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Milking Trump for our own benefit

Apr 19 2017 — Andrew Coyne — It would be odd if ultra-filtered milk should one day prove to have been supply management’s undoing. The “non-fat milk solid” isn’t even considered milk for purposes of trade law, but an “ingredient” for use in processed foods like pizza cheese. And whereas the point of supply management is to keep prices higher than would […]

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All in all, the Liberals got it right on pot legalization

Apr 18 2017 — Andrew Coyne — Perhaps the federal Liberals were hoping to be congratulated for moving forward with legislation to permit the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. It was, after all, the fulfillment of a signature election promise, and these days that’s news. If so, they were destined to be disappointed. Those opposed to legalization before were just as […]

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George Brown, the forgotten man of Canadian history

Apr 13 2017 — Andrew Coyne — “It’s the hundredth anniversary of Con-fed-er-ation, everybody sing!” So Bobby Gimby instructed us in 1967. On this 150th anniversary, there would seem little to sing about. Aboriginal activists want nothing to do with it, denouncing the whole thing as a celebration of colonialism. The Parti Québécois is marking the occasion with a campaign promoting an […]

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No evidence that ‘Canada works’ in new internal free trade deal

Apr 8 2017 — Andrew Coyne — They all spoke, of course, every last one of them, some representing jurisdictions with fewer people than your average federal riding, the Minister of Economic Development and Lottery Tickets from this province and the Minister of Small Business and Tapwater from that territory, making doe eyes at each other and praising each other’s “leadership” through […]

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It’s time to rethink how we choose party leaders

Mar 31 2017 — Andrew Coyne — It has been an eventful time in the Conservative leadership race. One prominent contender, Kellie Leitch, after months of scarcely encoded appeals to voters with a fear of immigrants in general and Muslims in particular, found herself — to her astonishment — at an event put on by an anti-Muslim group. A rival, Kevin O’Leary, […]

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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 […]