Creeping independence is making our partisan politics weaker and our politicians dumber.
The pandemic offered Conservatives a chance to robustly defend the use of the institution of government to support families and communities. Instead, they fell back economic conservatism and populist tendencies — and found themselves well outside the mainstream.
In the coming decades, Conservatives must apply the tried-and-true agenda of free markets, subsidiarity and comparative advantage to a new priority: strengthening Canadian families.
By injecting dollars into provincial programs prior to reaching agreements with the provinces, Ottawa has gotten things a little backwards. Still, there are good reasons to think we can muddle towards a better outcome if they really want to do so.