Tom Flanagan


Don't Abolish Senators, Choose Better Ones

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.
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Why We Shouldn't Mourn CIDA

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.

Why We Should Keep Talking About Child Pornography

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

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

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?

Flanagan Says He Was Trapped

EDMONTON - A former high-level political strategist criticized for his comments on child pornography says he was led into a trap.Tom Flanagan, a political science professor at the University of Calgar...
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Saying Goodbye to Tom Flanagan

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?
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Flanagan Defends Himself

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

This Week Has 7 Tweets

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

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

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 advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former ca...

Flanagan 'Thrown Under The Bus'

CALGARY - Some academics are coming to the defence of former Stephen Harper strategist Tom Flanagan.The retiring University of Calgary professor came under fire for controversial comments on child por...


EDMONTON - Alberta Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith says it's "idiotic" for critics to suggest controversial child pornography statements by former key adviser Tom Flanagan can be linked to her party."C...

Flanagan Sorry For Child Porn Comments

EDMONTON - Former Stephen Harper strategist Tom Flanagan has been widely and swiftly condemned for suggesting that people looking at child pornography shouldn't be jailed.Flanagan made the controversi...

Can You Tell this First Nations Act From The '60s Version?

Recently, the government has proposed the First Nations Property Ownership Act (FNPOA). I think that people need to take another look at the 1969 White Paper and ask themselves if anything really has changed. In fact, the introduction is the same in both papers (save for some PC language changes). So pardon me if I'm skeptical in the extreme of a plan that was virulently opposed by First Nations when it was first proposed in 1969, and let's call it what it really is: White Paper Lite.

Tories Plan To Party Like It's 1812

OTTAWA - The public's knowledge of the War of 1812 might be a bit sketchy, but Canadians might not easily forget who's banging the drum for the bicentennial.Parliamentary secretary Pierre Poilievre wa...