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Mathieu Paul Dumont

Mathieu Paul Dumont is the Managing Editor of the Prince Arthur Herald. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Secretary of the Montreal Press Club, and an Event Coordinator for the NATO Association of Canada in Montreal.

With coming challenges, renewing Canadian federalism is a vital step

On this 150th anniversary of Canada it is worth noting the marvels we possess. We are the world’s second largest country at 9,984,670 sq km, with 6.8% agricultural land and 34.1% forest. Natural resources are abundant, and our population as of July 2016 is just above 35 million. Can we make that 100 million before the end of the century? Possibly, if the country lasts that long. Irvin Studin, President of the Institute for 21st Century Questions, says that the average life time of modern states is around 60 years. Now then, what is it that holds this marvelous country as spread out as it is together? Who clearly knows the core Canadian values separating us from our southern neighbours, the rest of the liberal world, and which unite us from west to east? How strong is the bridge between the two solitudes that are Anglophone Canada and Francophone Quebec? Many Canadians do not understand the fundamentals of their political system, and the incredible value of the federalism that binds us. Having recently been on campus at Concordia University, a student came up to me and quite randomly expressed her thoughts on politics which seemed to be centered around Quebec’s independence. She self-identified as an anarchist and advocated for a division of our country. Although this was on a university campus where political ‘diversity’ abounds, too many young people think this way: “Well if Quebec wants to go, let it go!” How foolish and destructive. The young woman’s perspective was a rather libertarian one: the smaller the jurisdiction the better. However, other perspectives dig into a nationalist rhetoric that at any moment, depending on the words of random pundits, turns the Quebecois people against immigrants, Anglophones, and religion. It does not take much to fuel the dying separatist flame.  … Read More

What is the Federal Idea?

  The federal system is one of the combinations most favourable to the prosperity and the liberty of man. -Alexis de Tocqueville   The Montreal Press Club was holding its monthly event at the University Club last May to discuss a new book, The Call of the World. It was a successful event as they often are, the room buzzing with individuals ready to discuss current affairs. The evening brought together prominent political figures such as former Quebec Premier Jean Charest, former Prime Minister Paul Martin and the book’s author Bill Graham -  Canada's minister of foreign affairs and minister of defence during the years following 9/11. A noteworthy moment came as the evening concluded: Jean Charest took the microphone and gave a passionate speech on the importance of recharging The Federal Idea (L’Idée Fédérale), a non-partisan think tank on federalism founded in 2009.  Charest is currently chairman of the organization’s board of governors. And so it happened, summer passed and the organization set up a youth committee composed of three individuals: Claudia Di Iorio, Jeremie Casavant-Dubois and myself. The committee invited young people from across the political spectrum for a 5 à 7 on October 12th with one of the organization’s founders, Senator André Pratte – former Editor-in-Chief of La Presse. Following Jean-François Lisée’s victory in the race for Parti Québecois leadership on October 7th, the soirée of The Federal Idea could not have been held at a better time. [caption id="attachment_7357" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Senator Andre Pratte with The Federal Idea youth wing members Jeremie Casavant-Dubois (L), Claudia Di Iorio and Mathieu Paul Dumont[/caption] What is The Federal Idea exactly? It is a think tank with a research program that offers conferences and networking opportunities to develop and maintain a Canada-wide dialogue on the meaning and the mechanisms of… Read More

Islam must reform

      Mathieu Paul Dumont is Managing Editor of the Prince Arthur Herald. He is Secretary of the Montreal Press Club and organizes discussion panels for the NATO Association of Canada in Montreal.   The June 12th attack on the Pulse night club in Orlando that killed 49 people is above all an attack upon the freedom of Westerners. It is yet another assault carried out in the name of radical Islam. To claim that it is a different type of attack, aimed solely against the LGBT community, is to isolate the event from the bigger picture and to multiply explanations beyond the necessary. Islam, although it is not centralized, is the most consistent and the most rigorous of religions in the way it is interpreted and executed. In its current form, it is an ideology that is incompatible with liberal democracy. Islam must be reformed. To have Westerners defend any religion in the 21st century is in part an irony. We have seen thousands die in our own historic struggles to separate church and state. We have largely overcome our own religious conflicts, political battles within Christianity are over and our lessons learned. Politics in Western states are effectively a “no-god zone,” a necessary condition for the quality of our institutions and the peace that reigns across the West today.   To have Westerners defend any religion in the 21st century is in part an irony. We have seen thousands die in our own historic struggles to separate church and state. We have largely overcome our own religious conflicts, political battles within Christianity are over and our lessons learned.   21st-century Westerners face a wave of aggression from Islam in the East, whose ideology does not separate governance from faith. There is no tolerance for outsiders, there is no… Read More

A discussion with the Hon. Rona Ambrose

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Hon. Rona Ambrose on her 47th birthday. I agreed to wait in the lobby of a building in downtown Montreal, until Ambrose and her team emerged from an elevator and invited me into their minivan to the Queen Elizabeth hotel. The car-ride was short, and we briefly chatted about how Ambrose wouldn’t mind meeting with Montreal mayor Denis Coderre, “Maybe in May” a staffer said, but not now. We reached the Fairmont, and the real discussion began. As interim leader of the Conservative Party, Ambrose has exceeded expectations in many ways and is continuously asked if she will run for the full time position. In this interview, I had the chance to ask about the environment, LGBT issues, refugee policy, and the future of the conservative movement.       MD: How has the position of Interim/House leader been for you?   Ambrose: Fantastic, I love it.   MD: You’re setting the performance standard and the tone that candidates will have to match and surpass in the leadership race. If no strong frontrunner emerges, will you run for leadership?   Ambrose: I have every bit of faith that one will, and yes it is my job to establish the tone and the performance that we expect to see. We want our leader to work hard, we want a tone of openness, we want our leader to crisscross the country; I’m doing that, our new leader will do that. We’re going to earn back the confidence of Canadians so that in 2019 they feel completely comfortable voting for us.   MD: Stephen Harper gave the impression that running the Conservative Party is an easy task. But disagreements between conservatives are now more visible… To best hold this national conservative coalition together, what type… Read More

My experience as a Conservative Party intern

My name is Mathieu and I’m a student of political science and philosophy at Montreal’s Concordia University. After taking on various positions in online media both for students and young professionals, completing a Junior Research Fellowship, and taking on the role of Research Analyst with the NATO Association of Canada, I decided to take my chances in the Winter of 2015 and apply for what had become, and will continue to be, one of the most competitive internships in the country: The Conservative Party of Canada summer internship. I was accepted. Laureen Harper herself, during a brief moment with Montreal students in December 2014, had encouraged me to apply. She was a very active voice in encouraging young people to participate in politics. Although some journalists at CBC can’t seem to find or acknowledge us, young people abound in Canada’s conservative movement. They are diverse: religious, atheist, black, white, gay, straight – whatever you can imagine. A very significant number of staffers on the hill were in their twenties, and I am certain that young people will continue to hold crucial positions in future Conservative governments. The summer 2015 interns themselves included over 100 students from coast to coast to coast. As interns were placed in various ministries and other positions, discretion was advised in the capital. The conservatives were the insurgents, not the establishment, and the recorded reaction of civil servants when they greeted Justin Trudeau only days after his election serves as an interesting reminder of the hostile environment in which the Conservatives operated. Despite long hours at work, many interns decided to volunteer. Monday to Friday we held our day positions, evenings had volunteer phone banking, and weekends volunteer canvassing. It is a very demanding internship, however it includes the perks of meeting many ministers and senior… Read More
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