643 – Canada’s crisis: from alienation to alien nations?

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Feb 272020
 


Canada is in crisis. In many ways, that crisis is similar to that faced by the European Union and its recent loss of Britain as a constituent member of that union.

In this, the second part of our conversation with Dr Salim Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at Western University, we discover that the fluid dynamics of the nation-state can easily lead to alienation ‘within’ nations. When interests and common values once shared instead become a source of conflict and cause for national divisions, the resulting alienation may lead to the literal formation of alien nations.

Given the rise and fall of the nation-state throughout history, it is clear that nations are far more fragile than most people generally perceive. The temporary duration of the various political structures under which humankind has been governed or ruled throughout history merits due consideration.

After having considered the state of the unions known as Britain, Europe, and America, our attention now turns to Canada, the country that many consider to be the ‘odd man out’ with regard to the most recent political shifts in the Anglosphere. Continue reading »

641 – Freedom Forward – Philosophy’s indispensable role in determining the Right Direction

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Feb 132020
 


There is a widespread belief – particularly among advocates of freedom and capitalism – that individual freedom and individual rights will spontaneously emerge if nations gradually adopt various forms of capitalism, freer markets, and/or more private economic initiatives. Yet, many socialist, fascist and communist jurisdictions have done exactly this, but nevertheless remained socialist, fascist or communist. While their economies may have become more ‘efficient,’ their people still do not enjoy individual rights, having ironically been turned into ‘slaves’ of a state-directed economic ‘efficiency.’

Additionally, there is a certain ‘literalism’ on the philosophic front, with many freedom advocates rejecting the best political alternative on the basis of some kind of philosophical impurity or inconsistency on the part of a given politician or party.

This is dangerous thinking, and can lead to unwarranted feelings of futility, frustration, and cynicism regarding political action in general. It is an affliction that most affects those on the Right, and is in part responsible for the continuing ascendancy of the Left and the erosion of our freedoms. Continue reading »

The Sweet Spot of Liberty – Bruce Pardy and Salim Mansur

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Jan 062020
 

Politics has become a war of shifting definitions with both the Conservatives and the Liberals becoming ‘progressives’ and ‘collectivists’ yet continuing to call themselves something they clearly are not.

Professor Bruce Pardy of Queen’s University, Professor Emeritus Salim Mansur of Western University and Robert Vaughan of Just Right Media try to make some sense of the confusing labels.

Rounding out the discussion is why the People’s Party of Canada failed to capture the support of Canadians in the last federal election even though they lie squarely in that “sweet spot of liberty” reserved for the individualistic, classical liberals.


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Dec 312019
 

In Part 3 of our “Rethinking Canada” series Professor Salim Mansur and Robert Vaughan discuss the People’s Party of Canada option for voters looking to unite the country.

Part 1 – The Alienation of The West
Part 2 – Conservative Party Mediocrity
Part 3 – The People’s Party Option


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Rethinking Canada – Conservative Party Mediocrity

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Dec 222019
 

In Part 2 of our “Rethinking Canada” series Professor Salim Mansur and Robert Vaughan discuss the history of the Conservative Party in Canada in all its reincarnations from Confederation to today and how it continually failed to implement a supposed conservative agenda and address the alienation of the Western provinces.

Part 1 – The Alienation of The West
Part 2 – Conservative Party Mediocrity
Part 3 – The People’s Party Option


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Salim Mansur – The Conservative Party is Canada’s Political ‘Spare Wheel’

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Dec 182019
 

While Andrew Scheer’s announcement that he will step down as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada may give his Party an opportunity to install a leader who might have a greater chance to unseat Justin Trudeau’s Liberals Salim Mansur is of the view that no matter who the Conservative’s choose as their new leader the chances of the Conservatives ever getting another majority in Parliament is slim at best.

Calling the CPC a “spare wheel” in the trunk of the car of Canada’s Laurentian Elite Salim describes the Conservatives as being historically an ineffective political party suited to doing nothing more than keeping the seat warm for the next Liberal government.


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Laura Lynn Thompson – People’s Party Candidate for Red Deer-Lacombe

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Aug 242019
 

Laura Lynn Tyler Thompson is the People’s Party of Canada candidate for the Alberta riding of Red Deer-Lacombe. She is a Christian blogger, author, and former cohost of the TV show The 700 Club Canada.

She has been an opponent of the sexual orientation and gender identity resources for British Columbia schools, and has attracted attention recently for a proposed Bill, should she be elected, which would restrict late-term abortions.

We spoke with Laura Lynn in Gatineau, Quebec at the PPC national convention.


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