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Douglas Fisher

Ottawa bureau chief for the Sun Media chain of newspapers


[Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau] I think he was the most unsuccessful PM ... in modern times. He Americanized us more than any other because of the Charter and the removal of the Parliament as the ultimate place ... giving the ultimate power to the Supreme Court.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca
The finest aspect of the parliamentary system of government for the executive in office ... is its penchant for systemic secrecy.

Feb. 6, 2000 - from "Stewart spared to save face", published by Sun Media
The media has trumpeted the invariable failure of 'social conservatism' in Eastern Canada, but this overlooks the history of the country's public opinion, and the way it can sway from one pole to another.

Dec. 17, 2000 - from "It couldn't happen here, could it?", published by Sun Media
I think remembrance of the fallen should be primarily for those who knew them or were of their generation. Meanwhile, for children and young people and the generations without personal experience of Canada at war, Remembrance Day should or could recall much more of what Canadians did collectively, and of course, politically, economically and culturally in the wars. ... [It is worth remembering] how much only 11 million Canadians did together in "the good war" and how they emerged from it so much stronger and more diversified in institutions, skills, products, schooling, culture and recreations, with an entwined readiness and confidence to be bolder in the world as a whole. ... And this, I argue, we should focus on remembering on Nov. 11: We did it. We did so much of it well. We kept together. And we can do it again. Not, one prays, in wars, but fortified by the legacy created for us in and following the war of 1939-45.

Nov. 9, 1997 - from "Just how, and what, should we remember?", published by Sun Media
People tend to cherish the Charter of Rights without appreciating the impact it has had on the Parliamentary system. It has increased the power of the Prime Minister's office ... that's the most deleterious consequence.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca