Wednesday, October 13, 2004

The National Post

A voice for Canadian Conservatives In my humble opinion The National Post is not as good a paper as it used to be when Conrad Black still had a hand in it, but it is still pretty much the best thing going north of the 49th. Today they published the first of a series on Australia, with an eye to how different a course that country has taken in recent years compared to Canada. For the record: I love Aussies. And Kiwis too. I wish Canada were more like that. But we have problems, boy do we, on both the anglo and the french wings of the plane. Quebec suffers from the same problems as France, and that is that its culture has been given over to Rationalism since at least the 1960s, even earlier in France proper. Canadian anglos (too many of them in this writer's opinion) take their bearings from British Labour and Europe. Not Tony Blair, but the old British Labour. Those two cultures, and the way the population is distributed account for the seemingly endless Liberal government we suffer from. The Post also ran commentary from Father Raymond Desouza today, on the passing of Jacques Derrida. De Souza's comments on the subject are undoubtedly better than mine. If you have access to the Post on-line, by all means check it out (it's a pay site). I like De Souza quite a bit, and not just because he is just about the only Catholic priest one sees in the Canadian media. He's just readable and likeable. I remember that when the Pope was in Toronto for World Youth Day, De Souza and the Post had a lot of coverage and it got me to thinking in ways that I hadn't before. Also in the Post today is a nice bit from Barbara McKay on how leadership isn't synonymous with intelligence, despite what Liberals say. I bring up these bits of good news coverage because I have also had thoughts along the lines of Dana at Canadian Comment:
There are many days now where I simply can't stand to read what passes for commentary. I used to love the Internet because it allowed me to find thought provoking columns from all viewpoints making me think in ways I never had before. And yet for the last several months I find that I actually dread my daily search for reading material. I have always tried to find material from both the left and right viewpoints. As you can guess I tend to agree with views from the right but not to long ago there was a time that I could read views from the left and feel better for doing it. I learned a bit and as a minimum I gained an understanding of how the mind of the left works. And today... I just feel like I can't do it anymore.
Between the National Post and the blogosphere, I'm happy to say that there are good reads to be had. Thank goodness neither of them is subject to the CRTC.

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