Hear, listen, understand and respond

I said, just minutes ago, in speaking about an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Michael Valpy, that we, moderate Conservatives, must hear, must actually listen to and must understand the voices out there that are raised to express their, often inchoate, fear and anger. In the Globe and Mail, Margaret Wente, a…… Continue reading Hear, listen, understand and respond

Michael Valpy gets it

Long time Globe and Mail reporter and columnist and one-time NDP candidate Michael Valpy, who, now is a senior fellow at Massey College and a fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, gets it in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail headlined: “Populist anger is real, and Canada…… Continue reading Michael Valpy gets it

Vital interests and possible actions

The Globe and Mail, in an editorial, asks the key question: “Is there a Canadian national interest in sending troops to Mali?” I suggest that unless and until the Trudeau government can say, “yes,” and can explain that vital interest to most Canadians that sending Canadian soldiers off to Africa on a United Nations operation…… Continue reading Vital interests and possible actions

Subdued kudos to Team Trudeau

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “There’s been a lot of Liberal rhetoric about Canada being back on the world stage after a decade of Conservative darkness. Some of us aren’t sure fighting wars in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq, or being in the front lines of delivering aid to quake victims…… Continue reading Subdued kudos to Team Trudeau

A “civil war” in the White House?

The Financial Times reports that “A civil war has broken out within the White House over trade, leading to what one official called “a fiery meeting” in the Oval Office pitting economic nationalists close to Donald Trump against pro-trade moderates from Wall Street … [and] … According to more than half a dozen people inside…… Continue reading A “civil war” in the White House?

Also worth remembering

With thanks, yet again, to my friend The Regimental Rogue: This was very much on my mind while I made my own choice ~ a man of good character ~ for Conservative Party leader and it remains there as I watch the CPC leadership race, trying to make my 2nd and 3rd choices. I think…… Continue reading Also worth remembering

A “multi-speed” Europe?

I have commented, before, on the need, which I believe is a pressing need, for a restructured Europe. I have used the analogy of a layer cake with one big, ‘bottom’ or ‘base’ layer that is some sort of larger free(er) trade area, and progressing up to a much smaller, exclusive, ‘top’ layer that has e.g. a…… Continue reading A “multi-speed” Europe?

We need the NDP

OK, fellow Conservatives, let’s be honest with ourselves: The Liberals are, almost always, more popular than we are ~ it’s been that way for over 100 years, since Laurier. They, generally, get a bigger share of the vote and even when they don’t (1896, for example) they manage to win more seats. In the 120…… Continue reading We need the NDP


A few weeks ago I wrote about one of the risks of sending so-called peacekeepers to Africa, especially to a place where there is no traditional peace to be kept: child soldiers, I said, would be a problem because: They exist, they are, in fact, endemic ~ depending on one’s definition of “child;” and There…… Continue reading Risks

Leadership (2) (one political aspect)

We are, it seems, inundated with a an almost daily stream of “news” about how badly “things” are going in Washington because President Trump is at least one of: Lazy; Stupid; Illiterate; Dishonest; Unfocused or poorly focused or focused on the wrong things; or Just a plain old bad leader. President Trump’s lame attempt to shift…… Continue reading Leadership (2) (one political aspect)