Despite the bad press that continues to dog the oil sands, it's not a potential foreign boycott of "dirty" Canadian oil that's the biggest problem for the domestic energy industry. No, the larger challenge is simple economics.
As time marches on, Rae will find that the media will become less and less interested as there is a new game in town that offers more punch, excitement and perhaps even more opportunity for a few slip ups -- namely the NDP.
I continue to be fascinated by the controversy and commentaries connected to the National Day of Prayer! What is most striking is the more extreme the view, the less knowledge there is about the designated "adversary."
There is no problem when Americans -- including public officials -- gather to pray. Questions properly arise, however, when the government, by an official act of Congress, urges citizens to engage in a religious exercise.
Media reports on the recent National Day of Prayer controversies peddle a common tale: religious pluralism has undermined the American practice of harmonious prayer. However, no storyline could be further from historical reality.
I know enough about the subject to realize that for prayer to be meaningful, it has to come from the heart, be freely chosen, and not be an engine of state policy. Prayers pushed by the government aren't worth saying.