Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

There is an interesting piece in the Globe and Mail in which Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says that he is considering a "super SIRC" (Security Intelligence Review Committee) "to solve a problem at the border agency, which has no process in place to deal with complaints about officer conduct." The article goes on to … Continue reading Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Grassroots optimism, on balance

I wondered, in the days leading up to the CPC Convention if we were going to see grassroots anger, or grassroots optimism.  On balance, the media and I seem to agree, we saw mostly optimism and confidence in the future, and lots of openness, respectful and mature debate and pride in what the CPC has … Continue reading Grassroots optimism, on balance

The Great Migration (2)

About six months ago I talked about the challenge that a new "great migration," mainly from the Middle East and Africa, poses for Europe, especially, but also for Canada and the rest of the world. Now, The Economist newspaper has taken up the issue and reiterates the challenge this poses to Europe, in particular. The … Continue reading The Great Migration (2)

One small step …

I am a declared social moderate, in fact, I am a self described social libertarian. It is not surprising, therefore, that I am cheered by the Conservative Party of Canada's first step in separating itself from the religious right's obsession with the private lives of Canadians. But, as the linked article and others point out, some … Continue reading One small step …