Canada Chat podcast

So after a fairly inconspicuous “soft launch” in which I released, but didn’t really promote my new podcast (it took time to sort out the kinks), take this as the formal announcement. I’ve made a podcast called Canada Chat, which now has three completed episodes. You can find it on iTunes, or your favorite podcast […]

The Troubling State of Canadian Politics in Late 2017: a dialogue

This is the fifth in a series of dialogues on Canadian politics between me, J.J. McCullough, resident of Coquitlam, B.C., and my friend Doug Musk, resident of Beamsville, Ontario. Check out our previous dialogues on the state of the Canadian left, the state of the Canadian right, the state of the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest, and the election of […]

I love America

Ezra Levant’s renunciation of the alt-right (a popular activity at the moment) has been predictably scorned as disingenuous, but one passage struck me as entirely believable: “When I first heard of the alt-right a year ago, I thought it simply meant the insurgent right, the politically incorrect right, the grassroots right, the nationalistic right, the […]

The State of the Canadian Left: a dialogue

This is the fourth in a series of dialogues on Canadian politics between me, J.J. McCullough, resident of Coquitlam, B.C., and my friend Doug Musk, resident of Beamsville, Ontario. Check out our previous dialogues on the state of the Canadian right, the state of the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest, and the election of Andrew Scheer as […]

Justin Trudeau’s Spotify playlist is not nearly politically correct enough

The CBC informs that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has released his official Prime Minister’s Summer Playlist on Spotify. And I am deeply offended by it. Prime Minister Trudeau’s playlist, while undoubtably well-intentioned, nevertheless fails to live up to his progressive reputation. While much effort has clearly been exerted to ensure the prime minister is seen to […]

The same Ontario professor has been quoted in every single story about the B.C. election

A case study in lazy journalism Philippe Lagassé is an associate professor at Ottawa’s Carleton university. He is also apparently the only human on the entire planet who has ever studied the Canadian political system or British Columbian politics, since he’s routinely been the sole person asked to offer commentary in a vast number of […]

What was Trump’s crime?

The lines separating the legal from the political are increasingly blurred. Policy questions that used to be resolved through political debate are now litigated through the courts, while political debates now consist of endless allegations of illegal acts. The result is a lot of lawyers who fancy themselves politicians and a lot of politicians who […]

Toronto Star writer busted for plagiarizing Vancouver columnist

On Wednesday, May 24 my friend (and former Sun News colleague) Ada Slivinski, a conservative columnist at the Postmedia-owned Vancouver daily 24 Hours, wrote a piece making the case for online voting, using our recent election in British Columbia for context. Four days later, on Sunday, May 28, Jamie Watt wrote an editorial for the Toronto […]

J.J. and Doug on Andrew Scheer and the Conservative leadership race results

JJ: So Doug, the Conservative Party now has a new leader, and despite the rapid solidification of  conventional wisdom over the last couple of weeks, it didn’t wind up being Maxime Bernier. I know you were following the race very closely — what are your immediate reactions? Do you think this counts as a dramatic […]

The State of the Conservative Leadership Race: a Dialogue

JJ: Hey again Doug, Seeing as how the Tory leadership contest is just a couple weeks away from concluding, I thought it might be fun if we could run through our impressions of some of the candidates. To open, which candidates have you found the most interesting — not in terms of personal preference necessarily, […]

What’s wrong with conservatives in Canada: a dialogue

My friend Doug Musk is a Conservative Party member living in a rural part of the Niagara West riding. He and I often have insightful discussions about the future of conservatism in Canada, so I thought it might enjoy reading an extended, week-long email dialogue between us.   JJ: Hey Doug. I wanted to begin with a fairly open-ended question. Without getting […]

How to be controversial in Canada and not lose your job

Prominent pundits across Canada are writing all sorts of stern, thoughtful pieces about Dr. Andrew Potter of the University of McGill at the moment. On March 20, Potter wrote an article for Maclean’s magazine that criticized Quebec society. It generated a backlash from Quebecers, including the premier of the province, and Potter immediately groveled and […]

Fun Quiz! Match the Andrew Coyne Spluttering With the Budget

The following are quotes Andrew Coyne has used to describe the eight federal budgets released between 2010 and 2017. Can you match the splutter with the year? “the budget is bloated, cynical, dirigiste and incoherent” “so innocuous, so inoffensive, so utterly inconsequential” “almost universally bad ideas.” “a budget that commits the government to do everything it had […]

How to Write About Populism in Canada

Greetings Canadian journalists! As you know, there’s currently a thing called “populism” happening all around the world. This is a fad in which poor people elect little Hitlers to power. I mean, it’s so far only actually happened in the context of Donald Trump (boo!) getting elected in the U.S., but there’s also that Brexit […]

You heard them here first! Conservative leader narratives

These days, being a good reporter/columnist/pundit is all about creating a narrative first, with facts and reality yadda yadda a distant second. With that in mind, I’m excited to announce that I’ve discovered the narratives the press will soon be using to frame the next leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, whoever it may be. […]

Recent Works

Here’s a piece of writing I have been working on for a while: Why did the Conservatives lose the 2015 election? (Or: is the “Racist Tory Thesis” correct?). I’ve also written several pieces for the Washington Post recently you may find interesting: U.S. media saw the Trump-Trudeau summit as a bust. The Canadian press loved […]

On the Trump Inaugural

I have drawn a cartoon about the Trump inauguration as well. Check it out on CNN. *** It was, first and foremost, a very ideological speech. The ideology was not one that’s been heard in Washington in some time, which makes it easy to dismiss as vacuous or irrelevant. Yet his will remain an inaugural of […]

My favorite articles from 2016

In case you missed them the first time around, here are five things I wrote in 2016 that I am particularly proud of: Why the global populist wave hasn’t hit Canada, Dec. 11, Washington Post Our new homophobia, Jun. 13, It will take more than money and politics to heal aboriginal communities, Apr. 22, […]

No one is getting electoral reform because no one really wants it

You are going to read very little accurate commentary on the final report from the House Special Committee on Electoral Reform simply because so many powerful and influential people are deeply vested in denial. We saw a preview of this in the House of Commons the other day with Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef getting […]

Trump wins cartoon

The CNN people kindly asked me to draw something for their “cartoonists of the world react to Trump winning” special feature. You can check out what I drew here. I actually drew that cartoon the day before the election. Like everyone in the world, I suspected Hillary would win, but I was not very confident. […]