In choosing our representatives for public office, are the winning candidates in any given election really ‘the people’s choice’? Or do they win for completely different reasons?
The answer to these questions may surprise you.
Many believe that ‘strategic voting‘ is what ultimately decides the winner – where voters are not voting for a particular candidate, but against another. And while it turns out that this is true for a significant number of voters (35%), statistics reveal that there are many other significant voting patterns contributing to a final electoral outcome.
Perhaps most surprising is that 57% of voters (according to a Leger poll conducted after the last Canadian election) say that they voted “based on their political convictions, without any thought to their candidates’ chances of winning.” Continue reading »
It should come as no surprise to our regular listeners that with Canada’s federal election only days away, Just Right Media would fully endorse Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada (PPC).
“Fighting for freedom is the most important fight that we must do and we are doing that together,” said Bernier at the PPC event held in Hamilton on September 29. “When I (created the PPC), I thought that I would be alone – but I’ll fight for what I believe. And after a month, we had more than 28 thousand founding members and now it’s a growing movement, more than a political party.”
As long as that remains the mission of the PPC, it will continue to have our support and endorsement – even after the election. It’s hard to do otherwise, given that the party’s first platform completely conforms to the principles and ideas expressed on Just Right.
Not only that, but regular Just Right contributor Salim Mansur has become a leading voice within the PPC movement, and its leader, Maxime Bernier, is the only political party leader in Canada who opposes all censorship and supports the right of Canadians to discuss any issues of concern.Continue reading »
Comments Off on 618 – The Anglosphere and Western Culture with Guest Salim Mansur
National Post columnist Conrad Black has suggested that U.S. president Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will work together to “strengthen the Anglosphere, the most positive force in world affairs for 200 years.” It’s an effort supported by our guest Salim Mansur (professor emeritus of political science at Western University) who joins us to offer his insights to the multi-dimensional aspects of this ‘positive force’ in a way rarely understood or appreciated.
Are the values of the Anglosphere the same as Western values? Many might answer this question in the affirmative, but the comparison is not as straightforward as one might expect.
While many nations not part of the Anglosphere have indeed become westernized, it would be a mistake to conclude that these nations now share similar cultures or values. Understanding how these differences impact on the controversial issues of culture and multiculturalism goes a long way towards discovering a solution to many problems facing a so-called ‘multi-cultural’ West.
From the origins of a unique British-American relationship, to the impacting events of recent Western history, Salim guides us on a historical path rarely traveled. He paints the picture that identifies multiculturalism as a central force driving a myriad of contemporary political issues including: immigration and migration, climate change, media censorship, sexuality and gender, and of course, the threat of socialism and communism.
With the continued ascendancy of the Left in the West, any efforts to strengthen the Anglosphere have a long way to go before things turn in the direction that is Just Right; they will demand an eternal vigilance throughout the rest of a history yet to be written.
It is fitting that during a week in which both Canada and the United States have celebrated their nationhood, that the very nature of what it means to ‘be’ a nation is our topic of discussion. Can a nation with ‘open borders’ still be considered a nation? Can a nation that has incompatible cultures within its borders still be considered a nation?
Dr. Salim Mansur, professor emeritus of political science at Western University, whose outspoken opinions on this issue are considered ‘politically incorrect,’ nevertheless offers a politically incorrect prescription that he believes would reverse the growing cultural divide created by ‘multi-culturalism’: Assimilate!
Given North America’s successful history of cultural integration and assimilation into what has been called the ‘melting pot’, Canada’s about-turn in 1967 represented a cultural regression that would undo the hard won positive results that defined its first hundred years as a true nation.Continue reading »
Comments Off on 608 – Rule by regulation – A road to tyranny
Early in his administration, U.S. president Donald Trump proposed that each new regulation created by law should be matched by the elimination of two previously existing regulations. While this represents a positive move in the right direction, it barely addresses the tip of the iceberg with regard to all the unnecessary and counterproductive regulations that need to be eliminated.
No matter how well intentioned a given law may be, the regulations created to administer that law more frequently than not turn into the proverbial ‘devil in the details,’ reaching a point where the consequences of the regulation are often worse than the problem originally thought solved.
Even when regulations reach a point where their consequences are contrary to the intended purpose of the original law on which they were based, there is little recourse available to those harmed by the regulation, since no one can be held effectively accountable. One cannot reason or argue with administrators or bureaucrats when, ironically, they merely cite legislation as their justification for doing almost anything that they interpret as falling within the purview of their authority.
Under the principle of the ‘Rule of Law,’ politicians and citizen representatives can be held accountable for the consequences. Under ‘Rule by Regulation,’ there is little such accountability.Continue reading »
On Tuesday, April 2th, 2019 former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and former President of the Treasury Board Jane Philpott were kicked out of the Liberal Party Caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in what Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus of Western University is calling Canada’s “Tuesday Night Massacre.”
Here Salim delves deeper into the backstory of the SNC-Lavalin scandal suggesting that Wilson-Raybould was right in refusing to grant a Deferred Prosecution Agreement to the Quebec engineering giant for alleged bribes to Libyan officials speculating on possible ‘grim’ consequences from said bribes.
Prof. Mansur explains that Justin Trudeau and his coterie were breaking hundreds of years old traditions by allegedly attempting to interfere in the administration of justice.
Comments Off on 602 – SNC-Lavalin and the rule of law – With Salim Mansur
Does Canada operate under the ‘rule of law’ or under the ‘rule of Trudeau’ and political expediency? As Canadians find themselves drowning in details about the scandal involving Quebec construction giant SNC-Lavalin, the correct answer to that question may depend on the greater story that has yet to be seen in its full context.
Most people quite correctly understand that the controversy involves alleged political interference and obstruction of justice by the Prime Minister’s office concerning a criminal prosecution case against SNC-Lavalin. But few seem aware of the original circumstances that led to the decision to prosecute the company against the wishes of Prime Minister Trudeau in the first place.
It appears that many have come to cynically conclude it’s just another ‘business-as-usual’ case of bribery and corruption so often encountered when dealing with totalitarian regimes. (In this case, the totalitarian regime in question was the country of Libya during the final days of the period when Muammar Gaddafi was its president.) Not so, says Dr Salim Mansur, professor emeritus, faculty of social science at Western University.Continue reading »