Some further thoughts on two of Canada’s democratic institutions

A couple of months ago I wrote a bit about democracy. I focused, mostly, on the types of democracy (liberal democracy (quite rare), illiberal democracy (rather more common) and conservative or Confucian democracy (even more rare and found only in Asia). Yesterday I wrote a bit about the Senate, especially about its role as the…… Continue reading Some further thoughts on two of Canada’s democratic institutions

The Senate

There is a report, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Trudeau is about to appoint seven new senators: Peter Harder, a retired senior bureaucrat and high-level corporate adviser, to be the Liberal government’s leader in the Senate; Raymonde Gagné, former president of Manitoba’s Université de Saint-Boniface; Frances Lankin, a minister in the former…… Continue reading The Senate

Hard line politicians and moderate generals

There is a very interesting article in The Economist about the tensions that exist, in Israel, between “army leaders” [who, in the 1980s] “infuriated the politicians by insisting that “there is no military solution …” and that only diplomatic means could end” unconventional (or asymmetrical) attacks against Israel. The article notes that Israeli Prime Minister…… Continue reading Hard line politicians and moderate generals

Peter MacKay is right

David Akin, in his On The Hill blog, reports on Peter MacKay’s reaction to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s childish “Canada is back,” rhetoric.” Mr Akin says: “At the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Trudeau and some of the six ministers accompanying him used words like “renewal”, “re-engage”, and “re-vitalize” to describe their government’s…… Continue reading Peter MacKay is right

Useless gesture

The Globe and Mail reports that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will vie for a seat on the Security Council for a two-year term starting in 2021.” But, the report goes on to say, “The members of the General Assembly won’t vote on candidates for the vacancy until the fall of 2020, which means…… Continue reading Useless gesture

Submarines and things

I haven’t said much about submarines. A few weeks ago I commented on ships, for the Royal Canadian Navy, in general, but I didn’t discuss submarines. I also noted that our purchase of the four Victoria class submarines that we have inservice is, usually, described as a procurement bungle because the government (neither Supply and…… Continue reading Submarines and things

The nativists strike back

A few months ago I commented on remarks by Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel in which, while attempting to mollify the many, many Germans who had already expressed doubts about her immigration policy, she expressed the notion that multiculturalism is a lie. It appears that the Germans weren’t mollified. Today we learn, from the Mail Online that, in…… Continue reading The nativists strike back

Storm clouds

A couple of days ago I noted that “Barack Obama will not be president for much longer,” suggesting that the very friendly relations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to have with him will be pretty meaningless when an even more protectionist and nationalist-nativist like Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump occupies the White House. “Storm clouds soon…… Continue reading Storm clouds

Grand Strategy (again): some more history

There is an excellent article in Foreign Affairs, from the 1987 edition, about the origins of containment (conceived by American diplomat George Kennan) and the so called Truman Doctrine, which served America, and the whole of the emerging, US led, West for another decade (until 1960 in the USA) and even more in the case of…… Continue reading Grand Strategy (again): some more history