The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks

Apologies to the bard, but I think Gerald Butts has gone overboard, assuming this article from CBC News is correct. In the linked article Katie Simpson says that “The prime minister’s top adviser is comparing questions about Maryam Monsef’s family history to the racially charged “birther” movement in the United States.” “Gerald Butts, principal secretary to JustinContinue reading “The gentleman doth protest too much, methinks”

Freedom of Movement

A couple of months ago I commented on a proposal by Dr. Andrew Lilico about establishing a CANZUK (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom) free trade area which would, likely also include a “freedom of movement” provision and, perhaps, even some form of military cooperation. I think Dr Lilico’s idea ought to be takenContinue reading “Freedom of Movement”

Promises, promises

Remember, back in the 1960s, Burt Bacarach, Hal David and Neil Simon wrote a hit Broadway musical called “Promises, Promises?” It was a lovely comedy about double dealing and broken promises and so on … and it reminds me, more that just a bit, of the Trudeau Liberals. They are, right now, trying to explainContinue reading “Promises, promises”

Like a stopped clock

It isn’t often that any Conservative can (or should) agree with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, but she’s pretty much spot on in her comments on pipelines (starting at 4’0″ and going on 6’30” in the video) in an interview with BNN. Getting Alberta’s oil to “tidewater” so that it can be exported, globally, at fullContinue reading “Like a stopped clock”

Challenges

There is a very interesting article in Bloomberg by Josh Wingrove and Natalie Obiko Pearson that suggests that the pipeline issue “is about to test Justin Trudeau, the country’s telegenic 44-year-old prime minister, who swept to power a year ago vowing to be many things to many people—to tackle climate change, revive the economy, andContinue reading “Challenges”

Everyman (again) on the Middle East (again)

The “quality” press is full of interesting and useful; articles that try to help us make some sense of the situations (there are many) in the Middle East: The Economist reports on the unravelling of the ceasefire in Syria and on Saudi Arabia’s domestic problems with its own “game of thrones;” meanwhile the Financial Times explains theContinue reading “Everyman (again) on the Middle East (again)”

Masters of cynicism, inactivity and selfies

A few days ago I commented on this issue: “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first months in office were the least productive of any government in the House of Commons in more than two decades, data compiled by the Library of Parliament shows,” reported Althea Raj in the Huffington Post. But, in their defence, the LiberalsContinue reading “Masters of cynicism, inactivity and selfies”

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle of Nowhere

The very highly regarded (but not uncontroversial) Brookings Institution has published an interesting article about the Sino-Kazakh border city of Khorgas but it is, really, about the prospects of a new Silk Road, linking Western China to the Middle East, Near East and Europe which, in turn, is really about the “Rise of China.” Khorgas, as theContinue reading “Everyman’s Strategic Survey: The Middle of Nowhere”

Does this explain it all?

The media didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to this story: “Canadian universities are slipping in a global ranking based on learning environment, research, innovation and other performance indicators,” but Brian Gable, drawing in the Globe and Mail, noticed … … and it caused me to wonder if this failing in our education systemContinue reading “Does this explain it all?”