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Stories by Gar Pardy

Book offers closer look at Canada’s ‘rare example’ of successful federation

OTTAWA—I am not a Father of Confederation, but I am a son of Confederation. I was an interested observer, albeit young, when Newfoundland was roiled politically with the renewal of its historical debate of whether or…
Societal values, especially “Canadian” ones, have had recent public airings. In the 2015 election and the subsequent leadership campaign for the Conservative Party there were a variety of comments offered on the values that should…
OTTAWA—It’s spring, and the hardiest of perennials in the Canadian policy garden is in full flower. The RCMP and the never-ending wailing about how to fix its “culture of dysfunction” and “insularity,” in the words…
OTTAWA—Today there is little about the war in Afghanistan in Canada’s media. The departure of the last Canadian soldiers in 2014, following well over a decade of fighting, triggered a collective shudder and the silent conclusion…
OTTAWA—It’s been 15 years since that fateful day on Sept. 11, 2001 when the centres of American society and government were attacked. And like July 28, 1914 and Sept. 1, 1939, the world changed. The…
OTTAWA—It has now been more than 15 years since that fateful day on Sept. 11, 2001 when the centres of American society and government were attacked. And like July 28, 1914 and Sept. 1, 1939, the…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—A couple of weeks ago, the families of John Ridsdel and Robert Hall spoke publicly of their anguish at the loss of their loved ones. Embedded in their comments was dissatisfaction with the government’s failure…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—In sorting out the ongoing confusing and conflicting attributes of the new Trump administration, there may be hopeful signs of progress on one or two of the world’s horrendous quagmires.  It does not take much…
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Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—Last Saturday, Norwegian Kjartan Sekkingstad was freed by Abu Sayyaf after nearly a year of captivity in the southern Philippines. A ransom was paid but by who remains vague. Mr. Sekkingstad was kidnapped on Sept. 21,…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The months of electoral foreplay in the United States are mercifully over. Now the conclusive work begins of deciding who will be on top for the next four years. Largely overlooked during the yearlong winnowing…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—When Khaled Al-Qazzaz decided in 2005 to go back to Egypt with his wife, Sarah Attia, little did he anticipate the dire circumstances he would encounter. A few years later, Egypt elected its first democratic…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The release of the report by John Chilcot on the British decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003 provides an exhausting examination of how not to go to war. Over two and half…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Israel is alone in the Middle East, secure and largely free from serious external or internal dangers. The death and destruction engulfing its traditional enemies is profound, with the old enmities of religion, ethnicity, and region…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—The murders of John Ridsdel and Robert Hall in the southern Philippines over the past two months brings into sharp and tragic focus the policy of this and previous governments on how to deal with…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—There are many claimants to being the world’s second-oldest profession but diplomacy and its sidekick spying are often given pride of place. There’s agreement that the use of force is not recommended in the practice…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
OTTAWA—Robert McNamara, the defence secretary for United States president John F. Kennedy, gave us one of the first Western military interventions after the Second World War. In a 2003 documentary, The Fog of War: Eleven…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is never far from the centre of any matter that reaches Supreme Court consideration. So a decision on April 14 by the court to hear an appeal concerning the…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
Rhetoric and reality are often seen as opposites when issues of public policy are discussed.  For many, rhetoric is the favourite instrument of those who wish to bedazzle and mislead in order to confuse when…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
A few weeks ago, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion delivered his first major speech since he was sworn in more than four months ago. Speaking at the University of Ottawa, Mr. Dion sought to lay down a…
Opinion|By Gar Pardy
We spiral into confusion and frustration amid the consequences of our military interventions in places of which we know little. In doing so, we magnify the initial disasters through the paucity of our thought concerning…

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