Steyn on the Commonwealth
Steyn on one of the most bizarre weeks in modern British history
On the eve of Canada's 150th birthday, a breakthrough for multicultural diversity!
It's not about terrorism, but the ideas that animate it
"Never complain, never explain" was Disraeli's advice, and that holds as good in our touchy age of instant Twitterstorms and politically correct eggshells as it did when he first commended it to Queen Victoria. It's good advice for the Queen's viceroys, too. Consider by way of a cautionary tale the Rt Hon David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Full disclosure: I am not a great fan of His Excellency, as I thought he behaved disgracefully in evicting my old boss Conrad Black from the Privy Council and the Order of Canada. Nevertheless, he occupies the second highest office in the land, and that is not a small thing. Especially with the Dominion of Canada's 150th birthday coming up in a couple of weeks. So Mr Johnston has been out and ...
What the well-dressed Islamophile wears to march in the gay parade
In Canada, the world's most interminable party leadership campaign has a twist in the tail
After seventy years as a Royal consort, the Duke of Edinburgh moves toward semi-"retirement"
One of the most malign trends of our time is the ever more open refusal by one side to permit those on the other side to speak. As I always say, I don't care what side you pick on the great questions of the age - climate change, gay marriage, Islam, transgendered bathrooms, whatever - but, if you're on the side that says the other guy isn't entitled to a side, you're on the wrong side...
On Saturday February 25th Mark returns to Canada's biggest political beano, the annual Manning Conference in Ottawa. Much has changed since he last spoke there three years ago: Back then the Conservatives were in government; now they're leaderless and on the outside looking in, as the boy-king Justin builds the new Trudeaupia. Mark will be surveying the changed political scene in North America and round the world, and concluding the conference with a live performance from the stage of the National Arts Centre of The Mark Steyn Show. There'll be politics and passion, your questions from the audience, and a special appearance by one of Mark's favourite popsters Tal Bachman. Tal and Mark last appeared together at a fundraiser for Ezra Levant, ...
The moment an audience of Toronto liberals confronted reality
As Kate McMillan says, the Canadian Press is in "particularly fine form" this Charlie Hebdo morn. Your uneducated, uncredentialed amateur would probably write something like...
Trudeaupia's brief Tory interregnum comes to an end
The Queen's reign marks an historic milestone - and Mark reflects on minimalist monarchy in a democratic age
A few years back, Ezra Levant and I won a series of victories over various of Canada's totalitarian "human rights" commissions, culminating in the repeal by Parliament of the appalling thought-crime law, Section 13. The beneficiaries of the hate-speech racket have never forgiven us, and have spent the intervening years attempting to re-litigate their defeats in any venue that comes to hand. These days I spend most of my time on my luxury yacht in international waters beyond the jurisdictional reach of any sovereign state, but Ezra is more easily located, and, as a result, he's now being charged with a heinous new crime, deftly summarized by Kathy Shaidle: Ezra Levant being prosecuted again, this time for calling Human Rights Tribunals ...
To all my fellow sons and daughters of the Great White North, a happy and glorious Dominion Day to you. There are many things I love about my native land. It doesn't have Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, so its housing market was not clobbered by subprime mumbo-jumbo. Its foreign policy in recent years has been sober and serious, as Israel and others appreciate. Beyond that, its political class seems less weird, or at any rate less expensive to maintain...
I see The Daily Mail has picked up on the US Government's appalling Tweet of Defeat, in which an official State Department Twitter account approvingly reTweeted an Islamic supremacist picture with a slippery and dishonest caption...
I have always loved the simple dignity of Remembrance Day ceremonies in the Commonwealth, and, if I chance to be in one of Her Majesty's Dominions large or small - Canada or Australia, Grand Turk or Gibraltar - come November 11th, I always wander along to join the local dignitaries and poppy-wearing citizens honoring their veterans at the Cenotaph.
This year it's different...
A soldier was shot dead at the National War Memorial in Ottawa this morning, following the fatal hit-and-run attack on two soldiers in St Jean-sur-Richelieu in Quebec on Monday. That shooter or possibly another shooter then fled the short distance to Parliament, where more shots were fired. Mark spoke about the ongoing attack on the Canadian capital within the hour with Shannon Bream and Jon Scott on Fox News...
The Canadian Mausoleum of Human Rights (as Scaramouche calls it) finally opened this weekend. Canadian officialdom, from the Queen and the Governor General down, is fully on board with the world's first atrocity resort, while everyone else is flouncing around in a big queeny huff. Joseph Brean's report for The National Post provides a useful update on the most recent additions to the ranks of the disaffected, among them: ~Hiba and Safa Choudhury, who feel the Palestinian Naqba has been "minimized" by the mausoleum; ~Dr Lubomyr Luciuk of the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association which feels their own suffering has been minimized as part of an hierarchical "Olympics of genocide"; ~Canadians for Genocide Education, who feel every ...
Being confined for a week to a Canadian courtroom, I have been taking a keen interest in the many laws it's possible to run afoul of up here. For example:
Trudeau, Reagan and taking jokes seriously
Why banning the burqa is boffo biz in Quebec
Mark returns to the pages of The Spectator upon the occasion of Her Majesty's jubilee
A "Canadian" "family" goes on trial in Kingston
Over at Lilley's Pad, the eponymous proprietor draws my attention to a "Canada Day" piece by Tim Naumetz, who writes for The Hill Times in Ottawa. Mr Naumetz makes the argument that Stephen Harper is "changing the face of Canada". I use the word "argument" loosely. By "changing the face of Canada", he meansĀ Harper is changing it from "the face of Canada"Ā PierreĀ Trudeau imposed on the nation 40 years ago. Which was, in effect, M Trudeau's own face. (See my Liberace analogy here.) There was a Canada that existed before Trudeaupia. In fact, it was around quite a long time, as peacefully evolving constitutional polities go. But Mr Naumetz seems barely aware ofĀ it, save for aĀ condescending reference to primitive, old, grainy photos of ...Billy ...
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