Coming up: The NDP attempt to politically assassinate Adriana LaGrange?

When Premier Jason Kenney unveiled the list of his new cabinet last week, something of a slight gasp went through the media group when he named the new education minister. It was to be Adriana LaGrange. The contrast with David Eggen, education minister in the outgoing NDP government, could hardly have been greater. Hence the gasp.

Will the hate formula that killed Harper, work against Kenney?

It’s hard to imagine that anything could be more reassuring to the opponents of the besieged socialist government of Alberta than the seeming hysteria that has overtaken this government in the count down to the election on April 16. Consider their situation. They are governing a province that has suffered the loss of somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 jobs during their term in office. Many say the situation will grow much worse before it gets better. Now the big moment arrives. They call an election, and the government is setting up a special website that will, we presume, tell us how catastrophic is this economic crisis and what they plan to do about it.

Farewell to the speechless man who made it all happen

I was not a happy person on that February morning in 1952 when I assumed my new job on what was known as "the rim of the desk" in editorial department of the Winnipeg Free Press. I was one of six sub-editors, seated on the outer circumference of a huge semi-circular table. We were pencil-editing copy and writing the headlines for the stories in that day's paper. In the centre of the semicircle, facing all six of us sat the "slot man," our boss, who must fire me if I couldn't do the job. I was frightened and had good reason to be.

The rising Canadian political leader that no one can risk recognizing

The rising Canadian political leader that no one can risk recognizing -- [Ted Byfield] The impressive figure who has burst so spectacularly into the cold, murky world of Ottawa over the last few weeks suffers from an unusual disadvantage. Nobody active in current politics can safely mention this person as a formidable candidate for party leadership.. So let me do it for them. She is Madam Jody Wilson Raybould, fired by the Trudeau government for actually doing what she had sworn to do when they made her Canada's minister of justice and attorney general. When offered a lesser cabinet post, she quit on a point of principle. How staggeringly unique in today's Ottawa.

All we pessimists were fully agreed: Conrad Black was a mad man

The National Post newspaper this month marks the 20th year of its publication. Ted Byfield was one of several Canadian journalists asked to comment on it. His commentary follows.

It's difficult to adequately portray the sudden and most improbable appearance of the National Post in the Canadian newspaper world as it existed in the closing years of the 20th Century. Metropolitan newspapers in that era were definitely not something people founded. They were something people terminated, or at best merged with another so that one name or the other slid into oblivion of journalistic history.

If our morals are part of our nature, we cannot repeal them

The above paragraph, with minor changes, has been excerpted from the frightening letter written last month by veteran Edmonton teacher and educator Richard Dietrich. It's the letter which the ever more left-leaning Calgary Herald and Edmonton Journal have refused to publish. It was carried in this space two weeks ago, and it bodes very badly for Alberta's students in their future careers. They will graduate with wondrously social attitudes, but they may not be able to add, subtract, multiply, divide, read, write or earn a living. When Education Minister David Eggen promises "the most sweeping changes" ever wrought in the curriculum of Alberta's schools, it can only mean more of the same.

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