Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: Margaret Thatcher’s Verdict on the Liberal Party of Canada

My article in the Globe and Mail: My one conversation with Margaret Thatcher about the Liberal Party of Canada began with a chill in the air, and ended with our host mopping his brow. We were all polite, but there were daggers behind the smiles and venom coiled around the courtesy…The news of her death, ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Advisory: New Leadership for the GOPAC Global Secretariat

I am enormously grateful to the Board of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption for their confidence in naming me their Executive Director, and I will work tirelessly to justify their faith. I feel deeply privileged to have a chance to work with GOPAC’s global alliance of democratically elected parliamentarians to fight political corruption ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The New McCarthyism

There is no worse cancer in a free society than the thuggish impulse to equate dissent as disloyalty… The greatest patriot is the person with the courage to be the lone voice in the crowd crying out that the Emperor has no clothes. The test of our society’s democratic nature is our instinct to value ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Forgiving the Unforgivable – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Our capacity to do violence to one another is the worst tragedy of the human condition, but it makes our still greater capacity to forgive one another all the more powerful.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: A Meritocracy Worth Fighting For – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Throughout our history, Canada has grown through the toil of generations of Canadians who were inspired by the belief that our country is free of the rigid class systems of the Old World, that Canadians’ success or failure depends on our own efforts and our own abilities…But in recent years, we have come to doubt ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Resistance is Not Futile – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

In any democracy worthy of the name, it is not merely the right, but the responsibility of every citizen to resist unjust laws… but there is a contrast between making a scene, and making a difference. There is a choice between the comfort of self-righteous illusion, and the peril of self-sacrificing commitment. There is a ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Hope for the Holidays – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

We will be able to hold our heads high before the judgement of history if we can reply that in our season, we held on to hope, we put aside our doubts, we came together believing in our better selves, and we remembered that we have always burned brightest as a nation during the darkest ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: To Lead or to Serve – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Over the past quarter century, political parties have too often lurched away from being mass movements of individual Canadians sharing a common vision of the public good, and towards being backdrops for individual party leaders who speak the language of democracy while wielding near-absolute power over their elected caucuses.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Liberalism of Conviction and of Convenience – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

The 20th century began as the age of the dictator. It ended with liberalism having come of age as the ascendant political philosophy across the world. Yet liberal parties everywhere are in crisis. Can they grow with the success of liberalism, or have they been outgrown by the success of their own political philosophy?

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Faith in Secularism – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Speaking on TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I make the case that separation of church and state is as much in the interests of the church as it is in the interests of the state. However, upholding the ideal of the secular state often demands more courage than we might expect.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj: A Party of the Many

As long as I have been involved in the Liberal Party, it has been my conviction that for all its strengths, its one fundamental weakness has been an unhealthy obsession with the identity of its leader. This impulse has taken us from being a party of the many, towards being a party of the few… ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: The Arab Spring – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

In my broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that despite our sometimes chequered history in the region, Western states have an obligation to enforce the Libyan no-fly zone, both to protect civilians and to ensure that the Arab Spring and the hopes for democracy in the region are not snuffed ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: Truth, Casualties, and War – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Videocast of my televised essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, on Canada’s role in Afghanistan: Our ability to successfully conclude the mission and effect an honourable departure is being prejudiced by an ignominious political retreat from the truth: the truth about why we went to Afghanistan in the first place and what we ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: TVO’s The Agenda: An Injection of Moralism – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

In this, my second broadcast essay for TVOntario’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin, I argue that the efforts by the federal government to place emotion above reason and shut down Insite are unworthy of our country’s better traditions and higher responsibilities. It is little more than an effort to purchase easy political popularity at the ...

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Akaash Maharaj – Globe and Mail: Unashamed to Own the Podium

Reflecting on my own experiences representing Canada in international sport, I argue that good sportsmanship and the virtues of sport are inextricably bound-up with the determined pursuit of sporting excellence, despite the scattered carping over the Own the Podium programme during the Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Red Party Blues, The Liberals in Crisis? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

TV Ontario’s The Agenda debates the question of how long Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party can, or should, endure the Conservative government’s electoral brinksmanship. Steve Paikin moderates, as Professor Christine de Clercy, Dion biographer Linda Diebel, journalist John Ivison, lobbyist Robin Sears, and I grapple with one another’s hyperbole.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Power, the People, and the PMO – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

With more than a year of minority government behind us, Steve Paikin and The Agenda assemble a national panel to ask if political power in Canada is still primarily a matter of the proverbial “who do you know in the PMO”. With Jeffrey Simpson, Norman Spector, Janice MacKinnon, and myself.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Public Degradation and Public Discourse – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A CBC Radio One national debate on the decline of civility in Canada’s public discourse. More than a question of discourtesy, the decay of the tenor of political dialogue diminishes the dignity of the nation itself. Hosted by The Current and Avi Lewis, and including Heather Mallick, Lainey Lui, and myself

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Are Canadian Political Parties Afraid of the Dark? – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

CBC Television’s The Hour canvasses Bob Rae, John Tory, Olivia Chow, and me on why Canada has yet to see a visible minority party leader. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, the programme included calls for “affirmative action” and more American football in Canadian politics.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Integrity and the Liberal Leadership – Akaash Maharaj Videocast

Sarika Sehgal of CBC Newsworld interviews me on my support for Stephane Dion, and on how the Liberal Party can re-animate Canadians’ passion for politics. With the convention behind us and the election before us, the question of civic engagment in the political process is more crucial than ever.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Politics and Principles – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

In the wake of the Quebecois Nation issue, TV Ontario’s The Agenda asks if politics and principles are Canada’s true twin solitudes. With Steve Paikin as moderator, Val Meredith for the Conservatives, Robin Sears for the NDP, and I for the Liberals.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Who Wants to be a Party Leader? – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Ottawa Morning, CBC Radio One’s news and current affairs programme in the national capital, explores the question of why the field of candidates for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada appears to be contracting. Hallie Cotnam hosted in Ottawa and I participated from Toronto.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Interviewing Leadership Candidates, Call-In – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Host Alan Neal of CBC Radio One’s Ontario Today and I take telephone calls from across Ontario on the people’s choice for the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: The Fall of Paul Martin – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

Former Cabinet Minister Herb Dhaliwal and I review the long road for Paul Martin from his triumphal entry as Liberal leader to his humble departure after the general election.

Akaash Maharaj - Practical Idealism: Visionary Politics – Akaash Maharaj Podcast

A feature-length CBC Radio One national debate between Judy Rebick of the NDP, Adam Daifallah of the Conservative Party, and myself on visionary politics in Canada.