Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero? – Part 2

Yesterday’s post revolved around a column by The Hamilton Spectator’s Andrew Dreschel in which he questioned whether the circumstances of Nathan Cirollo’s death qualified him as a hero. I predicted that he would likely be subject to a barrage of criticism, given that the young man’s death was so recent, and a state funeral had ...

Politics and its Discontents: Was Nathan Cirillo A Hero?

As I noted on this blog previously, it is always a tragedy when a young person loses his or her life, whether to accident, disease, or mayhem. The lost potential is incalculable. Like me, however, I suspect many found the mythologizing of Nathan Cirillo’s murder, his passage on the Highway of Heroes, and what amounted ...

Politics and its Discontents: Stephen Harper’s Advice: ‘Don’t Believe What You Sometimes Read’

That little gem was delivered by Dear Leader at a gathering of true believers outside of Hamilton the other day as he offered this confabulation: “There are more people going to good-paying jobs today than in any other time in our history.” About the deplorable sellout he engineered in his sweetheart deal with U.S. Steel, ...

Politics and its Discontents: With Apologies, Another Post On Tim Hudak

I have to admit that I grow increasingly tired of and bored with young Tim Hudak, the boy who would be Ontario’s next premier. Yet because his duplicitous tactics and rhetoric provide such a window into the sordid world of Conservative politics, sometimes I just hold my nose and plod on. But I promise to ...

Politics and its Discontents: Victory for Lucene Charles!

Lucene Charles, the St. Vincent native who has been battling deportation from Canada for some time now because of her failure to fill out the proper immigration papers years ago, has finally achieved victory. The decision in principle to allow her to stay has been made, a decision that will be finalized after the proper ...