On Robbie Burns Nicht last January we celebrated the Scottish Bard’s birth with readings of his poetry by fellow Scot John Ivison and some musical interludes featuring music Burns would have known or else written by composers inspired by Burns’ poetry. Here are two videos of a couple of those musical interludes featuring me on the smallpipes and Ralitsa Tcholakova on the violin.
Forget diversity, multiculturalism or social programmes. Despite what you may have heard, these are not the things that make Canada great, however desirable they may be in their own right. The things that have brought untold millions to settle in Canada were here long before these ideas ever saw the light of day.
Instead we have to look for the explanation of Canadaâ€™s greatness in things like our grounding in the New World, our tradition of freedom and our willingness to sacrifice to protect what really matters. At least thatâ€™s the argument I made in my talk at the MLI Canada 150 Dinner on 16th February 2017.
Multiculturalism, public health care and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are all well and good. But they donâ€™t get at the essence of why true patriots love Canada, says Crowley.
The willingness to sacrifice in order to protect the freedoms uniquely available to us in the New World: now that, ladies and gentlemen, is a country worth celebrating.
After the Cold War, the West dismantled much of its capacity to oppose Russian propaganda and disinformation. Now our own complacency and an emboldened Vladimir Putin is leaving us prey to bad, damaging, mistaken, misleading and dangerous ideas as I write in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen that appeared on 21st March 2017. Time for the West to rise to Russiaâ€™s challenge once again. The alternative doesnâ€™t bear thinking about, as Putin seeks to undermine the trust on which so much of the Westâ€™s institutions and prosperity rely.
Think what you like of Kevin Oâ€™Learyâ€”He is right to call for the restoration of Ottawaâ€™s economic power
Writing in my fortnightly Globe column I make the case that commentators can harrumph all they want at Kevin Oâ€™Learyâ€™s plan to discipline the provinces for damaging Canadaâ€™s national economic prospects. He is doing nothing the founders of Canada didnâ€™t plan and allow for. Â His rhetoric may be a little over the top, but he is not wrong to say that Ottawa has the tools to discipline provinces who act contrary to the national interest (including via withholding some transfers) and that they should be used when circumstances warrant.
As I wrote in my Globe column for the ROB, carbon taxes are all the rage, but they are not going to be the tax reform that will bring national tax systems into the 21st century. Governments and their traditional tax systems have become the latest bystanders sideswiped by the globalisation juggernaut, and the shift from corporate taxes to more objective tax bases like sales and consumption are going to be the response. In this context, people should stop ventilating and look more closely at the Republicansâ€™ border adjustment tax. In my estimation it is a back-door way of introducing something like Â a much needed national sales tax in the US.