Shared principles can overcome even profound political differences

Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontain' friendship allowed them to approach politics with moderation and principled prudence

In an era of hyper-partisanship, it is worthwhile to examine a friendship that helped form Canadian politics. Robert Baldwin and Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine were the fathers of responsible government in Canada. They believed that such government must be neither English nor French, but Canadian. And the friendship of Baldwin, the Upper Canadian Anglican, and Lafontaine, the Lower Canadian Roman Catholic, transcended the ethnic, linguistic,…

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wage

Too much at stake for Alberta workers to enter the “uncharted waters” of a $15 minimum wage without assessing the potential dangers

Premier Notley right to reconsider $15 minimum wageBy Steve Lafleur and Hugh McIntyre The Fraser Institute In a recent interview, Premier Rachel Notley seemed to hint that the Government of Alberta could slow its plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 if the economy remains weak. The premier’s comments came one day after it was reported that an internal government briefing…

How Uber dodges paying tax in Canada

Uber uses a scheme called Double Dutch to avoid paying any taxes in Canada

How Uber dodges paying tax in CanadaWhy would anyone object to Uber, the user-friendly on-line drive-share service? Uber’s many riders obviously love it, but it seems civic officials are having conniptions. Their main complaint is that Uber drivers are unlicensed to carry passengers and may not have adequate insurance. In addition, officials are genuinely concerned that the presence of Uber creates…

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’

An influential book from 1940 laid the guilt of appeasing Nazi Germany at the feet of 15 public figures

Winston Churchill and the villainous ‘Guilty Men’While writing a recent column on Winston Churchill, I thought about the so-called Guilty Men, that being the title of a hugely influential polemic first published in the summer of 1940. The book’s thesis was simple: Britain’s dire straits could be laid at the door of 15 public figures who were deemed guilty of having…

Winston Churchill: ruffian or hero?

A very useful guy to have around when the chips were down

Winston Churchill: ruffian or hero?When Winston Churchill died 50 years ago this month, it marked the end of an era. Already a shade past his 90th birthday, he was the last survivor of the Second World War’s top political leadership. And given his youthful participation in a cavalry charge at the 1898 Battle of Omdurman, it was as if…
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