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“Canada has been moving to the right—something my country hasn’t experienced in many years. Even when Conservative Stephen Harper was prime minister from 2006-15, the majority of provincial governments leaned left.
The current rightward trend started when Doug Ford and the Progressive Conservatives won big in Ontario on June 7. Mr. Ford set about eliminating a cap-and-trade program introduced by the provincial Liberals last year, reducing gasoline taxes by 10 cents a liter, and moving to shrink the Toronto City Council from 47 members to 25.
This was followed by a Sept. 24 victory by Blaine Higgs in New Brunswick. Atlantic conservatism—sometimes called “red Toryism”—is more liberal than in Ontario or Western Canada, but it’s still a shift to the right. The previous Liberal government is clinging to power and may try to govern without a majority. But that rarely lasts, and Mr. Higgs’s Progressive Conservatives will likely form a coalition with either the right-leaning People’s Alliance or the left-leaning Green Party.
The biggest conservative triumph occurred Oct. 1. Francois Legault and the Coalition Avenir Québec won a huge majority in Quebec. This seven-year-old party, which merged with the now-defunct Action démocratique du Québec, has elements of conservatism and populism. It will form the first right-of-center government in Quebec since the now-defunct Union Nationale was defeated in 1970.”
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"Ultra-Orthodox Jews are smarter consumers, have interest-free loan funds, and are satisfied even if they are poor, the Haredi Institute for Public Affairs has found."
"In Anti-Fandom: Dislike and Hate in the Digital Age, out January 8, Melissa Click delivers a collection of 15 essays by scholars exploring the many ways there are to hate, and why we love to do it."
"For more than a decade, ultrarich people from the former Soviet Union, China and the Middle East have turned to London mansions, New York high-rises, and chic properties in Vancouver, Miami and Paris to store their cash."
"Virtual worlds give back what has been scooped out of modern life . . . it gives us back community, a feeling of competence, and a sense of being an important person whom people depend on."
"It’s the end of 2019 and America’s bountiful harvest is in. But President Donald Trump is facing a crisis few contemplated the year before: a food shortage almost everywhere else in the world."
"Christopher Hitchens died seven years ago this Saturday, a decade after breaking ranks with onetime friend Gore Vidal and beginning a feud that symbolized major changes in left-wing politics."
"I could try to find out where my ancestors may have come from, but that is never going to show me what I’ve actually inherited."
"Have you eaten a Cheez-It sometime in the past eight years? If so, as they say on TV, call now because you may be entitled to compensation."
"An intelligent fish has stirred up a debate about how to measure self-awareness among animals—and what self-awareness even is in the first place."
"...either our youth walk out on Judaism or maintain a lukewarm relationship with Jewish observance; or, they become so obsessed by its finest points that they are incapable of seeing the forest from the trees."