Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in a time of crisis

Canada’s parliamentary democracy works, even during a major crisis. Not perfectly, sure; the fact that our parliament cannot work remotely to discuss and vote on bills is very problematic, particularly during this crisis, when the whole House of Commons cannot sit together in the Chamber. So last week, when the Trudeau Government needed the authorityContinue reading “Canadian Parliamentary Democracy in a time of crisis”

Revenge, Honour, and National Identity

The War of 1812 and the Shannon-Chesapeake Action in Nova Scotia ‘A six pounder is not an army, no more is 450 men, except in our puny war’ wrote one Upper Canadian in a Halifax newspaper in 1813.[1] Even contemporaries living in the British North American colonies (what is today Eastern Canada) recognized that theContinue reading “Revenge, Honour, and National Identity”