Supporters of Poland's main opposition party,  Law and Justice, march through the downtown in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012,  to commemorate the 31st anniversary of a communist crackdown and to express grievances with the current democratic system. Alik Keplicz/AP Photo.

Young Canadians should learn about the Polish experiment with socialism

For more than two centuries, socialism has captured the hearts and minds of youth everywhere. It’s obvious why; socialism’s promise of equality and unparalleled prosperity is alluring. But for more than four decades in the 20th century, actual socialism captured more than hearts and minds. The results of this experiment in Poland were particularly devastating.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, speaks with Governor General David Johnston following the speech from the throne in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Friday December 4, 2015. Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press.

Canada's top men

Between superannuated supremes and eminent Canadians, our federal politics can sometimes feel like a collegial class of old friends swapping favours and extending to each other a presumption of trust and goodwill that very few ordinary Canadians think they deserve.