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Herald Ed. Board: Cracking down on international criminals in Canada

Canada’s reputation (both domestically and around the world) has always been shaped by both positive and negative aspects. We’re seen as a compassionate people, but compassion can also carry the undesirable impression that we’re too soft on illegal activity. Specifically, Canada has gained a stigma as a safe haven for international criminals, people who’ve exploited loopholes in our immigration system to gain entry to this country, and continue to live outside the law.Last month, Canada’s government started to take action. On July 21, Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews released the names and profiles of 30 known individuals residing in Canada who are suspected of war crimes or crimes against humanity.The result was so successful—the Globe and Mail reports that six of the 30 have already been apprehended—that Toews released a further 32 names last week, this time including foreign nationals accused of murder, sexual assault, and armed robbery. While this has led to the capture of three fugitives already, it also drew fire from some human rights groups, particularly Amnesty International, who have been engaged in a war of words with Immigration Minister Jason Kenney.While Amnesty’s concerns have some merit—and we would not be comfortable with this kind of direct targeting for every criminal offence—the government’s actions are still justified from an ethical standpoint.What effect will these detentions actually have on our national security? Probably not very much. But our own safety is not the only concern—if we are to hold ourselves up as examples of justice and integrity in the world, we must expect our government to take action against those who’ve terrorized, murdered, and committed countless other atrocities abroad.This set of events also implores us to look at our immigration and refugee system. We need to ask the tough questions: why were men like this ever allowed… Read More

Herald Ed. Board: Political Party Subsidy Must be Scrapped

Prime Minister Stephen Harper courted controversy recently by suggesting that during the next federal election he would campaign to end the per-vote subsidy that has been in effect in Canada since January of 2004. As it exists now, each vote cast for a party during a federal election garners said party a $2.04 subsidy (as of 2011) paid for using taxpayer’s money.More importantly perhaps, this subsidy is paid out not just once after the election, but every year until a new election is called. Since the last federal election in 2008 the amount doled out each year has come to just over 27 million dollars. All registered parties who receive over 2 percent of the valid votes cast or, alternatively, 5 percent of valid votes cast in the ridings where they put forth a candidate, are eligible to receive the subsidy.The government’s current push to end the subsidy is not surprising given its commitment to campaign finance reform and its reputation for fiscal prudence.  Nor, if it fails, should it be the last.  Eliminating, or at least modifying, the per-vote subsidy is a worthy and necessary endeavour. Its current form robs the Canadian taxpayers of their right to consent to the use of their money for the funding of political parties. It likewise weakens the bond that exists between parties and their supporters by removing the incentive to actively canvas and interact with the public on a regular basis in the hopes of soliciting donations. The future strength of Canada’s democratic institutions may rest on our ability to re-affirm this very principle – that political parties and our government should strive to gain our trust and financial support rather than take it for granted.A possible, and indeed viable, alternative to the per-vote subsidy might be to include as an option… Read More

Herald Ed. Board: We Stand by Newburgh

A number of recent editorials have made the ill-advised and harmful decision to comment on the developing situation involving SSMU President Zach Newburgh and the website Jobbook before all the relevant facts at hand could be presented and judged with due diligence. In rushing to deliver an opinion  on the matter, those responsible have drastically misrepresented reality and inflamed the situation to a point where the truth, no matter how much it may absolve Mr. Newburgh, will not begin to undo the damage done thus far to his reputation and that of SSMU as a whole. Yet despite this, it remains crucial that the truth be heard and a decision rendered that is based not on hearsay and visceral emotion, but rather facts and calm deliberation on the issues at hand.The first and most important point to be made is that Mr. Newburgh, through his association with the website Jobbook and any actions stemming therefrom, broke no laws. Nor, as one might assume from the vitriol being brandied about, did he violate any of SSMU’s by-laws or constitutional clauses. Indeed, a recent informal consultation the Herald held with several individuals with legal backgrounds yielded the unanimous conclusion that Mr. Newburgh was not guilty of any wrong-doing.  Any claims to the contrary, unless proven otherwise, remain outright fallacious and stand in direct contradiction to the evidence.  In fact, Mr. Newburgh seems to have gone to great lengths to ensure that he remained in complete compliance with SSMU’s regulations and the law – disclosing his potential conflict of interest to the Executive Committee, deferring his position as chair, and abstaining from voting when the issue of Jobbook arose. We would do well to furthermore applaud Mr. Newburgh for relinquishing his financial stake in the company, to which he was certainly entitled given… Read More

Herald Ed Board: Want to Work for Canada’s Only National Student Newspaper?

After a month of amazing feedback and incredible viewership, the Prince Arthur Herald is now being read across Canada and the United States.But we aren’t satisfied. We don’t just want to be read from across the continent: we want to write from across the continent too.Today we are proud to announce that we are recruiting a team of new writers and editors from across the country. Tired of the left wing consensus in campus politics? Want to be a part of one of the fastest growing student ventures in the country? Then we want you on theHerald team. We are looking for smart, talented, opinionated students to join up and help us bring a fresh new conservative perspective to Canadian campuses.The Herald is recruiting students to fill the following positions:1. ColumnistsThe heart of the Herald, columnists will write weekly, 500 word columns on a variety of topics. We are looking for new writers for the following sections:-  Politics-  Campus Life-  Culture-  Finance-  Sports-  LawApplicants interested in writing for the Sports section should email sports@princearthurherald.com for more details. Applicants interested in writing for any other section should email editor@princearthurherald.com.2. Regional Desk EditorsThe role of the regional desk editor will be to recruit writers from their area, organize a publishing schedule, and edit columns written by students in their region. We are currently looking for Western Canada Desk Editors, Ontario Desk Editors, East Coast Desk Editors, and Quebec Desk Editors.Interested in spearheading the Herald in your province? Send an email to editor@princearthurherald.com for more details. For those interested in applying, include a short cover letter and resume.3. Copy EditorsHerald copy editors will review columns at their second draft with the explicit purpose of checking grammar and English language consistency. Interested applicants should have a strong understanding of English language conventions and grammatical rules. Send your resume toeditor@princearthurherald.com.4. Finance EditorAre you interested in business, economics, financial markets, and… Read More

Herald Ed. Board: An open letter to McGill’s liberal majority

Ordinarily, pieces written by our editorial board are an expression of the Herald’s political stances and an articulation of its editors’ views. The purpose of this piece, however, is different. With this letter we hope, more than expressing our opinions alone, to encapsulate and give voice to the thousands at McGill who are confused by and hold deeply conflicting emotions toward the events of November 10.We come from various backgrounds, hold differing political opinions, and strive for varying goals, but united we embody the liberal majority at McGill.We believe in liberalism in the fullest, richest and most historic sense of the word. Our creed is based on the belief that democratic institutions, individual rights, rule of law and civil discourse are not simply the best, but the only means of enacting any meaningful change in the world.And for that reason, we are confused, saddened, and ashamed by the events of last Thursday.The words required to express what happened that day cannot be rendered accurately on a placard or compressed coherently into a chant. Nor, as a matter of fact, should we try to do either: by focusing on extremes and painting the world in black and white, all context and substance is immediately lost.Not only do we recognize that Thursday’s events are clouded in moral shades of grey, we embrace that nuance. As liberals, we know that disagreeing is not wrong, dissent is not wrong, expressing our opinions is not wrong. If we are confused by what happened last Thursday, it is not just because we recognize the abuse of our values that occurred, but because the abuse was perpetrated by all parties by varying degrees.We do not disagree with demonstrators making themselves heard, gathering in a public space that belongs to them, and protesting against what they perceive as… Read More
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