Cities are amazing places, bringing together all sorts of different people. Different ideas and customs often mix and multiply, providing new and exciting opportunities for work and play. And this intellectual and cultural fermentation does require a certain density of population. But is denser always better?
The idea of big oil companies as evil wrong-doers that will destroy anything standing in their way to make profits is pretty widespread and, yet, completely wrong. In fact, producing oil is not just about pumping, drilling and selling, it is one of the most amazing ventures that mankind has undertaken in contemporary history.
Now it’s Ignatieff’s turn to decide which direction his party will take. Which Liberal predecessor will he emulate? Will he follow the lead of Dion or Chrétien? Will he advocate policies which would lead to a more expansive and costly government, or will he seek to restrain and limit government’s growth?
Forget the notion of Canadian history as a long succession of government interventions. Private initiatives and individual liberties forged this country.