The Cambridge Analytica furor is mostly bunk

The truth is that gathering and deploying information to influence people’s voting behaviour has long been a staple of politics

The Cambridge Analytica furor is mostly bunkIf you were an innocent in the world of politics, you might have been shocked by the Cambridge Analytica revelations. There are accusations of “harvesting the private information of millions of Facebook users” and then deploying it to “wage psychological warfare against American democracy.” But let’s be candid: At its core, the handwringing horror is…

Donald Trump vs Robert Mueller: chaos over order

What model best defines American society today? Robert Mueller’s exemplary service or Donald Trump’s life of disruption?

Donald Trump vs Robert Mueller: chaos over orderSelf-made versus Daddy’s boy. University of Virginia Law School versus Wharton School undergraduate economics degree. Bronze Star with Valor and a Purple Heart as a marine captain in Vietnam versus five draft deferments for college and bone spurs. Public service versus entitled self-indulgence. Tight management of a professional work team versus constant leaks, fights and…

Canada falling into the anti-Trump trap

As Canadians try desperately to prove we’re not Trump’s America, we make grievous social and political errors

Canada falling into the anti-Trump trapThe election of President Donald Trump in the United States is changing the political world in Canada. To his critics, Trump’s the worst of everything a human being can be. His detractors call him names that would have been considered extreme even for a president as divisive as Richard Nixon. According to his supporters, he…

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it all

Duties may look like attractive, simple mechanisms to protect domestic interests. But they’re a very expensive way to retain jobs

Trade wars, food fights and a budget that ignores it allThe ugly face of protectionism is slowly making its way across the globe. With trade wars looming on several fronts, including in the agri-food sector, Canada's federal government seems resolved to lose. Bill Morneau is obviously an influential figure in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, but he’s no finance minister – despite his title. Given…

America today: parallels to post-Gorbachev Russia uncanny

The parallels between Russia more than 20 years ago and the United States today are deeply disturbing

America today: parallels to post-Gorbachev Russia uncannyWhen the horrible first reports of the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., began hitting my smartphone feed, I somehow involuntarily reconnected with feelings that I associate with the societal chaos I experienced working in Russia more than 20 years ago. It was the post-Mikhail Gorbachev era, when communism had…

The western media’s appalling embrace of North Korea

The international media is so blind in its disdain for Trump that they are whitewashing the crimes of one of the world’s most repressive regimes

The western media’s appalling embrace of North KoreaThe government of Kim Jong-un is one of the world’s most repressive, holding North Korea’s 25 million people in a virtual slave state. A third or more of North Koreans suffer from malnutrition. The regime’s penal camps are among the harshest on Earth, with a reported 20 per cent of inmates dying within 12 months…

Is Trump’s economic train gaining momentum?

As the midterm U.S. elections in November loom, the battle ramps up between positive financial numbers and fairness in a true democracy

Is Trump’s economic train gaining momentum?Does a spate of positive economic news mean that America is really going to be great again? Will President Donald Trump’s fortunes and polling numbers rise as a result of the economic good news? The Dow Jones industrial average regularly trades over 26,000 and our retirement investments are up significantly over the first year of…

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economy

Some day we may thank Trump for his NAFTA betrayal as it inadvertently reinvigorated our economy and jolted us out of our national complacency

Killing NAFTA could save Canada’s economyThis week represents a critical threshold in the troubled North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) talks between Canada, the United States and Mexico. As the Montreal round of talks begins, it's obvious that very little common ground exists between the parties and almost no progress has been made on substantive issues. It's time to face…

Go ahead, shoot the messenger

The media bears some of the responsibility for Donald Trump even when we stand in defiance of him

Go ahead, shoot the messengerWho’s to blame? When the United States of America regains its sanity – when the political equivalent of the Nuremberg war crimes trial is convened – who will bear the blame for Donald Trump? Who’s responsible? There will be plenty of blame to go around: Russia, of course, for interfering in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin,…

Trump’s penchant for digging ‘s—holes’

The straw that broke the orange-haired camel’s back? Or just another example of intemperate behaviour and the fact he has no filter?

Trump’s penchant for digging ‘s—holes’Columnists are rarely presented with situations to freely use a crude word or term without worrying about an editor’s dreaded red pen. Hence, I’m going to take full advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! What’s this in reference to? U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged use of the derogatory phrase “shithole countries” to describe some Central American…

The American dream is moving north to Canada

Great uncertainty faces Canada and the United States, but Canada seems better equipped to adapt and flourish

The American dream is moving north to CanadaSo how did you like last year? Did it advance your favourite causes? Did it fatten your assets? Did it leave you feeling like the world travelled a few metres forward on the roads that counted? Would it be enough if the 2017 trajectory simply continues for the next 12 months? Not from the perspective…

Canada asleep at the wheel on U.S. tax reform

The advantage this country once had over the United States has been spun on its head. And that means investment will start heading south in droves

Canada asleep at the wheel on U.S. tax reformBy Charles Lammam and Hugh MacIntyre The Fraser Institute Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau once famously quipped that living next to the United States “is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant.” By this he meant that developments in the U.S. often have an outsized effect on Canada. Canadians, like it or not, must always be…

The fake news controversy isn’t really new

News reporting has always been susceptible to allegations of spin and slant, cherry-picking and calculation

The fake news controversy isn’t really newIt’s been a defining characteristic of 2017. U.S. President Donald Trump claims that all negative stories are fake news. The media indignantly responds by casting themselves as pursuers of nothing but the truth. They are, in their view, shining light in the darkness. Then, as with CNN and ABC News last week, the media egregiously…

Learning life’s lessons from the best – and worst – of leaders

What we learned from Winston Churchill and Pierre Trudeau won't be taught to our children by Donald Trump

Learning life’s lessons from the best – and worst – of leadersWinston Churchill was the first political leader I noticed. My school, St. George’s School for Boys, was staffed with many First and Second World War veterans, men and women who revered Churchill. He was constantly held up as the epitome of global politicians: erudite, opinionated, brave, loyal au mort, sportsmanlike, impeccably groomed and dressed for…

Can globalization sustain the economic tide that raises all ships?

Despite its status as an economic superpower, it is the U.S., under Donald Trump, that is shaping the narrative on the abuses of globalization

Can globalization sustain the economic tide that raises all ships?Modern globalization is creating a large number of discontents. Numerous countries feel they’ve been shortchanged over the economic benefits of globalization and free trade. This growing list includes many developing countries and, surprisingly, a few developed countries. One of the leading countries discontented with globalization is the United States. Despite its iconic status as an…