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Chad E. Regan

Chad Regan is a 4L at the Faculty of Law at McGill.

Maxime Bernier – A Courageous New Direction for Canada

  In a Conservative leadership race where some candidates think they’re running as Donald Trump’s VP, others seem to think they’re running as Justin Trudeau’s environment minister, and yet others seem to believe “I think it’s important to parler francais” counts as Quebec outreach, Maxime Bernier is a refreshing free-market conservative who brings to the fore a mission and vision of the Conservative Party that is what a conservative party should be.   While Michael Chong, who appears to have missed the memo that Donald Trump has been elected south of the boarder, argues for a new ‘revenue neutral’ tax on carbon (read, tax on everything), Bernier is supporting a progressive environmental policy that recognizes Canada’s status as an emitter producing 1.6% of the world’s global carbon, and promotes innovation for export by reducing barriers to market access, reducing taxes, and cutting red-tape to provide the type of environment needed to stimulate real progress in green tech. The crux on which Chong is proposing his tax- its revenue neutrality- would, rather than proportionately punish heavy emitters, give a major income tax break to the rich -- sometimes buying your new Tesla just requires a bit of government intervention. In an election between Chong and Trudeau, electors might just as well vote on the silky shimmer of Justin’s hair- in terms of policy, the difference leaves one wanting. —————— More from the PAH: What is The Federal Idea? by Mathieu Paul Dumont History’s Slow Dance of the Seven Veils by Neil Cameron Why universities should cherish the civil liberties by Mark Mercer —————— The Bernier tax plan is stark in contrast to the bottomless pit that is the Trudeau-Morneau appetite for money that isn’t theirs. Maxime’s fiercely small-government plan recognizes the ability of every Canadian to flourish when not burdened by… Read More

‘A statement of solidarity’ – In solidarity with whom?

This is a response to a recent letter in the McGill Daily by a group of law students entitled ‘A statement of solidarity’. As an unapologetically Zionist student from the Faculty of Law, I can safely say that, although the piece attempts to speak for us all, it certainly doesn’t speak for me and many of my colleagues. The article criticizes the existence of a bilateral agreement between McGill and Hebrew University. Dr. Provost, organizer of the McGill- Hebrew U Summer Human Rights program, states, “I find it more than a little ironic to argue that in order to advance the cause of human rights, McGill should not have participated in a programme on human rights.” For anti-Israel activists, this is part of the intellectual acrobatics performed daily: how can one reconcile the wish to extinguish bilateral programs to advance peace while simultaneously purporting to be an advocate of peace? Speaking of peace, how can one claim to be an advocate of universal human rights when they criticize a sovereign nation like Israel for defending itself against an internationally recognized terrorist organization? What’s more, how dare we, as students in a safe academic ivory tower, tell Israelis that they are not entitled to the same security and peace of mind we enjoy. One of the red-herrings set forth in ‘A statement of solidarity’ refers to the raw human toll of operations in Gaza. Quoting these numbers is nothing short of sensationalism. The Israeli death toll is not lower by the goodwill of Hamas, it is low because Israel has established for itself cutting-edge systems, namely the Iron Dome, which largely succeeds in fending off hostile rockets. It goes without saying that every thinking person supports the human rights of Gazans. The terminology of the conflict is itself flawed: one mustn’t… Read More