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According to recent polls, more than a third of self-identified white evangelical voters currently support a presidential candidate, Donald Trump, who touts a false story about an American general executing Muslim terrorists with bullets dipped in pig blood as inspirational for the future of American foreign policy (and who endorses the killing of non-combatants in the fight against ISIS). Another one in five white evangelical … MORE »

Co-authored by Michael Van Pelt (President), and Ray Pennings (Executive Vice-President) of Cardus, a Canadian think tank engaged in renewal of North American social architecture. Political conventions are key markers in the trajectories of political movements. Leaders are elected, given votes of confidence or handed their marching papers. Lesser-known party office-holders are elected. Key policy directions are determined. In the next few months, each of … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  March 2, 2016  |  Culture, Government, Leadership, Media, Politics

On April Fool’s Day in 2007, Donald Trump shaved Vince McMahon’s head bald at ringside during WrestleMania’s XXIII. Given the results of Super Tuesday, 2016 American politics might have been the biggest loser. In the avalanche of analysis devoted to Trump and Trumpism in the current primary race, much has been made of The Donald’s formation through his reality TV program and his exemplifying all … MORE »

Michael Van Pelt  |  February 26, 2016  |  Arts, Government, Leadership, Politics

Co-authored by Michael Van Pelt (President), and Ray Pennings (Executive Vice-President) of Cardus, a Canadian think tank engaged in renewal of North American social architecture. As the Manning Centre Conference – aka Woodstock for conservatives – returns to Ottawa this week, prudent participants will avoid making it a festival of backbiting or a nostalgia act. It’s now been four months since the big ‘C’ Conservative … MORE »

My exposure to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) began in 2001 as a newly elected municipal councillor in Vegreville, Alberta and the physical infrastructure advocacy that FCM has built a solid reputation on was quickly apparent. Fast forward to today. I was an invited workshop moderator at the Sustainable Communities Conference organized by FCM and sponsored by one of their internal programs, the Green … MORE »

Euthanasia? Assisted suicide? There’s an app for that. Or there soon might be, the executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association told a joint Senate-Commons committee this week. The committee is studying legislative responses to replace the Criminal Code prohibition on helping someone end his or her life. That provision was struck down, of course, exactly a year ago by the Supreme Court of … MORE »

A “must read” story for all Canadians is Jane Taber’s recent Globe and Mail piece on making legislatures more family friendly. Like all really good journalism, it is most compelling for the follow up questions that it provokes and pushes forward as much as for the existing circumstance it describes. Taber begins with the example of a 28-year-old government MLA in Alberta who, about to … MORE »

Thirty-five years ago, bankruptcies of two major daily newspapers prompted such concern across Canada that a royal commission was struck to inquire into the future of the industry. This month alone, four major English-language metro papers, one small city paper as old as Confederation itself and another that had been in circulation for 141 years, and the print version of Montreal’s La Presse, effectively ceased … MORE »

Written by Beth Green (Cardus Program Director, Education), and Ben Woodfinden. Parents and children should be at the heart of education, not teachers or cumbersome regulation. National School Choice Week, spearheaded by our neighbour to the south, offers a chance to highlight examples of school diversity already on offer in Canada’s provinces and to renew the call for a national conversation on parental choice. A … MORE »

Waggish Ottawa columnist John Robson observes in the National Post that Prime Minister Trudeau’s maiden speech to the Davos Economic Forum left out much while not leaving out nearly enough. Our prime minister’s oration this week to the world’s richest at their annual gathering in Switzerland was top heavy with platitudes, Robson notes, while substance was left cold, curled and alone on the cutting room … MORE »