Justine Trudeau

Harper, Trudeau try to quiet the rhetoric

Prime Min­is­ter Stephen Harper de­fended his gov­ern­ment’s stand by quot­ing mod­er­ate Mus­lim or­ga­ni­za­tions that sup­portthe gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion on the niqab. He used in­flam­ma­tory lan­guage to il­lus­trate his point, John Ivi­son writes.

Adam Smith once said the real and ef­fec­tive dis­ci­pline ex­er­cised over a work­man is that of his cus­tomers — it’s fear of los­ing their cus­tom that “re­strains his frauds and cor­rects his neg­li­gence.”

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Harper and Trudeau: At the very least, we ex­pect them not to make things worse

It has been a dis­tress­ing spec­ta­cle all round. It isn’t that our politi­cians have not been “de­bat­ing” the “is­sues.” By now we have a fair idea of where they all stand on the threat of ter­ror­ism and how a free and demo­cratic so­ci­ety should re­spond to it. Nor can any­one com­plain that the ques­tion of how to rec­on­cile re­li­gious obli­ga­tions and in­di­vid­ual rights, di­ver­sity and unity, has not re­ceived a thor­ough air­ing. I would even go so far as to say there have been valid points made on all sides.

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