Category Leadership

A New Sharia Law

The Government of Quebec, that bastion of secularism, is planning a new tax based on Islamic law. Sad thing is, the politicians involved probably have no idea what they are doing. Jizya, according to Wikipedia, is a “form of financial charge on permanent non-Muslim subjects of a state governed by Islamic law.” While no longer officially policy […]

Have Times Changed?

In Germany in the 1930s it was the Jews who were the government scapegoats. They were portrayed as being responsible for all the ills of society. Get rid of them and Germany would be a paradise. History tells us what happened. Jews in Germany saw their rights being abridged by the state. Politicians, starting at […]

No School Today

Public schools in Ontario are closed for the Christmas  break (which they probably call a winter break, I haven’t checked). When they will reopen is a matter of some conjecture. The Premier said on Friday that it was too early to say if schools would reopen in January, given the COVID case count. Too me […]

Rethinking COVID

As we prepare to celebrate our second COVID Christmas, maybe it is time to stop kidding ourselves and accept the new reality. This isn’t going away anytime soon.  Instead of trying to beat COVID-19, perhaps it is time we learned to live with it. There are precedents after all. In Canada about three thousand people […]

Thoughts for Saturday

One of the first things I do each Saturday morning is check my email for the weekly opinion piece by Ray Pennings, who is Executive Vice President of the think tank Cardus. Ray always makes me think, sometimes challenging my beliefs. other times expressing my thoughts much more elequently what I have been thinking. Ray’s […]

Right Thinking Triumphs

Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that occurs within a group of people in which the desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Cohesiveness, or the desire for cohesiveness, in a group may produce a tendency among its members to agree at all costs. This causes the […]

Where Is The Uproar?

I gave it a week to simmer, to allow my outrage to die down. It hasn’t. What concerns me though is that no-one I have spoken with recently has mentioned to me that we have been part of a military experiment. Do Canadians not care? I have been asked dozens of times since returning to […]

The Knives Are Out

I was confused when I answered the phone. Who conducts a political poll three days after an election? As the automated caller worked through its questions the purpose became clear. Did I think Canada was moving in the right direction? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no. Which party did I vote for? (I lied […]

Waste? What Waste?

Ottawa taxpayers are wresting with the big questions this week. Which was the bigger waste of money?Monday’s federal election cost more than $600 million to stage, and has left us with pretty much the same government we had before.  That price does seem like a bargain though compared to the city’s light rail line. Built […]

And The Winner Will Be…

Canadians choose a new government today. In theory anyway. As I write this, the polls will be open for another few hours, and then the counting begins. Given how close the tally is expected to be, and with a million mail-in ballots that won’t be counted before Tuesday, it may be a few days before […]