Manning Centre director says Albertans see the Wildrose Party as rural extremists

Don’t bank on Wildrose leading a united right because too many Albertans see the party as rural extremists, says an influential Manning Centre director. Cliff Fryers, Preston Manning’s former chief of staff who now sits on the Manning Centre’s board of directors, rattled through a list of “weaknesses” and “problems” with uniting the right at … More Manning Centre director says Albertans see the Wildrose Party as rural extremists

Life after Harper: Reimagining Canadian Conservatism

Potential Conservative leaders are vying for a tarnished crown The Civitas Society will meet this weekend at the Delta Ottawa City Centre to mark the 20th anniversary of its founding. I have friends who will attend, but because I am not reliably conservative I’m not invited and my friends are keeping mum about what they’ll … More Life after Harper: Reimagining Canadian Conservatism

Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

This week, a right-wing populist delivered fiery speeches in North America, inveighing against political correctness, globalization and the threat of radical Islam. The politician, who could even be elected president one day, said the powers-that-be were not taking the Muslim peril seriously and warned of the dangers of letting in Syrian refugees. “Whoever condemns Islamic fundamentalism is accused of Islamophobia,” … More Canada shows how to deal with the world’s Donald Trumps: Just ignore them.

No, Canada didn’t dodge the bullet, they were hit first

Quite often when we talk about right-wing populist parties we think of Europe – of Ukip, the French National Front, the Dutch Freedom Party, the Swedish Democrats, Golden Dawn, or Donald Trump in the United States. Yet arguably the most successful right-wing populist leader in the 21st century was in Canada: the former prime minister … More No, Canada didn’t dodge the bullet, they were hit first

Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

PHOTOS: Right-wing commentator Ezra Levant in a typical pose, photo by David Stobbe of the University of Saskatchewan. Below: stringer Sheila Gunn Reid in a screen shot of The Rebel’s approach to journalism; Mr. Levant in another familiar pose, a few months before Sun TV folded its tent; and Edmonton Sun-Journal political columnist Lorne Gunter, … More Go figure! Ezra Levant, the Pied Piper of right-wing-nuttery, has the mainstream media singing his tune!

How deep into Hell did Harper put Canada? Environment Canada officers failed to uphold the law, ignored infractions to keep in line with Ottawa’s (Harper’s? Encana’s?) “priorities”

[Image if Albertans could get a review of AER/Alberta Environment’s failures to uphold laws in the province, and a review of their fraudulent engagement to cover-up industry’s pollution and harms] The federal department that enforces Canada’s environmental laws is in such disarray that some officers say they have been ignoring infractions in order to keep … More How deep into Hell did Harper put Canada? Environment Canada officers failed to uphold the law, ignored infractions to keep in line with Ottawa’s (Harper’s? Encana’s?) “priorities”

The crisis in Canada’s oil patch demonstrates the right-wing populist’s lack of self-awareness and persecution complex

The drive-by smearing of Justin Trudeau — three months into his new government — is reaching comic proportions. iPolitics columnist Tasha Kheiriddin coined a clever phrase to describe Trudeau’s political style: the “Oprah-fication of Ottawa.” Witty. Still beats the ‘Stalinization’ of Canada under the previous government. (Remember 24/7 — that publicly-funded PMO ‘news’ services that … More The crisis in Canada’s oil patch demonstrates the right-wing populist’s lack of self-awareness and persecution complex