Remember just a couple of months ago? The mainstream media, in the summer and, especially during the election campaign in September, when the Globe and Mail said "with an economy that’s generally healthier than how he found it, despite large deficits, Mr. Trudeau can still craft a message of stability and prosperity for the “middle … Continue reading The Throne Speech
I've been banging on about nuclear energy from some months now, starting in June and going on over several posts leading into the fall. I'm sure my views had nothing to do with it, but I am very pleased to see that Doug Ford (Ontario), Blaine Higgs (New Brunswick) and Scott Moe (Saskatchewan) have all … Continue reading A good step in the right direction
I see, in the Globe and Mail, that "China’s new envoy to Canada warned that Beijing will launch tough countermeasures against Canada should Parliament act on a planned Senate motion calling for sanctions against Chinese leaders." This seems to be the normal reaction for Ambassador Cong Peiwu who is a career diplomat who has specialized … Continue reading A risk worth taking
A few days ago one of my interlocutors asked, in response to one of my posts: "Is it realistic to dispute that under the current ‘first past the post’ electoral system in Canada the country is governed / controlled by the population centre in the ‘Windsor to Quebec City’ corridor? Even today the current minority … Continue reading Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?
Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, has been in the news lately, for all the wrong reasons. One bit of fallout has been that he has withdrawn from public duties for the foreseeable future. But it's not exactly clear what that means. In some cases, he has "stepped down" from or resigned some offices ~ … Continue reading A royal dilemma
There is a video, published by The Guardian, making the rounds on social media which shows Princess Ann, French President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Ministers Boris Johnson, Mark Rutte (I think) and Justin Trudeau chatting, it appears, about President Trump who made long, rambling press conferences of his meetings with President Macron and Prime Minister … Continue reading The Palmerston effect; or who is the puppet master?
John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "the provinces run this country. The political elites in Ottawa find this intolerable. But that doesn’t make it any less true." He said that "The know-it-alls will sigh with boredom. Once again, those whiny premiers demand that Ottawa shovel more tax dollars to them with … Continue reading The correct order of things