Wilfred Laurier

Red paint is still visible on the sculpture of Macdonald at the entrance of The Prime Ministers Path in Wilmot, Ont. (Photograph by Yader Guzman)

A statue of John A. Macdonald rests in purgatory

A project featuring a statue of every Canadian PM has become a politically charged minefield as the legacies of the nation’s early leaders are reappraised according to contemporary standards


How Laurier’s stirring speech defending Riel forged his reputation

An exclusive excerpt from André Pratte’s biography of Wilfrid Laurier


Monster hospital

Some thoughts now on Mark Kingwell’s recent essay, not necessarily in response, but at least inspired by. Andrew Potter has posted some of his thoughts here. Both Andrew and Mark are exceptionally smart and have offered valuable perspective and insight. I apologize for the complete lack of references to Aristotle in what follows.

Who we are (II)

So, how often does the word ‘mulitcultural’ show up in the new Guide to Citizenship—less than the word ‘Blackberry’?


Governing with consent

Last week, Mark Donald heralded a “tide of ennui.” This week, Andrew Coyne writes, somewhat less satirically, of our “deeply, deeply cynical political culture.”


Our very own Optimus Prime

On the 142nd anniversary of our country’s birth, the Toronto Star asks an important question: why don’t the kids want to play with John A. Macdonald?


Michael Ignatieff & People Like You

The last year and a half has included numerous opportunities to watch Michael Ignatieff in public. The most interesting moment remains a scene last fall outside a strip mall in Etobicoke, Ignatieff, then deputy leader of the Liberals, standing at the entrance of a Shopper’s Drug Mart, trying to engage voters as they attempted to go about the business of buying toilet paper, shampoo and such.


The Commons: ‘Unbelievable’

Prime Minister Dion had a question. “Does the Prime Minister,” he asked, “still believe that he enjoys the confidence of this House?”


The Final Day: Context

Liberal leaders to lose their first national campaign.


BTC: The Leader v. The Salesman

Back, for a moment, to David Foster Wallace’s take on John McCain.