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Sunday, 15 May 2016
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The controversy over the sale of light armoured vehicles (LAVs) to Saudi Arabia illustrates the fact that Canada can now decide whether it wants to be one of the world's important powers or not. This does not mean a super power, which is not and will not be on offer for a country of 35 million people. ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/15/2016 12:41 PM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 11 May 2016
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There are signs that aspects of the Trump phenomenon have parallels in currents of public opinion in other advanced democracies. In France, the National Front, which has been somewhat sanitized by the founder's daughter, Marine Le Pen (who expelled her father — several years ago, when he was 87 — from ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/11/2016 12:25 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 7 May 2016
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The United States is now moving in high gear into the most interesting election campaign it has had since 1968, and without the constant riots that occurred throughout that election year and surely, the assassinations (of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy) that shocked the world. As Canada has ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/07/2016 3:49 PM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 4 May 2016
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Donald Trump’s long-awaited foreign-policy speech last week initially generated entirely predictable reactions. His supporters were gratified by a clear and coherent enunciation of his views, which had generally been presented up to then in a scatter-shot fashion, and often seemed more like belligerent ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/04/2016 7:36 AM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 3 May 2016
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My absence in England last week prevented me from celebrating the acquittal of Mike Duffy in this column, but there are a few points still to be made about it. There was never anything wrong with Mike Duffy padding around promoting the Conservative party while a paid-up senator. MPs do that and there ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/03/2016 4:47 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 16 April 2016
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The New Democratic Party's treatment of Thomas Mulcair is disgraceful and cowardly. My own background with Mulcair does not make us natural allies, as he objected in Parliament to my return to this country four years ago, and I have generally not supported the NDP at any level. Our only personal ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/16/2016 7:26 AM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016
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In the din of the campaign for the U.S. presidential nominations, there has been little attention in the United States to what could be one of the most important votes in modern history, on whether the United Kingdom remains in the European Union or not. This is an issue that very few Americans have ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/13/2016 2:12 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 9 April 2016
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A report card on the federal government as it approaches six months in office would have to be reasonably positive. There have been no horrifying blunders such as in the Pearson-Gordon "60 Days of Decision" in 1963, which led to an interesting budget that was quickly withdrawn. (It is a testimony to ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/09/2016 11:27 AM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 6 April 2016
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Since writing last week that the moment of truth had arrived for Donald Trump, even I, and even at this late date, have been astounded at the frenzied amplification of the hysteria of his opponents within the Republican party and in the national media. Everyone seemed to detect that Wisconsin could ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/06/2016 9:58 AM by Conrad Black
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Monday, 4 April 2016
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The accusations of sexual assault against Jian Ghomeshi 18 months ago led to an instant public opinion and professional lynching. After reports of inappropriate workplace behaviour and the later criminal charges were publicly disclosed, Ghomeshi was almost universally presumed to be guilty, was dismissed ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/04/2016 5:53 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 2 April 2016
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Most Americans are as offended by the stylistic shortcomings of Donald Trump as most civilised foreigners are. But few foreigners are aware of the anger and fear among the American public that causes millions of people to overlook Trump’s infelicities and support him. The United States is not accustomed ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2016 7:35 AM by Conrad Black
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Thursday, 24 March 2016
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The feverish activity concerning a third-party race by Republican defectors from Trump is sawdust. Any such effort would replicate the nonsensical challenges of Henry Wallace against Harry Truman in 1948 and John Anderson against Ronald Reagan in 1980. These ideological tantrums gained 2.4 percent of ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/24/2016 10:22 AM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 22 March 2016
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Rob Ford was devoted to Toronto and its people and was always accessible to every Torontonian. He did as he promised and sharply reduced spending by the municipal government and was one of the most personally popular mayors in the city's history. Those who knew him will remember him as a loyal and lively ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2016 1:16 PM by Conrad Black
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Sunday, 20 March 2016
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An avalanche of messages came in after last week’s column denouncing the removal from the campus of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo of the statue of John A. Macdonald and the cancellation of the plan to put up statues of the country’s other 21 former prime ministers, because of Macdonald’s alleged ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/20/2016 8:44 AM by Conrad Black
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Thursday, 17 March 2016
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Those who initially saw the Trump candidacy as an exercise in buffoonery and exhibitionism, and gradually accepted it as an insurgency, now see it as an attempt to hijack and ravish the Republican party and even to hoodwink the entire electorate. The alternative interpretation has been that Donald Trump, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/17/2016 7:19 AM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 12 March 2016
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Canada is suffering from a prolonged pandemic of moral self-flagellation promoted by hemophiliac bleeding hearts and militant native agitators. The latest outburst of it is the recent decision of the governors of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., to withdraw from an arrangement to erect ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/12/2016 4:06 PM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 4 March 2016
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It is with great regret that I take public issue with my colleague John Robson, a columnist and editorial writer for the National Post, in this case over his comments on Donald Trump in this newspaper on Monday. John completely missed the point of the Trump candidacy. Donald Trump polled extensively ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/04/2016 5:05 PM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 1 March 2016
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Each week as I prepare to write about something other than the primary season, a new hobgoblin pops up that compels me to stick with the same subject. The extent of the Trump insurgency in the GOP, but pulling many traditionally Democratic voters as well, has been amply publicized and his progress through ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2016 6:13 PM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 23 February 2016
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Both the United States and Great Britain crossed historic thresholds last week. I will get to the British in a few paragraphs. No Republican candidate who has won the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries has ever been denied his party's nomination, and the only people who have never before run ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/23/2016 12:02 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 20 February 2016
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The Pope’s ill-considered comments about Donald Trump are of a piece with hysterical overreactions to him and his candidacy in this and other countries. No pope has ever overtly intervened in an American political campaign before. Such interventions are not historically uncommon in some places. Pius ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2016 2:03 PM by Conrad Black
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Tuesday, 16 February 2016
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Saturday evening's debate in Greenville, S.C., was not a great night for the Republicans. All of the five surviving candidates accomplished more or less what they set out to achieve. But the atmosphere of accusation and almost continuous interruption must have reduced the credibility of the whole group ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2016 6:59 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 13 February 2016
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Three horrible notions of government intervention have been floating around in Canada recently, and they should be vaporized before they settle in the nostrils of the federal government, historically susceptible as federal Liberals have sometimes been to nasty outbreaks of that contagion. First is the ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2016 5:06 AM by Conrad Black
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Friday, 12 February 2016
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The New Hampshire primary illustrated the determination of the American public to chastise the political class responsible for the successive national disasters of the last 20 years, both parties, all branches and levels of government. The country that rose from a couple of million colonists (and their ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/12/2016 2:10 PM by Conrad Black
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Saturday, 6 February 2016
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The defence review that the federal government has promised by the end of 2016 will be the first in more than 20 years. Given the amounts of money and numbers of people and strategic and industrial questions involved, and the infrequency of such searching examinations, it will be a very important initiative ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2016 7:39 AM by Conrad Black
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Wednesday, 3 February 2016
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Bernie Sanders was the big winner in Iowa, as he had, as he called it, a “virtual tie” with Hillary Clinton, and the Vermont senator has set himself a fine launch into the neighboring state of New Hampshire, where he should trounce Mrs. Clinton next week. The Republican night was toe-curlingly excruciating. ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/03/2016 5:04 AM by Conrad Black
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