The Myth of Benign Neglect

Back in the summer of 2016, in a more innocent age, I got an idea to write a post similar to this one. With the defeat of Donald Trump all but assured (Hillary was 10 points up at the time), it was easy to begin to look ahead to what would happen to the Republican party following its wild effort to destroy itself...

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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...

The End of American Leadership

I'm usually skeptical of claims about American decline. For the most part, I think these arguments are overblown or overhyped, and the underlying facts of American dominance remain. The American era, which is arguably approaching its centenary and reshaped the world like none before it, continues relatively unabated...

A New Old Hope

On Saturday, federal Conservatives elected a new leader: Andrew Scheer, the MP representing Regina-Qu'Apelle. The victory was a stunning turn in a race that had been dominated from the beginning by Maxime Bernier, who after the withdrawal of Kevin O'Leary was considered the heavy favourite going into this weekend's convention...

Big Sky Spat

If you were following the Twitter feeds of even a handful of journalists Wednesday evening, you might be forgiven for thinking the world was coming to an end. It was an amazing thing to behold, as a story that started with a single tweet blossomed into a multi-hour, multi-character drama that soon caught the attention of the entire news media...

Impeachment of a Different Kind?

Let's just jump right into it, shall we? There will be plenty of time to go through my various anxieties about starting this blog, but there is a genuine crisis happening south of the border, so let's get to that first. Why not start off with the most pressing issue of the week: the coming impeachment of President Donald Trump...