the need and improve the global environment by exporting liquefied natural gas. So why are some Canadians trying to thwart the idea, insisting we fight climate change all by ourselves? Not only would this further hobble our economy but, Steve Larke and Adam LeDain contend, exporting LNG represents the much stronger environmental and moral case.

What Jews Know About Mobs and History

Last month’s Manning Networking Conference in Ottawa included a panel discussion on the question, “Can Canadian History be Saved from the Mob?” In her opening remarks panelist Barbara Kay examined how mobs subvert history to demonize the Jews, a process echoed in the growing demonization of Canada’s colonial past and foundational values.

My Platonic Conversion

Like many young people, Johnathan Strathdee got his progressive ideals from the public education system. In high school he learned that capitalism is unfair, oppression is endemic, and environmental catastrophe is imminent. Then he read Plato and learned that the world is not so simple.

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THIS MONTH’S MOST READ C2C STORIES

Goddamn the CBC

For over a century “Goddamn the CPR” was an all-purpose curse unions, western farmers, and others used against the all-powerful Canadian railway. Today the curse could be repurposed to express frustration with the all-powerful CBC state media conglomerate. Critiquing its cost, bias, and programming is a recurring theme here at C2C, including in this piece by Fred Litwin.

The Sorriest Prime Minister Canada’s Ever Had

A Google search of “Justin Trudeau apology” produces over 600,000 hits. Since we published James Coggins’ story “Who Are Government Apologies Really For?” last fall, the prime minister has issued two more apologies for things other governments did; to the Inuit for Ottawa’s handling of tuberculosis in the mid-20th century; and to Indigenous alumni of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador. That raises his total to six, the most ever by a PM.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? Lougheed, Klein, Notley, Kenney

One of the sillier narratives competing for traction in the Alberta election is that Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney are modern incarnations of, respectively, Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein. This ignores the fact that Alberta boomed under Lougheed and has been a bust under Notley, and that Kenney is a philosophical conservative while Klein was flexible populist. Paul Stanway sorted much of this out in his review of Mark Milke’s timely book Ralph vs Rachel.

HOT READS

THIS MONTH’S MOST READ C2C STORIES

Goddamn the CBC

For over a century “Goddamn the CPR” was an all-purpose curse unions, western farmers, and others used against the all-powerful Canadian railway. Today the curse could be repurposed to express frustration with the all-powerful CBC state media conglomerate. Critiquing its cost, bias, and programming is a recurring theme here at C2C, including in this piece by Fred Litwin.

The Sorriest Prime Minister Canada’s Ever Had

A Google search of “Justin Trudeau apology” produces over 600,000 hits. Since we published James Coggins’ story “Who Are Government Apologies Really For?” last fall, the prime minister has issued two more apologies for things other governments did; to the Inuit for Ottawa’s handling of tuberculosis in the mid-20th century; and to Indigenous alumni of residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador. That raises his total to six, the most ever by a PM.

Which One Doesn’t Belong? Lougheed, Klein, Notley, Kenney

One of the sillier narratives competing for traction in the Alberta election is that Rachel Notley and Jason Kenney are modern incarnations of, respectively, Peter Lougheed and Ralph Klein. This ignores the fact that Alberta boomed under Lougheed and has been a bust under Notley, and that Kenney is a philosophical conservative while Klein was flexible populist. Paul Stanway sorted much of this out in his review of Mark Milke’s timely book Ralph vs Rachel.

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