Canada is becoming an authoritarian state

We are venturing into a new authoritarian version of what used to be a wonderful country

Canada is becoming an authoritarian stateThe discussions held by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Premiers leading up to the imposition of The Emergencies Act will not be made public, but the results are obvious: All Premiers except one, Ontario Premier Doug Ford, told Trudeau not to do it. I’m sure that they all urged the Prime Minister to take…

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movement

The world is watching Canada. Trudeau must separate his blend of public health and authoritarianism

Trudeau response to Freedom Convoy turned it into a global movementPublic health doctors created vaccination mandates and vaccine passports. Doctors tabled the ideas. Politicians docilely followed doctors’ advice and turned it into policy. Ideas shaped the policy and policy formed a protest. Public policy made the truckers’ Freedom Convoy a reality. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s response turned the protest into a global movement. The historic…

Free expression is still under threat with Bill-C11

Same pig with different lipstick

Free expression is still under threat with Bill-C11In the spring of 2021, the federal government faced considerable backlash for its clumsy attempt at regulating Canadian content on the Internet. Bill C-10 was concerned with “compelling companies like Netflix Inc and TikTok Inc to finance and promote Canadian content.” It was controversial, not least because the law could be read to target content…

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies Act

An overextension of government powers shot an arrow through the heart of our democracy

Trudeau set horrendous precedent by invoking Emergencies ActThe Freedom Convoy has dominated the domestic and international news cycle for nearly three weeks. The protest is in the process of coming to a stunning conclusion, based on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act on Monday. Things were gradually winding down in recent days. Protesters were removed from the Ambassador…

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroad

If supply chains are the backbone of our economy, the border is its spinal cord

Invoking the Emergencies Act will help Canada’s reputation abroadIn recent days, many Canadians have watched in disbelief as protesters easily blocked many access points between the United States and Canada. For six painful days, the blockades included the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., a key trade conduit between the two countries, forcing trucks to be rerouted towards Sarnia. Other border crossings were disrupted…

Now is the time for mass resignations from within the Ruling Class

The system of government we thought we had has proven to be illusory

Now is the time for mass resignations from within the Ruling ClassIf there is a historical precedent for the truckers’ revolt in Canada and the populist protests in so many other parts of the world, I would like to know what it is. It surely sets the record for convoy size, and it is historic for Canada. But there is much more going on here, something…

Canada must take a stand against China’s totalitarian use of tech

Democracies, even Canada, are beginning to wake up to the threats posed by China

Canada must take a stand against China’s totalitarian use of techIn an end-of-year message to Canadians, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned that Beijing was playing democracies off against each other, suggesting the country might begin a much needed policy change to respond to China’s “coercive diplomacy.” Soon after, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, let it be known that the Trudeau government is developing…

All Canadians need to unite against the vax tax

The government answer to any problem is to hammer Canadians with higher taxes

All Canadians need to unite against the vax taxBy Franco Terrazzano and Kris Sims Canadian Taxpayers Federation As we head into the third year of revolving government lockdowns, Canadians have every right to be furious. But we shouldn’t let politicians divide us. And we shouldn’t be duped into believing that we are going to tax our way out of a pandemic. “We’re looking…

Taxing the unvaccinated takes us down a slippery slope

What's next? A tax on fat people?

Taxing the unvaccinated takes us down a slippery slopeOur patience is running thin as we plod through yet another wave of COVID-19. We’re starting to get annoyed at political and medical leaders, who we loved and trusted at the beginning of the pandemic – and only because they haven’t got us through it yet. Deep down, we know that everyone is doing the…

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?

Jurisdictions with the most repressive lockdowns have higher death rates per case

Do lockdowns actually worsen COVID-19’s impact?The most mentioned reason for lockdowns has been the protection of health-care systems. The claim is that such protection saves lives. So is it fair to ask how well health systems are performing their lockdown life-saving duty? There are several points from which one can compare health jurisdictions and their fight against COVID-19. One can…

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prison

Fear of dying has stripped us of the courage to live

Time to escape from our COVID-induced prisonIt’s been almost two years now since I had a social life of any kind. You remember social life, don’t you? Having friends over for dinner, going to a crowded restaurant on Friday after work and feeling the buzz of interaction, picking your way through the mob at the farmer’s market, having a couple over…

Free speech can’t be filtered through a bureaucratic superstructure

The Trudeau government wants you to believe it’s targeting hate speech when, in reality, it’s targeting free speech

Free speech can’t be filtered through a bureaucratic superstructureFree speech ensures that Canadians have the right to tell governments when they’re wrong. While this may be unpleasant for governments, it is absolutely vital in a democratic society. Rather than strengthening Canadians’ rights, the Trudeau government wants to filter free speech through the lens of a bureaucratic superstructure. There can be no doubt that…

Democracy cannot survive if free speech is regulated by government

Unfortunately the Trudeau Liberals believe otherwise

Democracy cannot survive if free speech is regulated by governmentCanada did not build protection of certain rights and freedoms into its Constitution because, as some might think, they are saucy symbols of pop virtues. They are there because serious people understood that without the Charter of Rights and Freedoms the nation would fail to be a modern liberal democracy. The fundamental freedoms – those…

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make sense

The draconian lockdown policies of the Nova Scotia government have long since crossed into authoritarianism

Why vaccine reluctance continues to make senseIt’s a well-known saying and a generally accepted truth that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely. There’s much less consensus, however, about what absolute power looks like. How do we know the difference between legitimate power and when a person or institution has too much and must be resisted? The draconian lockdown policies…

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in Canada

The role of government in a democracy isn’t to create barriers to free choice

We don’t need mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports in CanadaAs parts of the world begin to turn the corner with COVID-19, the discussion related to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine passports has started to intensify. A vaccine passport is a document that confirms an individual’s full immunization against COVID-19. It will contain a proper record of the COVID-19 vaccine doses that a person received and may…