John Robson is a documentary filmmaker, an Invited Professor at the University of Ottawa and a commentator-at-large with News Talk Radio 580 CFRA in Ottawa. He holds a B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D in American history from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked in academia, think tanks and politics as well as doing print, radio and television journalism in Canada, and produced and hosted the documentary The Great War Remembered for Sun News Network in 2014. He is married to Brigitte Pellerin.

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Barack Irrelevant

According to "Today's Headlines" from the New York Times, the decision by new Saudi king Salman to snub President Obama by not coming to the U.S. to meet with him at the White House or …

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Bet you can't have just one

So I see where former Texas governor Rick Perry is running for President again. I guess it's like eating potato chips; once you start it's hard to stop even if you're not actually enjoying them. Frankly I …

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Britannia waives the waves

Environmentalists love the story about how a frog that will jump out of hot water lets itself be boiled to death if you increase the heat slowly. Apparently it's not true of frogs. Only humans …

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Engineers of human subsidies

If you read government press releases, and for my sins I do, you will notice something odd. The Harper Administration, praised by friends and pilloried by foes for its free-market, libertarian leanings, cannot watch a …

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Mirror, mirror

When Jim Prentice told Albertans concerned about misgovernment to look in the mirror he exemplified Michael Kinsley's mid-1980 definition that "A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn't supposed to …

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Never mind how to spell it

A strange story in today's Ottawa Citizen (not available online as of writing) says "Ontario passed legislation Wednesday to create a provincial pension plan for more than three million people who do not have a …

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Robson on Wvong on Robson on Climate

Global warming is a crucial issue. And recently Russil Wvong wrote a lengthy and thorough response to my IRPP post on the subject that, in turn, deserves a thorough response. I don't want to create …

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The problem with this problem

Here's a disquieting thought. A new Fraser Institute study says that public sector compensation has increased 47% in Ontario in the last decade, faster than other components of program spending and far faster than inflation …

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The sort-of-Liberal tax plan

As Emmett Macfarlane notes, the federal Liberals finally have a policy of sorts, on taxes, and it's probably good politics. But as Tammy Schirle notes, it's probably not very good policy even if it's better …

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WD90 is baaaack!

Or is it? The Mike Duffy trial opens today and the media circus with it. But is this examination of the Wright-Duffy $90,000 payment and related matters just bread and circuses or a serious constitutional moment? By that I …

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What if the Court was wrong?

Well, the Supreme Court has done it again in R v. Nur, interpreting its Constitutional mandate sufficiently broadly to intrude at least some way into the realm of policy rather than jurisprudence. They may be …

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What's the deal on Greek debt?

Just days after a European ”œdeal” on Greek debt, the signatories are already squabbling about what it means. Germany says the new Greek administration must stick with its austerity program; the Syriza ministry says it …

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Why Greece is so rich

Apparently Greece should resume spending its way to prosperity. At any rate, that seems the illogical conclusion from today's Globe and Mail editorial calling Greece the canary in the European coal mine and noting "absurdly …

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