My article in the Globe and Mail: My one conversation with Margaret Thatcher about the Liberal Party of Canada began with a chill in the air, and ended with our host mopping his brow. We were all polite, but there were daggers behind the smiles and venom coiled around the courtesy…The news of her . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Margaret Thatcher’s Verdict on the Liberal Party of Canada
I am enormously grateful to the Board of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption for their confidence in naming me their Executive Director, and I will work tirelessly to justify their faith. I feel deeply privileged to have a chance to work with GOPAC’s global alliance of democratically elected parliamentarians to fight political corruption . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Advisory: New Leadership for the GOPAC Global Secretariat
There is no worse cancer in a free society than the thuggish impulse to equate dissent as disloyalty… The greatest patriot is the person with the courage to be the lone voice in the crowd crying out that the Emperor has no clothes. The test of our society’s democratic nature is our instinct to . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The New McCarthyism
Our capacity to do violence to one another is the worst tragedy of the human condition, but it makes our still greater capacity to forgive one another all the more powerful.
In any democracy worthy of the name, it is not merely the right, but the responsibility of every citizen to resist unjust laws… but there is a contrast between making a scene, and making a difference. There is a choice between the comfort of self-righteous illusion, and the peril of self-sacrificing commitment. There is . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Resistance is Not Futile – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
We will be able to hold our heads high before the judgement of history if we can reply that in our season, we held on to hope, we put aside our doubts, we came together believing in our better selves, and we remembered that we have always burned brightest as a nation during the . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Hope for the Holidays – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Over the past quarter century, political parties have too often lurched away from being mass movements of individual Canadians sharing a common vision of the public good, and towards being backdrops for individual party leaders who speak the language of democracy while wielding near-absolute power over their elected caucuses.
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The 20th century began as the age of the dictator. It ended with liberalism having come of age as the ascendant political philosophy across the world. Yet liberal parties everywhere are in crisis. Can they grow with the success of liberalism, or have they been outgrown by the success of their own political philosophy?
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Speaking on TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I make the case that separation of church and state is as much in the interests of the church as it is in the interests of the state. However, upholding the ideal of the secular state often demands more courage than we might expect.
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As long as I have been involved in the Liberal Party, it has been my conviction that for all its strengths, its one fundamental weakness has been an unhealthy obsession with the identity of its leader. This impulse has taken us from being a party of th… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: A Party of the Many
In my broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that despite our sometimes chequered history in the region, Western states have an obligation to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone, both to protect civilians and to ensure that the Arab Spring and the hopes for democracy in the region are not . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The Arab Spring – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Videocast of my televised essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on Canada’s role in Afghanistan: Our ability to successfully conclude the mission and effect an honourable departure is being prejudiced by an ignominious political retreat from the truth: the truth about why we went to Afghanistan in the first place and what . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Truth, Casualties, and War – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
In this, my second broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that the efforts by the federal government to place emotion above reason and shut down Insite are unworthy of our country’s better traditions and higher responsibilities. It is little more than an effort to purchase easy political popularity at . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: An Injection of Moralism – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Reflecting on my own experiences representing Canada in international sport, I argue that good sportsmanship and the virtues of sport are inextricably bound-up with the determined pursuit of sporting excellence, despite the scattered carping over the O… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Globe and Mail: Unashamed to Own the Podium
TV Ontario’s The Agenda debates the question of how long Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party can, or should, endure the Conservative government’s electoral brinksmanship. Steve Paikin moderates, as Professor Christine de Clercy, Dion biographer Linda D… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Red Party Blues, The Liberals in Crisis? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
With more than a year of minority government behind us, Steve Paikin and The Agenda assemble a national panel to ask if political power in Canada is still primarily a matter of the proverbial “who do you know in the PMO”. With Jeffrey Simpson, Norman … . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Power, the People, and the PMO – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis,… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
CBC Television’s The Hour canvasses Bob Rae, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and me on why Canada has yet to see a visible minority party leader. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, the programme included calls for “affirmative action” and more Americ… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Are Canadian Political Parties Afraid of the Dark? – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
Sarika Sehgal of CBC Newsworld interviews me on my support for Stephane Dion, and on how the Liberal Party can re-animate Canadians’ passion for politics. With the convention behind us and the election before us, the question of civic engagment in the… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Integrity and the Liberal Leadership – Akaash Maharaj Videocast
In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.
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Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio One’s news and current affairs programme in the national capital, explores the question of why the field of candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada appears to be contracting. Hallie Cotnam hosted in Ottaw… . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Who Wants to be a Party Leader? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
Host Alan Neal of CBC Radio One’s Ontario Today and I take telephone calls from across Ontario on the people’s choice for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: Interviewing Leadership Candidates, Call-In – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
Former Cabinet Minister Herb Dhaliwal and I review the long road for Paul Martin from his triumphal entry as Liberal leader to his humble departure after the general election. . . . → Read More: Akaash Maharaj – Practical Idealism: The Fall of Paul Martin – Akaash Maharaj Podcast
A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.
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