What's in a name? The Social Credit government of B.C. (1952-1972) was in many ways 'progressive'. The Liberal government of Gordon Campbell and Christy Clark since 2001, in comparison, has joined the Stephen Harper federal Conservatives in the move towards fascism in Canada.
By now, we’re probably all sick of hearing about Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and everything to do with him. However, it’s worth considering just how he got elected in the first place, how things got so bad, and what its larger implications are for Canada.
Younger Canadians have forgotten the moves towards independence - a product of Left nationalism - that were abruptly terminated with end of the Trudeau era in the early 1980s. In the productive period leading up to that moment a way was shown to take Canada back ... now.
At this time, just over halfway through Stephen Harper’s first term as a majority government, it’s worth finding out if traditional Canadian conservatism, more popularly known as Red Toryism, is dead. B.C. scholar Ron Dart has analyzed eleven of the main principles of Red Toryism in an extensive article on the subject.
It’s common these days to hear the claim that Red Toryism is dead in Canadian politics. Many observers believe that the demise of the older version of Canadian conservatism, popularized by the likes of John A. Macdonald, John Diefenbaker and Robert Stanfield, is gone for good. Canadian conservatism has supposed shifted to more closely mimic its American counterpart. Now, Canadian conservatism is supposed to emphasize the marketplace, laissez-faire individualism and drastically cutting government spending and taxes.
Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life
A novel that has held me for many a year is Boris Pasternak’s lyrical and poetic Dr. Zhivago. The tale is told by Yevgraf Zhivago-- he is in search of his distinguished half-brother, Dr. Yuri Zhivago.
The Prime Minister's Office is home to much that seems highy questionable in the Senate Expenses Scandal. Nigel Wright's payment of $90,000.00 to Mike Duffy is only part of the story. Is the PMO a criminal organization?
The Jessica Ernst case (Alberta) against EnCana, the Alberta Regulator, and the Alberta government opens questions about the 'loyalty' of that government - to private corporations or to the people of the province?
Climate change is big ... and threatening. Capitalism denies it exists - with its partner the Canadian Conservative government. What does that mean for life in Canada now and for the future?