Reviving civil society

There is an excellent article in the C2C Journal by By: Ken Boessenkool, Sean Speer and James Wielgosz entitled “A Plan to Revive Civil Society in Canada.” I highly recommend it to all. First: the authors understand what civil society really is: it is the web of local, grassroots, usually charitable, sometimes church based organizations that […]

Stop blaming the media and the voters!

Pretty much every day since the October election my Twitter feed has been full of 140 character rants about either or both of the “evil Canadian media” or the “stupid Canadian voters.” Conservatives who hold either view or worse, both, are the real problem. The media, broadly, is not full of Liberal shills … sure, […]

The “old left” rises again

There is a very interesting article by Stephanie Mudge on the London School of Economics website suggesting that there is “a deepening rift in the economic prospects of older vs younger generations” in America and Britain (and Canada) which explains the sudden popularity of e.g. Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and, I daresay, Justin Trudeau. Prof […]

Merry Christmas

I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, or a Happy Holiday if you don’t keep Christmas … I am, especially, thinking of those in the Canadian Forces, and in allied forces, and in our foreign service who cannot be with their families for traditional celebrations because “duty calls,” and that call may even place them […]

Righting the Conservative Ship

Tony Clement has written an excellent opinion piece for the Globe and Mail, entitled “How to right the Conservative ship,” in which he analyzes the October 2015 election. His main “take away” points are: The Conservative Party must continue to stand for low taxes for Canadians and a balanced budget in fiscal matters; and Our […]

You can’t manage what you can’t measure …

There’s an old saying, often and incorrectly attributed to W Edwards Deming, that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Like all popular sayings there is enough truth in it to make it a useful concept. One way of measuring a nation’s “will” or “commitment” to something is to measure what it spends as a […]