Why Erin O’Toole is right

There is a useful, maybe slightly contentious article in The Guardian, headlined: “‘UK could be fastest-growing G7 economy if it gets trade deals right’ ~ PwC predicts UK will be hit in short term by Brexit, but will outperform US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan by 2050.” First, a caveat, one of my sons…… Continue reading Why Erin O’Toole is right

Getting it right (2)

So, according to several media reports, Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and US Defence Secretary Jame “Mad Dog” Mattis, hit it off like two old army buddies. I’m a wee bit of a fan of General (ret’d) Mattis, in fact I would be a much, much happier man if he, not Donald Trump, was President…… Continue reading Getting it right (2)

Hmmm … it’s about that promise

Back in 2015, during the election campaign, Justin Trudeau promised that … … now, of course, I knew, and many of you knew and most Canadians knew, in their heads, that Justin Trudeau, then and now, knows nothing and cares even less about fighter jets and the defence of Canada, but the media ~ 99%…… Continue reading Hmmm … it’s about that promise

Worth remembering …

I may have posted this before … … if so, no apologies, because it really bears repeating, especially here, in the so-called blogosphere where we all bombard one another with our opinions … in my opinion, anyway, for what it’s worth.

America at its best

There is an excellent opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by American legal scholar and author and activist Alan Dershowitz that shows how the American constitution works at its best. (For the record, I think our, Westminster style parliamentary, responsible government, the foundations of which rest upon a wholly unwritten constitution, is superior to the…… Continue reading America at its best

The Anglosphere

A couple of days ago I commended Conservative MP and leadership candidate Erin O’Toole for advancing the notion that he would “advance a Canada-Australia-New Zealand-United Kingdom (CANZUK) trade pact that grants Canadians the right to live and work in there countries,” and, presumably, the other way around, too. He was doing so, he said, because…… Continue reading The Anglosphere

Warships, again

A couple of days ago I commented on the potential costs of even further delays in the production of the new Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) warships. Now, a new article, by David Pugliese in the National Post, says that “Canada’s multibillion-dollar project to buy a replacement for its frigates is so poorly structured that one of…… Continue reading Warships, again

Getting it right

There is a very interesting and somewhat counterintuitive article by Scott Gilmore in MacLean’s headlined: “What if Trudeau became ‘The Trump Whisperer’?” The article is not really about Justin Trudeau, at all. In fact, he is never mentioned, by name, anywhere in it, except by the headline writer, and he is only referred to, directly, in…… Continue reading Getting it right


Today I remember my father, Lieutenant Commander William Franklin Campbell, the captain, and 37 other officers and sailors of the crew of HMCS Louisburg, K-143, just one of the many Flower class corvettes, who were killed in action at sea on 6 February 1943 while escorting a convoy into Bone, Algeria, when they took a spread of torpedoes dropped…… Continue reading Remembering

The costs of delay

There is a troubling article, by Murray Brewster, on the CBC News website, headlined “Irving Shipbuilding consults with Ottawa on frigate design delay.” Now, I’m not going to comment on any of the ship designs, proper, or on what Mr Brewster terms “the discord among the notoriously cutthroat contenders” in the shipbuilding industry nor even…… Continue reading The costs of delay