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Tom Kott is the Editor-in-Chief of the Prince Arthur Herald. He is also a Political Science and History student at McGill University.

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Why We Should Bring Back Dominion Day

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 7:51 PM

While today it is only a vestige cited in the history books, Canada is still officially a "Dominion." As lore has it, Dominion was chosen for our nation after Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley, a Father of Confederation, read it in the Bible and found it fitting: "He shall...

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Five Reasons You Need to Fear the PQ

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 3:10 PM

5. They want to control what you wear
Yes, I'm talking about the Quebec Charter of Values. It will allow the state to tell you what you can and cannot wear as well as what you can and cannot say. As one Prince Arthur Herald editorial also...

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Don't Want to Swear an Oath to the Queen? Don't Move Here

(210) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:25 PM

Canadians -- and future Canadians, it seems -- don't understand the Canadian Crown. A group of immigrants applying for Canadian citizenship are going to court and demanding to cede the oath to "her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, [and to] Her Heirs and Successors" from the citizenship...

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Ridgeway: Canada's First Modern Military Battle

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2013 | 12:22 PM

On June 1st 1866, a determined group of Civil War veterans boarded barges from Buffalo, crossed the Niagara River, and invaded Canada.

The Fenian Brotherhood had one goal in mind: liberate Ireland. They wanted nothing to do with Canada directly, but instead wanted to drain British resources overseas by creating...

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The Senate Scandal Will Be Harper's Downfall

(48) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 11:56 AM

As of late, the chamber of sober second thought has become more of a dark dungeon of drunken regrets. Revelations that Stephen Harper's chief of staff, Nigel Wright, in a deal arranged by the prime minister's former legal adviser, paid off Senator Mike Duffy's $90,172 invalid expense claims is only...

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If Trudeau Doesn't Attack, He'll Lose

(34) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 5:42 PM

Since becoming leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau has made it a priority to keep his message positive. He has kept that promise and seen a huge bump in the polls -- helped by many factors -- putting him ahead of both the Conservatives and the NDP....

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Is Justin Trudeau Actually a Conservative?

(88) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 1:08 PM

With a successful leadership race in his rear view mirror, Justin Trudeau has finally taken steps towards forming a platform for the Liberal Party. A preliminary look indicated that he is trying to take the Conservative party's old right-of-centre spot on the ideological spectrum.

Trudeau used his debut Question Period...

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It's Time for Quebec to Sign the Constitution

(4) Comments | Posted March 22, 2013 | 5:23 PM

It has been called "The Night of the Long Knives" by its critics, and considered a necessary evil by its supporters. On a November night in 1981, Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Jean Chrétien, and nine premiers gave up on Quebec and signed a constitutional deal that would eventually become the Constitution...

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In Canada, Speaking Your Mind is a Crime

(41) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 11:06 AM

Last week's Supreme Court ruling in Saskachetwan v. Whatcott shows that the country's top court does not believe in free speech.

The Supreme Court ruling came from a challenge to section 14(1)(b) of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, which prohibits material "that exposes or tends to expose to...

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Objecting to "Pasta" Is How the OQLF Makes Profit

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 11:21 AM

The Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) has put itself on an inevitable journey to self-destruction in the last two weeks. The enormous list of absurd judgements from the province's language police that have come to light are a sign that the Office has gone off the deep end...

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North Korea: The World's Ticking Time Bomb

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 11:38 AM

Any hope that the succession of Kim Jong-un, the 20-something dictator of North Korea, would be a change for the better from his father in the Stalinist nation of North Korea have been crushed.

When his father, Kim Jong-Il, died in December 2011, there were speculations that his young successor,...

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Bieber Uses Canada as a Marketing Tool and Makes Us All Look Bad

(82) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Everyone has a different idea of what it means to be Canadian. For some it's our shared history, our environment, our diverse culture. For some the sight of a maple leaf is enough to stir patriotic sentiments. For others, being from the Great White North is about picking up a...

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Think Canada Allows Freedom of Speech? Think Again

(44) Comments | Posted December 19, 2012 | 11:31 AM

On December 12, Lord Dear introduced a motion to reform section 5 from the Public Order Act 1986 in the British House of Lords. Section 5 says that a person is guilty of an offence in Britain if he

"uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly...
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In Quebec, Speaking English Is Deadly

(106) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 12:05 PM

It doesn't take someone born in the 1950s to understand how dangerous the 1970 October Crisis was. For those who need a history refresher, the separatist terrorist group Front de libération du Québec kidnapped British diplomat James Cross on October 5 1970 and Quebec minister Pierre Laporte -- who was...

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When Did Canadians Stop Believing in Discussion?

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2012 | 12:59 AM

This piece was originally published in the Prince Arthur Herald

A considerable number of attacks on freedom of speech and freedom of thought suggest that we are a much weaker country than we believe ourselves to be. We no longer value diversity but prefer assimilation. If you disagree with the...

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