WSP Journalistsedition

Chris Selley: Charles Taylor … niqab defender?

Twice in recent days, philosopher Charles Taylor has appeared in the Canadian media as a voice of reason in opposition to Stephen Harper’s anti-niqab machinations and (some say) clumsy remarks about Islam. In that capacity he has made a good... Read More

John Ivison: Tories’ behaviour during anti-terror bill hearings borderline anti-democratic

Even in the darkest days of the Second World War, Winston Churchill addressed the House of Commons with the latest news, good or bad, and never shrank from a vote of censure. “I am,” he used to say, “a servant... Read More

Christie Blatchford: Whatever you name it, young victims ‘destroyed’ at the hands of pimps

The modern name is human trafficking, among the modern particular offences “material benefit from sexual services,” or in this case, “material benefit from sexual services under 18 years.” But a pimp is a pimp is a pimp. “There’s no difference,”... Read More

Kelly McParland: Trudeau proves Harper isn’t the only one with modest artistic talents

There are many things about Stephen Sharper about which the Liberal party is envious. One, he’s the Prime Minister. Two, he’s the Prime Minster instead of a Liberal. Three, he keeps getting re-elected prime minister over Liberals. All these are... Read More

Full Pundit: News flash — Alberta isn’t Norway

Buyer’s remorse Stephen Gordon, writing in the National Post, argues the Norwegian model for managing oil revenues, which is so popular among “big picture pundits,” really isn’t all that applicable to Alberta: Whereas Norway’s oil reserves “will be exhausted within... Read More

Kelly McParland: Blame Alberta. Death comes to ‘no new taxes’ as ‘tax and spend’ rises from the grave

Mandel NGAN / FILESMANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer U.S. President George H.W. Bush: He started it. There was a time in Canada, and not that long ago, when you couldn’t breathe the words “tax hike” without getting an ugly look from the... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Danielle Smith just a victim of the old bait and switch

I think we have all been guilty of misjudging Danielle Smith. At the time, so many lifetimes ago, when the former Wildrose party leader deserted not only her former party but also her own former leadership of it, many people... Read More

John Ivison: Weak showing in new poll has some Liberals wondering if Trudeau has lost his lustre

The Liberal sense of manifest destiny has taken a hit with a new poll that suggests the party has less than 30% support — a drop of nearly 10 points in six months. Since Justin Trudeau became Liberal leader, there... Read More

Marni Soupcoff: Cops run amok

The annoyed Vancouver police sergeant can be heard saying “Hit the brakes, moron” before he eventually breaks the car window of the motorist he has pulled over for — well, we never do find out what for. The November incident was... Read More

Full Pundit: In which Danielle Smith slightly miscalculates

WEEKEND ROUNDUP And that was the Danielle Smith era The Wildrose leader crosses the floor, loses the Tory nomination in Highwood and scuttles out the back door. There may be some lessons here.  Alberta Premier Jim Prentice “couldn’t have planned... Read More

Quebec students get a lesson in austerity

Premier Philippe Couillard’s new debt-reducing budget has suddenly given campus strikers something new to protest against ... Read More

George F. Will: What makes Democrats want Hillary as a candidate?

An abscess of anger seems to gnaw at Hillary Clinton, but the reasons for her resentments remain unclear. The world’s oldest party, which governed the nation during two world wars and is the primary architect of America’s regulatory and redistributive... Read More

Conrad Black: A reply to my atheist critics — they protest too much

Not since I have written about cats and dogs has a column of mine in this newspaper stirred such a voluminous and highly charged response as my reflections here last week on John Lennox’s success in debates, as a scientific... Read More

Andrew Coyne: Party that wins federal election could be squeezed out of government

Perhaps you saw that story the other day about David Johnston’s term as governor general being extended for two years, to September 2017. Perhaps you said to yourself, that’s nice — nice man, looks a little like Johnny Carson. Perhaps... Read More

Rex Murphy: The modern university risks becoming a cocoon of self-indulgence and anti-intellectualism

Lighthouses of reason, or beacons of  folly? Which more readily applies to some modern universities? If you have been happy enough to read a New Statesman piece recently, there would be little hesitation in opting for the latter. The column... Read More

John Ivison: Opposition antics help explain why government isn’t budging on parliamentary oversight in C-51

The New Democrats and the Liberals have laid out their suggested amendments to the government’s flawed anti-terror legislation. Both call for parliamentary oversight in the form of a national security committee of parliamentarians that would have sweeping powers to investigate... Read More

No nation is safe in the politics of oil — including Canada

The global community has more unsafe neighborhoods than gated ones and no nation is safe anymore, including Canada. This means that nation-state models are challenged and must recalibrate all the time. For example, last August everything changed, economically speaking, for... Read More

No nation is safe in the politics of oil — including Canada

The global community has more unsafe neighborhoods than gated ones and no nation is safe anymore, including Canada. This means that nation-state models are challenged and must recalibrate all the time. For example, last August everything changed, economically speaking, for... Read More

Christie Blatchford: In world of mental illness, alleged actions of Germanwings pilot were an exception, not the rule

Of all the horrifying revelations that have so far emerged from the crash of a Germanwings jet this week, there may be none thornier, with wider ramifications, than what German prosecutors announced Friday — that the co-pilot who is believed... Read More

Full Pundit: Quebec and Alberta, united in budgetary pain

The road to Norway “More like a budget for war than an election,” is the Don Braid‘s take in the Calgary Herald on Jim Prentice’s bombshell plan released yesterday: Serious income tax hikes and no more flat tax, “gigantic borrowing,”... Read More