Plain Rhetoric

By: Bill McQuarrie

Politicians can’t be friends with everybody all the time

November 2, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:21am

“WHY CAN’T we all just be friends”, was once a favourite phrase and the go-to conflict resolution strategy of a family friend. Over time though, she came to realize and appreciate the value and need for leadership.

It’s called leadership for a reason and running a business or a government often means not being friends with everyone, every time. Nothing wrong with consensus building and taking advice but there comes a time when you have to earn the big bucks and make that decision.

Lefty-righty labels don’t apply to free enterprise any more

October 19, 2016 - 9:00am Updated: November 14, 2016 - 11:20am

I’M SOMETIMES asked, as I was last week, about my bias to the left of the political spectrum.  Some may even be a bit confused, wondering how I can possibly write opinion pieces that don’t seem to align with traditional business conservatism.  After all, it states at the bottom of each column that I am an entrepreneur, so how, I’m asked, can a “free enterpriser” possibly be a “left winger”?