This column is about wilful ignorance, defined as the journalistic sin of putting out of sight and mind facts known or readily knowable because keeping them in sight and in mind would diminish the story. Of all the institutions of government that attract wilfully ignorant reporting, the Senate of Canada comes high on the list.By GEORGE BAIN5 min
Worse, so far, than the spectacle of nakedly ambitious Tories elbowing each other out of the way, was the spectacle of mindless media hordes crowding around everything that looks like a candidate, crying out something that sounds like “Willya? Willya? Willya?”By CHARLES GORDON5 min
Patrick Boyer, the MP for Toronto’s Etobicoke/Lakeshore riding, who announced last week that he would formally declare his candidacy for the Tory leadership on March 18, has about as much chance of winning the race as Ben Johnson. Yet, his candidacy provides the ideal opportunity to ask what conservatism in Canada is really all about, and in which direction it should evolve.By Peter C. Newman4 min
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