The media is, of course, full of reports about what happened, for better or worse, in 2016 and what will likely matter in 2017. For example: a team of journalists including John Ivison and David Akin take a look back in the National Post, and on the CBC website the Power & Politics panel ruminate … Continue reading The year in review and the year ahead
A couple of things caught my eye over the Christmas week: There were several stories about Kevin O'Leary being surrounded by advisors including such Conservative heavyweights "former Ontario premier Mike Harris [and] former Conservative Sen. Marjory LeBreton," who will help him to decide how, and even if, to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party … Continue reading An exemplary leader
"We will have dead Canadians and frankly achieve nothing." Dr. Jack Granatstein, Canadian Historian There is an interesting article in the Toronto Star in which two Canadian Historians, Walter Dorn and Jack Granatstein present differing views on the forthcoming peacekeeping mission. Professor Dorn is a well known proponent of peacekeeping operations in which we participate because … Continue reading Peacekeeping: a national value or a pointless waste of Canadian lives?
... but I fear this, from Brian Gable in the Globe and Mail, is too close to the mark: Canadians voted for "real change" and they got it ... away from an honest, prudent leader that they may not have found warm and "nice," and back to the Liberalism of the the 1970s and 1990s … Continue reading Sad to say …
There is an interesting story on the Global News website, headlined: "Majority of Canadians say ties to monarchy should be cut when Queen dies: poll." "A majority of Canadians now believe that when Queen Elizabeth II dies and Prince Charles ascends to the throne, Canada should cut ties with the monarchy," the story says, and "A … Continue reading Time to change?
A couple of months ago I wondered if the Netherlands might be the next country to exit the EU. Now, an article in The Express, quotes Marine LePen, leader of France’s National Front, from an interview with the Greek newspaper Dimokratia, Mlle LePen said: “Frexit will be a part of my policy." A slideshow embedded in … Continue reading Is the EU shattering? Are “values” the issue?
... especially for those of us who would discuss politics and strategy (or lack of it) and values and the business of soldiering. (Apologies to H.L. Mencken, who may or may not have coined this phrase.)
In a column in the Globe and Mail, concerning whether or how the Middle East will disrupt Donald Trump's presidency, John Ibbitson raises a troubling question. "All of these presidents," Mr Ibbitson say, speaking or Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W Bush and Barak Obama, "brought, at the least, goodwill to the question of how … Continue reading A troubling question of perceptions
Readers in America and the Philippines and some other places might not know about Boxing day but it is part of the Christmas holiday tradition here in Canada.
I wish all my readers, around the world, a very Merry Christmas. I have a special wish for our most gracious sovereign lady, Queen Elizabeth, for our governor general, David Johnston, for prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose and, indeed, for all parliamentarians who serve us so well. I also wish the joys … Continue reading Merry Christmas