Author: James R Coggins

Stephen Harper’s Other Book: The Politics of Hockey

Stephen Harper’s new book about the populist uprising against globalization provides pithy insights into contemporary politics. But his lesser-known 2013 work about the early days of professional hockey reveals more about the author and his place in politics. Just as the Central Canadian elites once conspired to keep working-class players out of hockey, so they tried to keep Harper out of power, and failed on both counts. James Coggins detects a hint of gleeful revenge in the hockey-as-social-history writing of Canada’s 22nd prime minister.

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Who are government apologies really for?

Last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a formal apology, on behalf of the government and people of Canada, for something another Liberal government did 79 years ago. It’s his fourth apology for his predecessors’ actions in just three years. This time it’s for the passengers of the MS St. Louis, Jews looking to escape Nazi Germany in 1939, because Canada refused them asylum here. It was a terrible decision with horrible consequences, but obviously Trudeau’s belated apology does nothing to help the victims. So who benefits? Well, writes James Coggins, it makes the PM look good.

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Collateral damage of the ‘greenest city’

The City of Vancouver officially aspires to be “the greenest city in the world”. But if it could see beyond the tip of its upturned nose, it would realize that its transit and land-use policies are dumping its traffic and pollution problems on neighbouring cities and towns in the Fraser Valley. James Coggins, eyewitness to the environmental carnage wreaked by Vancouver’s selfish green virtuousness, reports.

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