Tom Flanagan

Harper's Former Adviser Calls Him A 'Predator'

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.03.2014 | Canada Politics

Tom Flanagan is back. About a year ago, the former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper became persona non grata among most Canadian conservati...

Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

Glen Pearson | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

What is happening in both the House of Commons and the Senate at the moment represents a serious enough threat to our democracy that we require remedial efforts in real time, far in advance of whatever constitutional refinements to these institutions that might lie in the future. Our focus should be upon the selection process for Senators, at least in the interim.

Conrad Black's Thoughts On Child Porn

CP | Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Alberta

CALGARY - Former media baron Conrad Black says comments by a one-time high-level political strategist on child pornography were reasonable and innocuo...

Judge Attacks Flanagan's Child Porn Comments

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 04.05.2013 | Canada Alberta

A Saskatoon judge rebutted Tom Flanagan's controversial remarks about child pornography while sentencing a man to prison for possessing it, according ...

Why We Shouldn't Mourn CIDA

Kokulan Mahendiran | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Kokulan Mahendiran

When I first heard about the dismantling of the Canadian International Development Agency in the government's recent budget, I was rather dismayed. Nonetheless, upon delving into the issue further, it became clear that my initial reaction was quite misguided. International aid from Canada is not coming to an end; the budget has merely initiated the merging of CIDA with the Department of Foreign Affairs. The aim is not to slash aid, but rather to have a more synergized approach to its deliverance in developing countries. The merger of CIDA with DFAIT ensures the money our government spends internationally will be more focused, effective and better reflect and preserve the national interests of Canada.

Tom Flanagan and the Decline of Academic Freedom in Canada

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 05.21.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

After Tom Flanagan, a professor at the University of Calgary, remarked at a University of Lethbridge lecture that he had grave doubts for jailing thos...

Why We Should Keep Talking About Child Pornography

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

Child pornography is heinous. No one will quibble with that statement. We learn from the story of Moses and Pharaoh that questions being raised by people like Conrad Black, Jonathan Kay, et al require us to suppress our emotions and implement critical thinking in order to respond objectively, fairly to abhorrent behaviour and crime. I think we sell ourselves short as a society if we do not talk about this issue, or any morally difficult issue, because of fear or repulsion. We are a democratic society whose morals, values and ethics are based on a fine balance between justice and mercy

Preston Manning On Tom Flanagan: Know When To Shut Up

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.09.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Conservatives gathered in Ottawa this weekend to learn how best to spread their party's message are being told one way is to know when to shu...

Michael Bolen

LISTEN: Wasn't The First Time Ex-Harper Aide Talked Child Porn

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael Bolen | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada Politics

It took only one day for Tom Flanagan's career to unravel last week, but the process began back in 2009. Flanagan's statement last Wednesday during...

Apalling Statements Catch Up With Former Political Strategist Tom Flanagan

Lisa Bui | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Alberta
Lisa Bui

This is not the first time Flanagan's remarks have caused a public outcry and stirred considerable controversy, after he called for the murder of Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, on the CBC.

Is Tom Flanagan Just Another Victim of Social Media's Dark Side?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 05.05.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

There is no doubt that social media is contributing to great positive changes in our world. But we must not forget or ignore its dark side. Today, we have masses of information that are sent via instant messaging, tweeting, tumblr, YouTube. Speed is a priority, brevity is important. There are social implications that come with this technology. Among other things, we are losing accuracy and time for critical thinking. Tom Flanagan is a recent recipient of information fallout. Look how quickly he was judged and "dropped" by friends and peers. Is this our future: Fear of attacks on social media stifling different voices and difficult but necessary problem-solving?

Saying Goodbye to Tom Flanagan: What Took So Long?

Tobold Rollo | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Tobold Rollo

It comes as no real surprise to those who have witnessed Tom Flanagan casually call for state assassinations or defend the very civilizing project that led to the abhorrent Indian Residential School system to learn that he made flippant comments regarding child pornography while giving a talk on the Indian Act. So when Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, was summarily dropped as a commentator by the CBC and labelled a persona non grata by the Alberta Wild Rose Party and Conservative Party of Canada, the reaction among many in academia was: What took you so long?

Flanagan Defends Himself

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON -- A former high-level political strategist criticized for his comments on child pornography says he was led into a trap. Tom Flanagan of...

Flanagan Says He Was Trapped

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.04.2013 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON - A former high-level political strategist criticized for his comments on child pornography says he was led into a trap.Tom Flanagan, a polit...

The Week in Review: Tom Flanagan, Child Porn, and Questions We Don't Want to Hear

Marni Soupcoff | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada
Marni Soupcoff

Arguments got heated this week in the wake of a YouTube video showing academic Tom Flanagan saying that the viewing of child pornography does not "harm another person," and that he "has some grave doubts about putting people in jail because of their taste in pictures." It's frustrating that the incident has been cast simplistically as Flanagan revealing himself to be "okay with child porn." As inelegantly as he went about it, Flanagan seemed to be trying to get at a legitimate question: Is criminalizing the act of viewing evidence, after the fact, of a disgusting crime a reasonable curtailment of freedom expression?

The Man Behind Flanagan's Fallout

CBC | Posted 05.02.2013 | Canada Politics

The person who captured Tom Flanagan's controversial comments on child pornography says he didn't set out to destroy the reputation of the former advi...

This Week Has 7 Tweets

Ron Nurwisah | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada
Ron Nurwisah

Canadians love twitter. A LOT. This Week In 7 Tweets is a weekly column that looks at the funniest, sharpest tweets written by Canadians and is a look back at the week's events through a 140-character lens.

Flanagan 'Thrown Under The Bus'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Politics

CALGARY - Some academics are coming to the defence of former Stephen Harper strategist Tom Flanagan.The retiring University of Calgary professor came ...

University Cuts Ties After Child Porn Comments Outrage

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 03.01.2013 | Canada Alberta

Tom Flanagan's comments about child porn have landed him in hot water with the university where he was a professor. The University of Calgary annou...

'Idiotic'

CP | Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press | Posted 05.01.2013 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says it's "idiotic" for critics to suggest controversial child pornography statements by former key ...

How Many Times Can Flanagan Be Fired In One Day?

The Huffington Post Alberta | Posted 03.03.2013 | Canada Alberta

Tom Flanagan, former adviser to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has been disowned by the Alberta Wildrose Party after making controversial comments abo...

Flanagan Sorry For Child Porn Comments

CP | Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press | Posted 04.30.2013 | Canada Politics

EDMONTON - Former Stephen Harper strategist Tom Flanagan has been widely and swiftly condemned for suggesting that people looking at child pornography...

WATCH: Ex-Harper Aide Says Watching Child Porn Does No Harm

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 02.28.2014 | Canada Politics

Tom Flanagan, a former adviser to Stephen Harper, expressed support for the freedom to watch child pornography during a talk at the University of Leth...

What The Heck Is Tom Flanagan Wearing?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 01.29.2013 | Canada Politics

The Ikea monkey is now a political commentator. Okay, not really. Tom Flanagan, a former advisor for Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appeared on...

Don't Expect Harper To Lift A Finger To Save Him This Time: Ex-Strategist

CP | Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.27.2012 | Canada Politics

MONTREAL - Struggling to keep his political life afloat, Jean Charest shouldn't expect a lifeline from Stephen Harper, says an ex-strategist for the p...