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Our Violent National Game

The great hockey debate continues

Pax Atlantica

NATO’s long-lasting relevance

Madelaine Drohan

Madelaine Drohan is Canada correspondent for The Economist and author of Does Serious Journalism Have a Future in Canada?, a report written when she was a 2015 Prime Ministers of Canada fellow at the Public Policy Forum.

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Madelaine Drohan

A Niche for Mainstream Journalism

Are journalists helping to create bad public policy? July-August 2016
When journalists talk about what is at stake in the digital era, they talk of dwindling jobs, shrinking media outlets and the frantic struggle to capture people’s attention. But by following what they think are the dictates of the new technology, journalists are helping to undermine something more important than their jobs: the ability of governments to deliver good public…

Wolverine Diplomacy

Making sense of the Harper government's foreign policy January–February 2015
Since Stephen Harper led the Conservatives to power in 2006 he has declined to spell out his government’s foreign policy in a formal statement. Instead, Canadians have been treated to declarations that play well on the nightly news or fit easily into a tweet. We are told that Canada will “no longer go along to get along,” or that “moral…

A Homegrown Morality Tale

Books on Conrad Black mostly have him tried and sentenced before his day in court. January–February 2005

Broken Promises

How does Stephen Lewis manage to remain hopeful about Africa? December 2005

Spending Like There’s No Tomorrow

Why don’t Canadians save more of their resource wealth? January–February 2013
When Peter Lougheed died last September, those paying tribute to the revered former Alberta premier summed up his legacy in terms of three main achievements: he modernized a former agricultural economy; he aggressively took on Ottawa when provincial interests were at stake; and he established a political dynasty that still governs the western province more than four decades…

Blood and Treasure

When wars involve natural resources, the only sure thing is complexity December 2012
When I visited Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta in 2000, I fully expected to find a low-level war going on, with local Nigerians pitted against the foreign oil companies in their midst. It had only been five years since Nigeria’s military rulers had executed Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight colleagues on what were widely seen as murder charges trumped up to silent protests about environmental damage done by oil production in nearby…

Canada As Colonial Power

Not quite the way we like to think of ourselves. January–February 2011
We also have no history of colonialism. So we have all of the things that many people admire about the great powers but none of the things that threaten or bother them. —Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Pittsburgh, September 2009 ◆ After Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper made this off-the-cuff remark at a news conference in Pittsburgh in…

Letting Us Off the Hook

Corruption needs to be dealt with in rich as well as poor countries of the world. January–February 2009