U of Calgary's Frank Atkins on his former student, Stephen Harper

University of Calgary professor Frank Atkins once supervised the masters thesis of a student named Stephen Harper. The thesis was an exploration how government intervention in an economy produced distortions, distortions that were unwanted and produced negative results. Of course, that student would go on to introduce arguably the most massive federal government intervention in the economy ever. Professor Atkins seems forgiving — sort of..

Jason Kenney refuses to talk about Conrad Black. And he refuses to talk a lot about it.

According to sources our newsroom spoke to, Conrad Black’s application for a Temporary Residency Permit (TRP) was pretty straightforward and he got one. So, when my former boss gets out of jail in Florida, he will be able to come back to Canada on his TRP. The TRP is good for a year.

During that year, one presumes he will apply for “permanent resident’ status and, assuming he gets that, he will proceed to apply for full Canadian citizenship.

His application for citizenship is not without controversy. I, for one, am saddened, most of all, by the fact that, in 2001, he quit on me, you and every other Canadian when he chose another country over ours simply to receive a foreign honour. There are tens of thousand of foreign nationals around the world who would love to join the tribe that is Canada. When all of those who have never committed a crime or turned their back on this great country have become Canadian citizens, then, by all means, let those who renounced their Canadian citizenship and went on to acquire a criminal record in another country be considered for membership in our tribe.  Continue reading Jason Kenney refuses to talk about Conrad Black. And he refuses to talk a lot about it.