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A Plan for a Catastrophe That Never Comes

Seems like everyone has a plan to save the planet from Catastrophic Global Warming. Naomi Klein has a Leap Manifesto and Alexandria Octavio-Cortez a Green New Deal. Justin Trudeau has a carbon tax and Andrew Scheer has a, er, whatever. Unfortunately, all of them are economically catastrophic. But here at last is Grant Brown’s affordable Climate Change Survival Guide.

The Enemy of Free Speech Is Us

Canadians are polite to a fault, and it may be our undoing as a free people. Where we once allowed free expression to be suppressed in the name of traditional morals, we now allow it to be trampled in the name of victims. Government, academic and media complicity in this suppression is rampant, warns Fergus Hodgson, in a stirring call to impoliteness.

The Terrors Of Dr.Suzuki

Professional catastrophist David Suzuki has called humans “maggots”, “cancer”, and “bacteria”. His misanthropy is celebrated and taught in schools. But the arc of human progress proves his “science” is hogwash, write Pierre Desrochers and Joanna Szurmak, as it was with all the Malthusians before him.

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May Day! May Day! Alberta elects the NDP

Despite Alberta’s reputation as a bastion of conservatism in Canada, some would argue that its voters have a long history of electing big, intrusive governments. Under Social Credit in the 1930s, the government started a bank, and even invented its own currency. Peter Lougheed’s very Progressive Conservative regime bought an airline, created an oil company, and salted billions away in the Heritage Savings Slush Fund. It was probably inevitable the province would one day elect an actual socialist government. The only surprise, writes Colman Byfield, is how long it took, especially in light of how hard the ruling Tory dynasty worked to dethrone themselves.

Incremental Conservatism: Mr. Harper Goes to Ottawa

Criticism from the right of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently come into vogue. Economists from the Fraser Institute have condemned aspects of Conservative tax policy. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation called the 2006 budget “Liberal Lite.” Gerry Nicholl, who used to work for Mr. Harper at the National Citizens Coalition, has become a frequent critic in the Globe and Mail and other media. And, going beyond media criticism, people associated with the Free Dominion website held an organizational meeting in May 2007 to found a new version of the Reform Party. Are things really so bad, that after only 18 months in power, conservatives are ready to go back to the days of division on the right?

May Day! May Day! Alberta elects the NDP

Despite Alberta’s reputation as a bastion of conservatism in Canada, some would argue that its voters have a long history of electing big, intrusive governments. Under Social Credit in the 1930s, the government started a bank, and even invented its own currency. Peter Lougheed’s very Progressive Conservative regime bought an airline, created an oil company, and salted billions away in the Heritage Savings Slush Fund. It was probably inevitable the province would one day elect an actual socialist government. The only surprise, writes Colman Byfield, is how long it took, especially in light of how hard the ruling Tory dynasty worked to dethrone themselves.

Incremental Conservatism: Mr. Harper Goes to Ottawa

Criticism from the right of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has recently come into vogue. Economists from the Fraser Institute have condemned aspects of Conservative tax policy. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation called the 2006 budget “Liberal Lite.” Gerry Nicholl, who used to work for Mr. Harper at the National Citizens Coalition, has become a frequent critic in the Globe and Mail and other media. And, going beyond media criticism, people associated with the Free Dominion website held an organizational meeting in May 2007 to found a new version of the Reform Party. Are things really so bad, that after only 18 months in power, conservatives are ready to go back to the days of division on the right?