Quebec's sovereigntists pretend to want independence. Until recently, federal politicians pretended to believe them. But with the Parti Quebecois poised to return to power after the September 4 election, the old pretenses are breaking down. Separatism is now a hard path, involving great sacrifices, reduced standards of living, more work, and fewer social benefits -- all at a time when PQ supporters yearn to hear a message of no sacrifices, improved standards of living, less work, and more social benefits. Which is precisely why Quebec separatism is effectively dead.
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David Frum is a contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a CNN contributor. He is the author of seven books, including most recently, his first novel Patriotspublished in April 2012. In 2001-2002, he served as speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He serves on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.
Speaking in New Mexico on Thursday, Mitt Romney announced an energy plan that promised energy independence -- not for the United States only -- but also for Canada and Mexico.
08/25/2012 08:09 EDT
Many Canadian commenters are drawing comparisons between Republican heartthrob Paul Ryan and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Some parallels do exist. Both are men of strong convictions; both gained prominence at relatively young ages. More important than the similarities, however, are the differences.
08/17/2012 11:43 EDT
Canadians should not arrogantly assume that what has happened to Detroit, Cleveland, and Pittsburgh cannot happen to Brantford, Trenton and Windsor. It can happen, and it is happening. Like the U.S. Rustbelt, Ontario has been losing industrial jobs, and only new business investment can create the post-industrial jobs of the future.
08/11/2012 11:28 EDT
Mitt Romney is touring the UK, Israel, and Poland this week -- but not Canada. Why not? Wait, wait, hear me out: This is not the usual "they forgot Canada again!" lament. The political purpose of Romney's foreign tour was to accuse President Barack Obama of straining relationships with key allies. Right now, the bilateral U.S.-Canada relationship is working very well for both countries. A photo-op of a smiling Mitt Romney wearing a hardhat beside a pipeline in Fort McMurray, Alta., would not help.
07/28/2012 04:43 EDT
I've spent some or all of more than 20 summers in Prince Edward County, Ontario. What has changed over the past three or four years is the scale and sophistication of the county's tourism industry, turning it in to Muskoka East. But even as a summer visitor, I have to say: I prefer these bad new days to the good old days that never were.
07/21/2012 09:08 EDT
The American healthcare debate is not a debate for Americans only. In two ways at least, the debate implicates the well-being of everybody in the developed world. More money spent on healthcare means less money for drug innovation -- a U.S. speciality that services the world. It also means less money for American defence -- something U.S. allies might be less than pleased with. Because when Americans talk about today's health costs, they are also talking about tomorrow's defense budget -- the budget that protects us all from a world of dangers.
06/30/2012 09:52 EDT
"Canada is competing against a whole planet filled with mayhem and misery. Political stability, economic growth, and a chronically declining crime rate simply do not provide the basis for a strong news industry. I think we have face the fact that Canadians may just lack what it takes to be a major news export power," explained a spokesperson for Statistics Canada. Meanwhile, Canada's historical demand for imported news continues strong. Emerging products like the pending Islamist takeover in Egypt have supplemented traditional suppliers like the U.S. political cycle and the British royal family.
06/23/2012 09:48 EDT
It's just a toll booth on a bridge -- but it symbolizes the challenges to Canadians of living next-door to an increasingly dysfunctional American political system: The Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River is the busiest Canada-U.S. border crossing, and shippers fear that the bridge's capacity will soon be overwhelmed. Unfortunately, The existing Ambassador bridge is privately owned, and the main owner -- Forbes 400 member Manuel Maroun -- does not welcome competition.
06/16/2012 12:40 EDT
The peace signed between the United States and Great Britain in 1814 seemed at the time to settle nothing. (Except, that is, for the fate of the Great Lakes Indian nations: They were the only party that can be said wholly to have lost the war of 1812.) Total peace did arrive all the same by a different path: by the gradual negotiation of differences, by growing mutual recognition of the advantages of peace and by the ever-closer convergence of interests and values across what would become the U.S.-Canadian border. That's the real meaning of the war of 1812.
06/09/2012 12:09 EDT
Thomas Mulcair has taken a deserved media beating over his "Dutch disease" remarks. He's been criticized for bad economics and divisive politics. He's been compelled to travel out West and meet the angry premiers. Not a good month for a new party leader.
05/27/2012 11:12 EDT
Barack Obama is foreign. Oh yeah? Mitt Romney is a bully. Think the U.S. presidential election will be about the economy? Think again. We'd like to imagine that elections are decided on the issues, by voters responding rationally to competing policy proposals. But myth and narrative are stronger than reason -- and strongest of all when, as now in the U.S., times are hard and solutions are lacking.
05/14/2012 12:46 EDT
While the U.S. president and the Israeli prime minister no longer openly clash, Netanyahu has to wonder how the U.S. president will behave if elected to a second term.
05/05/2012 11:22 EDT
Whatever we think of the student protesters in Quebec, the protests point to a real and true problem. Throughout the Western world, politicians are confronting the question: Who will bear how much of the burden of adjusting budgets to grim new post-2008 realities?
04/28/2012 08:04 EDT
Most of the memorial took the form of readings from Christopher's own works, occasionally enlivened by editorial comment. The biggest laugh was claimed by the writer, actor and gay-rights exponent, Stephen Fry. Christopher, he said, had condemned as overrated: champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics. "Three out of four, Christopher," said Fry.
04/21/2012 08:10 EDT
You could learn a lot about Canada's national psyche from the country's enduring fascination with the battle of Vimy Ridge, fought 95 years ago this past week.
04/13/2012 10:48 EDT
Under Stephen Harper, Canada can fairly claim to be the best-governed country in the advanced democratic world. Thursday's federal budget locks up Canada's lead.
03/31/2012 09:10 EDT
A lot of people have wondered how high the black turnout at the polls will be -- especially if dispirited black Americans stay home in large numbers. The answer may have just arrived -- in the tragic form of the killing of a teenaged boy, Trayvon Martin.
03/26/2012 05:20 EDT
This month, for the first time, President Barack Obama can say more Americans are working than were working on the day he took office (using the more reliable figures for seasonably adjusted numbers). Of course, recovery only to January 2009 levels won't be much of a recovery at all.
03/12/2012 12:46 EDT
Will Barack Obama strike Iran to stop its nuclear program? The president is claiming that the "only way" -- not the cheapest way, nor the fastest way, but literally the "only" way -- to reach a permanent solution is for Iran to abjure weapons "themselves." Which suggests that the answer to the question at the top of the column is "no."
03/04/2012 11:54 EST
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