Having Second Thoughts

What do you do when you're in trouble, and you want to divert attention from your failings? Change the channel, of course! Changing the channel is a time-honoured and well-tested political manoeuvre. We need only to look south of the border for a beautiful example. While Trump has pioneered a twist on the traditional "change the channel" mechanism by leaping from one scandal to a second, different scandal, it has proved remarkably effective in limiting the time and energy spent on any number of events that would have doomed other figures...

Master of None

Last week, Canada articulated its new foreign policy framework. On Tuesday, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland discussed Canada's role in a world where the United States is no longer reliable as a global leader. First, she emphasized that Canada had a role to play, something that is only necessary in as self-conscious a state as Canada...

An Ode to David Frum or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Right

One of the common laments around the Paas-Lang household since 2016 is that Donald Trump has forced us to agree with people like David Frum. A Canadian transplant to the land of the free, Frum is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush and is currently a senior editor at The Atlantic...