Politics and its Discontents: A Unity Of Purpose

In these polarized times, it seems that two age groups are often looked upon by the media in almost absolutist terms. We are told, for example, that people over the age of 65 are the most likely to vote (about 75 per cent did so in the 2011 election), and that their support predominantly goes ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Things To Give Thanks For

H/t Toronto Star As we celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, moving beyond the usual things we express gratitude for (family, health, etc.), here are a few other things I give thanks for: A high turnout in advance polls: Elections Canada says it estimates some 850,000 people voted on Friday, the first day of advance polls. The ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Better Angels Of Our Nature

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” – Abraham Lincoln Stephen Harper, of course, is doing ...

Politics and its Discontents: Breaking News On Omar Khadr

T The Harper vendetta against Omar Khadr has suffered another defeat: The Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday that Omar Khadr, the former teenage al-Qaeda member freed on bail last week in Alberta, should be treated as if he were sentenced as a juvenile. The federal government had argued that he deserved to be treated ...

Politics and its Discontents: Continuing With A Theme

Well, as a new week dawns I find that I am not quite ready to turn to new topics, as Omar Khadr is still very much in the news. For a good roundup of the implications of his release on bail and his short media scrum, be sure to check out Montreal Simon’s post today. ...

Politics and its Discontents: Oh, And Another Thing

Without doubt, some readers will be wearying of my seeming obsession with Omar Khadr. A good part of my interest in him over the past few years stems from the injustice with which he has been treated, given the flouting by both Canada and the U.S. of International human rights law as it pertains to ...

Politics and its Discontents: The Sweet Taste Of Freedom

Watching Omar Khadr’s media scrum last night, it became obvious why the Harper regime fought so hard, first, to deny media access to him while he was in prison, and second, why it so vigorously opposed his release on bail: when you control the narrative, you have free rein, as the regime had, to demonize ...

Politics and its Discontents: Fear In The Streets? It’s What He Wants

Those of us who have been following the machinations of our Machiavellian prime minster know that he seems intent on remaking Canada in his own malevolent image – a land where fear, suspicion, and division prevail, a land where only he and his party deserve the people’s electoral trust to keep a panoply of hobgoblins ...

Politics and its Discontents: I Start To Worry

This is, I believe, the second time in recent weeks that I have agreed with Rex Murphy. You see my problem. Recommend this Post