Conservative Leadership

In a post on social media, David Akin cites an ABACUS Data poll of 1,500 Canadians who self identify as Conservative and shows: It seems to me that: Messers MacKay and Kenney represent the hopes of the left and (social) right wings of the party, respectively; M. Bernier represents the hopes of the fiscal right … Continue reading Conservative Leadership

Advice from an informed source

In a piece in the Huffington Post, recently retired Lieutenant General Mike Day, who was, it was rumoured, short-listed to be the Chief of the Defence Staff, offers some good advice to the Trudeau government. The article says that "The former commander of the country's special forces says no matter how many "sunny ways" there … Continue reading Advice from an informed source

More on foreign policy (and naiveté)

Campbell Clark has written an excellent article in the Globe and Mail which I am quoting, below, under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act in the interests of furthering discussion and debate on the issue: Liberals try to forge new foreign policy path but end up in a familiar place SUBSCRIBERS ONLY … Continue reading More on foreign policy (and naiveté)

Disappointed veterans

According to a CTV News report, many veterans, including those who organized the ABC (Anyone But Conservative) campaigns during the last election are disappointed that the "pension for life" promise made to wounded vets was not kept in the 2016 budget. I actually believe the Minister, Kent Hehr, when he says that more (and I'll wager … Continue reading Disappointed veterans

Ships (2) – Corvettes

I offered some thoughts on ships about six weeks ago, suggesting that in addition to (smaller than desired quantities of) the new, big, Canadian Surface Combatants and the (bigger) Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships, the Navy might want to buy some smaller, and, yes, less capable, but cheaper "corvettes" for a wide range of duties in … Continue reading Ships (2) – Corvettes

The defence review

Two articles caught my eye in the media: First: on the CBC News website, Terry Milewski says that the Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau, is doing "exactly what the late Jim Flaherty did for the Tories when he had the job. Like Flaherty in 2012 and again in 2014, Morneau has now punted the budget for defence procurement down … Continue reading The defence review

More advice worth ignoring but a lot worth considering

Way back, almost five months ago, I said that the media is full of advice for Conservatives and most of it is useless. Some of that bad advice is, in fact, downright dangerous ... consider, for example, just the one bit in this article in the C2C Journal that says "Fiscal conservatives need to get over their … Continue reading More advice worth ignoring but a lot worth considering

The new world

About a dozen years ago a well known strategic scholar named Thomas P. M. Barnett wrote a very interesting book called "The Pentagon's New Map." The premise was that we could divide the world into two parts: The Functioning Core; and The Non-Integrating Gap. Graphically, it (Dr. Barnett's theory) looked like this: You can, and I … Continue reading The new world

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS

The Institute for the Study of War has published a very useful map showing Da'esh/ISIL/ISIS' global strategy in a simple, three concentric circles format. The map shows three, colour coded, areas that cover most of the world, notably excluding South America and Sub-Saharan Africa, but including America, Australia and Canada : It is pretty straight forward, even … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS