First Past The Post (FPTP) works

Journalist Tristan Hopper, writing in the National Post, says the he and his newspaper polled several constitutional scholars to get “their favourite arguments in favour of FPTP.” In the interests of the free discussion of ideas I am quoting his article at length, under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act. The experts […]

Brexit (12) : choosing up sides

When the Brits actually begin the Brexit process, by initiating action under Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union, it will be the European Council (the EU’s heads of government) with whom negotiations will be conducted, and that body has appointed Didier Seeuws, a Belgian diplomat, The Guardian (in the linked article, describes […]

How about a step back … to effectiveness?

I see from the Canadian Army’s propaganda machine that our colonels and generals are still tightly wound around the “buttons and bows” axle. The news release says that the Army “will advance into the future” following a new Army flag …  … which, I’m sad to say, looks, to me, a little too busy. But maybe, […]

A Conservative Defence Policy Challenge

We, Conservatives, have talked a lot about defence, but, except for a brief period when Gordon O’Connor was the minister, successive Conservative governments didn’t really do very much … we let the senior bureaucrats in Finance, PCO, Treasury and Defence pretty much play their own “official Ottawa” power games with national strategy, defence policy and […]

Get off the pot, government, and do something useful for a change

Generations of Canadian sailors, soldiers and air force members have grown accustomed to “rust out:” going to sea, or deploying, into combat, with old, hard to maintain kit … … we were, quite literally, in 1990, installing newer (but used) weapons and electronics in warships that had, in one case, been laid down almost 40 years […]

Is anything outrageous?

Michel Rempel, who, in my opinion, should be running to lead the Conservative Party of Canada ~ because she is, inter alia, young, smart, socially moderate, tough on crime and terror, telegenic, fiscally conservative, and media savvy ~ is outraged by the most recent terrorist attack, this one on a church in France. She is […]

A modest, Canadian, Conservative canon (Part 4)

About a week ago I said, “We need to affirm that our enlightened, secular, Anglo- Saxon, liberal democratic values are the “gold standard” for all Canadians and all residents of Canada regardless of race, colour or creed. We have to make it clear that all those who seek safety in Canada, who want to make new lives […]

Better choices

Who are these two men? The short answer is: Republican Gov. Mike Pence (left) of Indiana  and Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine (right) of Virginia. Why do they matter? Well, the slightly longer answer is that Senator Kaine, a former civil rights lawyer, mayor, and Catholic missionary in Honduras is Hillary Clinton’s running mate … … […]