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Don’t beat yourself up too much, Justin

My Concise Oxford Dictionary describes the meaning of the word pensive as “plunged in thought” and “melancholy.” I confess I never thought of it having such dark, minor-key overtones – more Samuel Barber than Mozart. Not  that I spent...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 19, 2016

Don’t beat yourself up too much, Justin

My Concise Oxford Dictionary describes the meaning of the word pensive as “plunged in thought” and “melancholy.” I confess I never thought of it having such dark, minor-key overtones – more Samuel Barber than Mozart. Not  that I spent...
by Finding Hope Ness on May 19, 2016

Radical Islam: Pernicious ideologies like noxious weeds must be rooted out—not just cut back or contained

President Barack Obama offered little in the way of new ideas to fight Islamic terrorism when he made his near-historic television address to the American people last night. It was not so much a speech of platitudes—though it was that to some exten...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 7, 2015

Nannygate: An important principle, which is far more important than the cost to taxpayers of two nannies

Many, mainly Liberal party supporters, claim the “nannygate” controversy is a lot of fuss about nothing. But is that a fair assessment? Didn’t this prime minister go on record several times as saying specifically he did not need financial help...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 3, 2015

We natives of “The True North strong and free” should open our hearts and doors to more Syrian refugees

My heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who have been forced to flee their country with little more than their lives and the clothes on their backs, and sometimes not even that. Accordingly, I support our government’s Syrian refug...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Dec 1, 2015

Evidence-based decision-making if necessary, but not necessarily evidence-based decision-making

For some years now, we have heard that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s edition of the Liberal Party of Canada favours evidence-based decision-making. Early evidence, however, warns us he intends to apply this principle selectively, if at all. Take...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Nov 27, 2015

If Freeland cannot carry debate with Maher,how will she do in international trade negotiations?

There is a video doing the rounds on the Internet this week showing the MP for University–Rosedale, Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s new Minister for International Trade, floundering as she tries to match wits with comedian and political satirist Bill...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Nov 26, 2015

Gender discrimination OK with the Grits?

Ifind it curious how selective our new Liberal government in Ottawa is when it comes to discrimination. It is “simply unacceptable to discriminate against refugees who practise certain religions,” said the current federal minister of immigration,...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Nov 25, 2015

Government-funded political ads: Grits want in on the gravy train

Ioften hear people wonder about the kind of prime minister Justin Trudeau would make, and what a Liberal government led by him would look like. And, while I’m not much help on the Trudeau-as-PM part, I think I’m safe in pointing out that Kathleen...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 15, 2015

Too much Gotcha!, too much spin, not enough substance to our political debates

There are times when I wonder if I got the Class Clown instead of Member of Parliament when I voted in the last general election. Seeing some of the antics of the members of the House during Tuesday’s Question Period is one of those times. Yes, the...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 13, 2015

Elizabeth May uses profanity in bizarre press gallery dinner speech and covers up with inane excuses

Speaking at the annual press gallery dinner on Saturday night, the Green Party leader Elizabeth May gave what was described in the Hamilton Spectator as “a rambling, profanity-laced speech.” And after what witnesses described as a “bizarre and...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 11, 2015

At the PMO partisanship trumps security

The two videos produced by the Prime Minister’s Office and published on its 24/Seven Internet website earlier this week, apparently,  had not been reviewed by the Department of National Defence prior to the posting, which is contrary to an ear...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on May 8, 2015

State-entitlement: a little less of the same, please

From listening to remarks by the likes of Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau one could get the impression that the NDP and, to a lesser extent, the Liberals believe all income we earn—one hundred per cent of it—whether from individuals or corporation...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 23, 2015

Canada’s participation in TPP jeopardized by communist-style supply management

Canadian governments of all stripes have traditionally supported the communist-style regime used to regulate prices and production of Canada’s dairy, egg and poultry industries and to protect them from foreign competition. Since mid-2012, however,...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Apr 9, 2015

PM Harper stands alone but is on the right side of the ISIS-Syria debate

This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced his Government plans to table a motion in the House of Commons favouring an extension and expansion of Canada’s contribution to Operation IMPACT, the U.S.-led Coalition against the so-called “Isl...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 26, 2015

Wearing the niqab is the antithesis of openness in a secular democratic society

The issue of whether wearing the niqab during Canadian citizenship ceremonies is appropriate continues to generate controversy and media headlines. The latest flare-up comes from remarks made by the Conservative MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Larry Mi...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 18, 2015

Patrick Brown victory on May 9 means eight more years of political irrelevance for PCs

The deadline has passed for signing up new Ontario Progressive Conservative party members who will be eligible to cast a preferential ballot in the one-member, one-vote election on May 9. Early reports following the cut-off are far from encouraging...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Mar 2, 2015

Justin Trudeau: is his Teflon wearing thin?

Ever since he was elected leader of the Liberal party, there have been questions and doubts regarding Justin Trudeau’s competence to be prime minister. He has been a member of parliament since 2008, and so has had the time to dispel most of the mis...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 20, 2015

The niqab/burqa: culture clash and a test of multiculturalism

It seems inevitable to me that, in our diverse world, there will be practices common to some cultures that will be offensive to some Canadians. And it is entirely expected that some of those practices have reached our shores through our broad-based i...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 19, 2015

It’s never a good day when a conservative voice goes quiet

This morning at 5 a.m., Canada lost an important source of conservative commentary on TV, and 200 folks lost their jobs. I’m referring, of course, to the demise of Sun News Network. The end took me by surprise, though, I did wonder at the time when...
by Russ Campbell's Blog on Feb 13, 2015


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