Thank you for this. You've touched on a few things I've been thinking about for a long time (will I be cancelled if I disagree with certain 'woke' commenters, even if I agree with other things they say? Is it really any better when a person of colour says they hate me for my race, or that I'm somehow crueler and more savage because of my European ancestry?) but wonder if I'll be condemned on social media if I ask them too loudly.

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of white people are uncertain about what exactly they're supposed…


Wouldn't a simpler method for interprovincial trade be for the federal government to invoke Section 94 of the 1867 Constitution Act, which authorizes the federal government to transfer responsibility for property rights and trade to itself with the consent of the provinces, with only Quebec being exempt from Section 94? As more and more provinces joined, businesses and other third parties could put more and more pressure on the holdouts to join.

Concerns from regions like Alberta about it not taking into account their particular circumstances could be alleviated by placing its national headquarters in some place like Calgary, which would also make sense as being one of the country's leading business hubs?


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A year ago, before Canada was turned upside down by the coronavirus, many Canadians’ attention was held by the angry blockades and protests Indigenous people across the country held against the construction of the Coastal GasLink pipeline on the traditional territories of the Wetsu’wet’en Nation in B.C. A common theme in those protests was that pipelines shouldn’t be built on ‘stolen land’.

I’ve heard the notion that Canada ‘s stolen land’ more and more these days. So what are the notion’s bigger implications? …


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In his latest column, Brian McLeod claimed free enterprise is better at solving problems than governments (“Free enterprise can do what governments can’t,” Jan. 27 Gazette). But free enterprise has its problems too, and sometimes governments are actually better at solving problems.

Just look at the privatized American health care system. Despite being run by free enterprise, it’s so bloated and inefficient that it’s a far bigger drain on both Americans’ public and private dollars than our government-run system. There are plenty of horror stories about people being financially ruined by hospital bills, often for things that aren’t their fault…


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Most people would probably agree 2020 has been a tire fire of a year. A lot of that comes from the coronavirus, but part of it also comes from issues that have been building for a very long time.

The federal government had to borrow a colossal amount of money as part of its relief efforts to keep people from losing their livelihoods and provide medical care. It’s also had to order and import a vaccine developed in a foreign country. I can’t help but wonder how much lower those deficits would be if previous governments hadn’t repeatedly cut taxes…


Canadian Hero’s

Blood Nation recruits of the 191st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, posing at Fort MacLeod, Alberta (Photo and caption Glenbow Archives, NA-2164–1, photo provided by Veterans Affairs Canada)

Each November, Canadians commemorate Remembrance Day as a way to pay respects to the soldiers and veterans who fought and gave their lives for our freedom. The stories of many of the soldiers who fought for us are rightly known to most Canadians, but the stories and contributions of the Indigenous soldiers are often overlooked. It’s a shame, particularly when you realize the context in which those Indigenous soldiers enlisted and fought.

In her book Canada’s First Nations, A History Of Founding Peoples From Earliest Times, Métis historian Olive Dickason noted Indigenous people enlisted during the World Wars at a…


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After reading Ken Allred’s rant about how the West allegedly ‘wants out’, I just have one thing to say:

Speak for yourself.

Allred actually makes a number of valid points about the problems Western Canada faces, like our being underrepresented in Parliament, about how we’re shafted when it comes to our resources, and so on. He goes completely off the rails, though, when he raves about how Pierre Trudeau and his supporters accomplished the ‘francization’ of Canada.

What Allred forgets — or perhaps prefers not to mention — is that Quebec separatism and Trudeau’s bilingual policies in fact came from…

Jared Milne

Passionately devoted to Canadian unity. Fascinated by Canadian politics and history. Striving to understand the mysteries of Canada.

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