Ask the Professor, June 20, 2017

We recently discovered that Canada’s foreign minister had a grandfather who collaborated with the Nazis in occupied Ukraine. Does it matter that she said he “worked hard to return freedom and democracy to Ukraine” without mentioning that he edited a pro-Nazi newspaper during the war?

Ask the Professor, June 15, 2017

Can you please explain why the government is in charge of generating and distributing electric power? If it’s the usual argument that essential services should not be in private hands, shouldn’t we nationalize grocery stores, and why in Ontario do the Liberals want to privatize power generation while the Conservatives want to keep it in state hands?

Ask the Professor, June 8, 2017

Andrew Roberts’ 2009 The Storm of War argues that it was only Stalin’s ruthless totalitarian regime that could squeeze the heroic efforts and sacrifices necessary from the Russian people to defeat Nazi Germany. He doesn’t minimizing Western aid, or Stalin’s blunders from the Red Army purge of the late 1930s to ignoring warnings, or the natural advantages of Russia’s terrain and population. But do you agree that the sacrifices demanded by Stalin would not have been accepted in a democracy?

John Robson