As the government has grown, its failures have perhaps counterintuitively become more ubiquitous, and the public’s hope and trust have suffered as a result. The net result is the malaise in which we now find ourselves.
When Pierre Poilievre became Conservative Party leader almost precisely twelve months ago, many commentators assumed that a considerable share of the country already had well-developed views about him and his politics.
Institutionalizing the Harper government’s Strategic Review model can help the Trudeau govenment to rebuild an internal culture in favour of fiscal prioritization and overall budget discipline.
Barstool Sports is one of the most successful entertainment platforms in the internet age. It’s popularity, particularly among young men, signals a growing shift in how many are engaging with politics and culture.
Mathieu Bock-Côté may be the most important Canadian intellectual that you don’t know. Even if one disagrees with his ideas, you cannot afford to ignore them and what they mean for Quebec and conservatism there.
The gap between the promise of credentialism and its disappointing realities for rising numbers is something that we must confront before it engulfs our politics. For all of the attention paid to the threat posed by working-class populists, the real risk of political disruption may actually come from the rise of white-collar populists.
The Trudeau government’s spendthrift assumptions were evident at its beginning and they remain evident today. At this point, the only ones unable to see it are those blinded by some combination of ideology or partisanship.
The seemingly abstract and philosophical debate between the FreeCons and NatCons about the purpose and priorities of modern conservatism is bound to eventually permeate the forty-ninth parallel and come to influence and shape Canadian conservatism.
Canadian intellectuals shouldn’t segregate themselves too far from the people and society that they critique. A mix of sentimentality and sincerity is still the most powerful expression of politics.
The recent trend of politics manifesting itself in business and sports is unhealthy. We should recommit to a more circumscribed vision of politics such that buying clothes or drinking beer isn’t an expression of one’s deepest political values.