Northern Reflections: Under The Bus

Andrew Coyne writes that there is a distinct difference between conservatives and Conservatives. That difference was on display at this weekend’s Manning Conference: The Conservative party is supposed to be conservative. If the Manning conference has gotten more overtly partisan over the years, it may be because the party has gotten less overtly anything, other ...

Northern Reflections: Manning’s True Colours

After attending the 1993 Reform Party Convention, the late Dalton Camp wrote: “The speechifying gives off acrid whiffs of xenophobia, homophobia, and paranoia—like an exhaust—in which it seems clear both orator and audience have been seized by some private terror: immigrants, lesbians, people out of work or from out of town and criminals.” The people ...

Northern Reflections: There Are None So Blind

The Manning Centre came to Ottawa this weekend to celebrate Conservatism Triumphant. And it demonstrated, yet again, the party’s fatal flaw — its garrison mentality. Richard Ciano, head of Campaign Research, told his audience that the barbarians were at the gate: Any deliberate attempt to frustrate a voter’s desire to cast a ballot with fraud ...