It’s not easy doing business in Canada

We placed a dismal 18th for ease of doing business, even behind such countries as Georgia and Macedonia

It’s not easy doing business in CanadaThe World Bank recently issued its annual report on the ease of doing business in 190 countries and territories. And, again, Canada isn’t near the top – in fact, we sit 18th. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there’s room for improvement. Small New Zealand was first, Singapore second and Denmark third. Our main…

Learning economic lessons from an Old World master

An IMF report uses Italy to highlight the dangers of a bloated, unproductive public sector, but it is just pertinent to Canada

Learning economic lessons from an Old World masterThe International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a study released with its latest Global Financial Stability Report, chided Italy, a perennial underperformer famous for its large, unaffordable and growth-stifling public sector. Why does this matter to anyone outside that beautiful, historic Mediterranean country? Because the follies of the modern Romans aren’t unique. They suffuse Canada and…

America was perfect before Trump came along – honest

No mass shootings, no racial tension, no workplace harassment and all Americans lived in peace and prosperity

America was perfect before Trump came along – honestIt’s been just over a year since the 2016 U.S. election or, as I like to call it, the election that will not die. Thanks to my near supernatural skills at reading a room, I’ve reached the conclusion that a smattering of journalists are irked at Donald Trump and his aggressive style of leadership. Maybe…

The unravelling of a U.S. presidency 50 years ago

Lyndon Johnson, who became President after the assassination JFK, watched it all slip away thanks to the Vietnam War

The unravelling of a U.S. presidency 50 years agoNov. 30, 1967, was a fateful day for U.S. President Lyndon Johnson. Although the political cognoscenti didn’t recognize it at the time, things began to unravel when Sen. Eugene McCarthy announced that he’d oppose Johnson in the 1968 Democratic presidential primaries. The smart money believed that any serious internal Democratic challenge to Johnson would have…

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fiction

Warren Kinsella's new novel Recipe for Hate chronicles fanatics insinuating their way into positions of power

Social recipe brews up a life that imitates a new work of fictionLife sometimes imitates fiction – and not in ways you’d expect. For example, I’ve just published a book called Recipe For Hate. It’s a novel. Without giving away the plot, I can reveal that Recipe For Hate is about fanatics insinuating themselves into positions of power and influence. It’s about zealots, on the right and the…

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellow

Why did Anthony Rapp not reach out to Kevin Spacey in private and reveal the hurt, confusion and anger this incident engendered?

Haunted by the past – and social media’s full-throated bellowHow guilty are we when our past deeds come back to haunt us? Something done yesterday and revealed today means we must answer for our actions in short order. Certainly, the longer the time between act and revelation doesn’t lessen the scorn heaped upon the perpetrator. But how far do we stretch that window of…

Bringing clarity to the muddy waters of separatist movements

Canada's Clarity Act may be the key to managing issues of sovereignty around the world

Bringing clarity to the muddy waters of separatist movementsMany Canadians still have sharp memories of the Oct. 30, 1995, Quebec sovereignty referendum. Now, what the experience taught our nation may be of great use to other countries. Quebec voters were asked by their government, led by the Parti Quebecois, to decide if the province should assert national sovereignty, arguably with some form of…

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic State

The IS brand of Islam institutionalizes sexism, misogyny, homophobia, racism, sectarianism and slavery. It’s a barbaric credo

Facing up to the harsh truth about the Islamic StateIn October 2017, Britain’s International Development Minister, Rory Stewart, made a case for the in-theatre termination of Britons fighting for the Islamic State (IS). Stewart said: “They believe in an extremely hateful doctrine which involves … trying to use violence and brutality to create an eighth-century … state. …. [T]hese people are a serious danger…

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the Congo

In a male-dominated, corrupt and violent political climate, Congolese women stand together to be heard as they change their country from within

A spirit of hope shines through tragedy in the CongoCivil war has been going on since the mid-1990s in the Congolese region and as many as six million people may have died in the conflict. The rape of women, children and even men is common. The United Nations has a peacekeeping force on the ground and foreign aid workers are present. International consumer advocacy…

How Donald Trump will finally lose his steadfast supporters

Opposition research showing a bizarre scene in a Russian hotel room will ultimately be released and it will be the president's undoing

How Donald Trump will finally lose his steadfast supportersHate him. The 70 per cent of Americans who self-identify as Democrats or independents share one thing: they hate, hate, hate Donald Trump. They want him gone. Impeached, indicted, whatever. Gone. The 30 per cent who still call themselves Republicans, however, love him. They adore him. They stick with him. No amount of controversy, no…
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