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This is not how a liberal society responds to criticism

Mar 25 2017 — Andrew Coyne — It will be revealed before long who forced out Andrew Potter at McGill and why, but the affair is already a calamity for the university, and for the principles of academic freedom and intellectual inquiry for which it supposedly stands. Whether or not overt political interference proves to have been involved, it is simply incomprehensible […]

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Revenue-neutral carbon tax is not a fairy tale

Mar 15 2017 — Andrew Coyne — There is a conservative position on climate change whose chief opponents are other conservatives. It is to tax carbon, not on top of existing programs for reducing emissions, as those on the left would do, but as a replacement for them — and not on top of existing taxes but as a replacement for them. […]

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Politicians need to forget about polls and do the right thing

Mar 13 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Jean-Yves Duclos was a well-regarded economist before he went into politics. As Minister of Families, Children and Social Development he has generally lived up to the advance billing: the government’s landmark reform of child benefits, for example, was his file. And yet that reputation took a bit of a hit the other day. The minister […]

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Assumptions behind immigration rage don’t stand up to scrutiny

Mar 8 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Suddenly immigration is all the rage. And I do mean rage: sensing a boiling undercurrent among certain sections of the Tory base, Conservative leadership candidates have been rushing to tap it, from opposing an anodyne parliamentary motion denouncing hatred to demanding the RCMP physically block the U.S.-Canada border (“Company: link … arms!”).

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Don’t confuse the ‘Us versus Them’ of populism with conservatism

Feb 28 2017 — Andrew Coyne — To perceive is to distinguish between things. The disciplined mind can see the difference between a motion and a bill, or between denouncing speech and censoring it; between Islam and Islamism, between ordinary Muslims and extremists; and so on. To the undisciplined or fanatical mind, however, all these distinctions are elided. Motions blend with laws […]