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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Rethinking Canada – The Alienation of The West

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Dec 172019
 

In the first of a 3-part series Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus at Western University, speaks with Robert Vaughan of Just Right Media, and Salim’s Campaign Manager in the 2019 election, about the failings of Canada’s system of government.

The Western provinces and rural Canadians are once again ignored in Parliament as the Liberals under Justin Trudeau have been reelected primarily with the support of the urban voters of Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa.

Regardless of the part in power the dominance of the Laurentian elite in Canadian politics is something which dates back to the founding of our nation and has been a constant irritant to many Canadians outside of Ontario and Quebec who wish to be treated as equal partners in what is supposed to be a Federation of equal provinces.

In Part 1 Salim suggests that the debate on a triple-E Senate needs to be revisited to once and for all address the inequities built into our Westminster-style system of government.

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


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The UK 2019 Election and What it Means for Canada – Salim Mansur

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Dec 142019
 

While Boris Johnson may not be properly grouped into that class of populist leaders like a Trump, Orbán, or Farage his recent reelection and resultant resounding majority in Parliament has captured the resentment most voters in that nation have towards the elites who have denied them the break from the EU they demanded in 2016.

Salim Mansur, Professor Emeritus at Western University, joins Robert Vaughan to discuss the election and how it might portend a bright future for Canada’s own populist People’s Party.


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Dec 122019
 


It was an epistemological train wreck. To understand today’s appeal of socialism and why capitalism remains an “unknown ideal,” one need look no further than to the December 4 Munk Debate on capitalism held in Toronto. The motion: “The capitalist system is broken. It’s time to try something different.”

Speaking in favor of the motion were Yanis Varoufakis (economist, author, Greece’s former finance minister) and Katrina vanden Heuvel (editorial director and publisher of the Nation, Washington Post columnist). Speaking against the motion were Arthur Brooks(Harvard professor and author) and David Brooks (political commentator, New York Times columnist and author).

Despite their credentials, none offered even a subjective definition of capitalism, and despite being presented as debate opponents, all effectively spoke in favor of the motion. In fact, as noted in the National Post coverage of Dec 6, “Munk Debate opponents find common ground.”

That common ground was their mutual hatred of capitalism and what Ayn Rand described as “a hatred of the good for being the good.” All of the debaters praised capitalism’s role in lifting billions from poverty, yet all condemned capitalism with their next breath. Continue reading »

Maxime Bernier acclaimed as Leader of the People’s Party of Canada

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Nov 292019
 

During the first People’s Party of Canada’s National Conference held in Gatineau, PQ from Sept. 20-22, 2019 Maxime Bernier was acclaimed as Leader of the Party by the unanimous applause of those in attendance.

Attendees, numbering approximately 500, included PPC candidates, riding executives, and members of the national executive.

The motion was read by the Party’s Executive Director Johanne Mennie.

Just Right Media was there and captured this rare video of the event.

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Nov 142019
 

Atlas

Government control in the field of economics is nothing new to humanity. Central planning, wage and price controls, taxes, stimulus spending, social safety nets, trade restrictions, regulations, crony favoritism – these have all long been assumed to be among the normal and accepted functions of government.

In 17th century France, recognizing that wealth had to be produced before it could be taxed, the king’s (Louis XIV) chief adviser Colbert was told “Laissez-nous faire” (let us alone) after asking the business community what the king could do to stimulate ‘economic growth’ in the nation. That phrase has come to symbolize and describe the nature of a free market.

Indeed, no matter what the form of government – whether an absolute monarchy or a free society based on individual rights – the creation of wealth is fundamental for any society to survive. In the attempt to create such wealth, various forms of forced labor and production have throughout history been the primary means by which the state-controlled economies approached that challenge.

For Western societies, all that changed with the discovery and emergence of capitalism over the past two centuries or so. Under the condition of ‘laissez faire,’ (capitalism), more people than ever before were able to lift themselves out of poverty, thanks to the unprecedented wealth that could be created in a market relatively free from government coercion and control. Continue reading »