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[This review was originally published in Convivium Magazine and in Books and Culture.] It’s a curious irony that the champions of scientism are some of the most vocal advocates of change and progress yet they so rarely change or progress. They’ve said almost nothing new in over a century. Reading Eric Dietrich’s Excellent Beauty: The Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World, I … MORE »

It’s a paradox of politics when one of Canada’s self-identified progressive governments risks a major regressive step in preparing our children for the future. Nor is the conundrum of Alberta’s NDP government debating dismantling its highly innovative choice-based education system baffling only to Canadian pedagogues. The resurgent spouting of old school dogma about the infallibility of State-centered instruction has left even international experts such as … MORE »

Peter Stockland  |  April 13, 2016  |  Government, Leadership, Politics

Showing the pride and impenetrably thick hide of the best political performers, NDP leader Tom Mulcair ignored his own deep wounds to savage the Liberal government in the Commons this week. He was fresh from crippling betrayal by his party at a weekend convention in Edmonton. Yet Mulcair was still at his finest going after Prime Minister Trudeau over an incipient “scandal” around Justice Minister … MORE »

I was in Halifax last week for the appeal hearing on Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society v. Trinity Western University et al. The hearing, which went from Wednesday through to Friday, included three main parties, ten interveners, five Court of Appeal judges and twenty lawyers. The combined hourly rate for all lawyers attending was, I suspect, between $7,000 and $10,000 per hour. Think about that: $10,000 … MORE »

Progressive politics is clearly on a roll in Canada. In fact, some pundits say it has already “run the table,” and question whether it has run out of new places to go. That is a matter for those who scan the political heavens to decide. Here on earth, New Democrats are going to Edmonton this weekend for their federal convention. The Liberals, meanwhile, are bound … MORE »

At the recent Broadbent Institute conference in Ottawa, progressive icon Gloria Steinem dropped a clanger that rates high among the fatuous pensées of this addled decade. “The power of the State,” Steinem opined, “stops at the skin.” Even in this moment of Donald Trump turning political speech into Mad Hatter word balloons, Steinem’s nine-word pronouncement can only leave us gasping: “What, Tom Fool, does that … MORE »

In the throne speech this month, Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell announced the Notley government’s intention to “protect Albertans who are experiencing economic distress from being preyed upon by unscrupulous lenders” and the government’s intention to “introduce an Act to End Predatory Lending.” The idea is sound. As noted in a recent report by Cardus, Banking on the Margins, payday lenders and the loans themselves are … MORE »

To find out more about Cardus’ event with Lord Jonathan Rabbi Sacks and to purchase tickets, please visit: Eventbrite. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks roots today’s religious violence in the soil of very old heresies. By doing so, he also gives us fresh understanding of the spiritual sources of our deep political divides. Rabbi Sacks, who will deliver Cardus’ Hill Family Lecture in Toronto on Tuesday, contends … MORE »

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 »