Opinion Column

Seize chance to attract foreign researchers

The federal government has earmarked funding for the creation of 25 new Canada 150 Research Chairs, positions targeting top international scholars and researchers. It's a signal that Canada is serious about recruiting top scholars from all corners of the globe at a time when many nations are turning inwards.

Parliament Hill (QMI file photo)

Should we aspire to have democracy on Fridays?

This is what the federal Liberals' once vaunted democratic reform file has come to: MPs squabbling and swearing over whether the House of Commons should start work at 9 a.m. or 10. Whether the prime minister should answer questions in the House just once a week for a longer period, or more often but in shorter bursts. Whether the House should sit a

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Public deserves more than police technicalities

When a police officer is accused of killing a guy in the course of arresting him, seeing authority figures plead for understanding over their self-interested application of technicalities does not inspire faith.

Northern Irish politician Martin McGuinness stands outside the Republican Information Centre in Londonderry, 23th September 1985. An alleged IRA leader, he became deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland in 2007. (Photo by Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images)

IRA violence may not die with McGuinness

Martin McGuinness, who began as a terrorist and ended up as deputy first minister in Northern Ireland's power-sharing government, died peacefully in hospital on Monday aged 66. His career spanned almost five decades in that troubled place -- and by resigning from the power-sharing government in January, he began a new and possibly final act in that

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West is losing ideas war

Canadians -- to whom all this talk in America and Europe about Russian-inspired fake news seems a rather paranoid fantasy that has nothing to do with us -- are about to get a rude awakening.

A love-hate relationship with snow

We were sitting around a pool in St. Petersburg, Fla. yesterday afternoon talking to a bunch of Canadians and an American walked by. How he knew we were Canadians, I'm not sure, unless it was because we were all old geezers wearing Blue Jay hats and complaining about their watery beer, which hasn't been watery for 40 years, but we refuse to acknowl

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sits alongside Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of US President Donald Trump, during a roundtable discussion on women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, February 13, 2017. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Trudeau, Ivanka enable madness of populism

You, a rational person, have no affection for the Aryan-race obsessives, the paranoiacs and the enmity addicts making the entire tradition of Western democracy seem an excellent candidate for confinement in those institutions originating in the bucolic regions of early 19th- century England. But your censure is wasted on madmen.

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