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Charles Krauthammer: Autocracy on the rise, democracy on defence

Twenty-five years ago — December 1991 — communism died, the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union disappeared. It was the largest breakup of an empire in modern history and not a shot was fired. 722 more words

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John Ivison: Joe Biden's Ottawa visit a Seinfeldian trip about nothing

OTTAWA — It’s not clear who might want to harm a lame-duck U.S. vice-president, but Canadian security forces were taking no chances.

The Christmas tree in Centre Block’s rotunda on Parliament Hill was removed, lest an assailant hide amidst the fairy lights and leap out to attack Joe Biden during his visit to the capital. 750 more words

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Michael Den Tandt: Trudeau faces a crippling erosion of his brand with pay-for-play fundraising

The federal Liberals can’t possibly win the cash-for-access war of attrition in which they’ve been engaged for weeks and to which they seem grimly committed. The only question is how soon they’ll concede – and how severe a drubbing they’ll sustain in the interim. 825 more words


Kelly McParland: Lobbyists may love Liberal cash-for-access, but it doesn't pass the smell test

Justin Trudeau’s government finds itself caught in a bind of its own making as it struggles to justify its practice of providing preferred access to the Prime Minister and his top cabinet officials to those who can afford it. 909 more words

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Barbara Kay: Curb the chivalric impulse, women don't need it

In a recent column, my colleague Colby Cosh took Conservative Party leadership candidate Kellie Leitch’s proposal that Canadians be allowed to carry chemical mace and pepper spray for self-defence a step further (or backward depending on your perspective): He would offer the privilege only to women, writing: “Perhaps I’m a little more feminist than she is: I would be comfortable making the carrying of mace and pepper spray a sex-linked legal privilege. 724 more words

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Andrew Coyne: A party of big ideas, or small fears? Choice of direction open for Conservatives

Not since the Battle of Agincourt has there been such a setback to the French cause.

Tuesday’s fixture in Moncton was billed as the first “bilingual” debate in the Conservative leadership race. 915 more words

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Christie Blatchford: B.C. teacher fired for having the wrong opinion

A teacher at a posh private school in British Columbia was fired last month after making an innocuous comment about abortion to his Grade 12 law class. 985 more words

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