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vol 46, no 2, summer 2016




THE SPIRITING AWAY OF ISSUES: PIROUETTES AND THAUMATURGY

Gilles Paquet

To comprehend the mojo of the new Trudeau government, one needs to be familiar with magical realism à la Garcia Marquez for this government is engaged in the business of spiriting issues away rather than tackling them head on. This cannot suffice. Real issues need to be tackled.









CANADA'S NEW IMMIGRATION POLICIES 2016: GOOD POLITICS, BAD FOR THE COUNTRY

Herbert Grubel

The immigration policies of the new Trudeau government are examined. They are blatantly designed to buy more votes rather than being in the public interest. An open discussion of the benefits and costs of such immigration policies is called for.









FREEDOM AND ORDER IN CONTEMPORARY CANADA

Gary Caldwell

It has been said that the Tory tradition failed in Canada. The consequences of this failure are explored. It is argued that a new consciousness of our belonging to Western civilization is necessary to make freedom possible in Canada and to provide for a viable polity.









ANNA GRANDORI'S EPISTEMIC SCHEME OF THOUGHT

Gilles Paquet

This is a very succinct presentation of Anna Grandori's sophisticated scheme at the foundation of her research program. It explains why she has felt impelled to relax the conventional notions of rationality, contract and firm, but also why qualitative evidence is essential to her exploratory work.









LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet














READING PAQUET AND PERRAULT'S THE TAINTED-BLOOD TRAGEDY IN CANADA

Monique Bégin

This is not a conventional book review. Monique Bégin, the Minister of Health and Welfare, Government of Canada, at the time the tainted-blood tragedy emerged, simply provides comments that complement, support, and nuance the contents of the Paquet and Perrault book.









THE QUEBEC MODEL AND THE MAPLE SYRUP INDUSTRY

Gérard Bélanger

The "Quebec model" is characterized by both strong state intervention and power being granted to interest groups. The maple syrup industry is a good example of the Quebec model in action. This has led to poor management, toxic practices, and loss of market share. A recent report has suggested a massive overhauling of this system.










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