The yellow brick road

Two columns by (moderately conservative) columnist John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail bear consideration: First, he says, a column headlined “In Andrew Scheer, Conservatives elect Stephen Harper 2.0 – with a smile” that Conservative ~ in surprisingly large numbers ~ made the smart and safe choice. “Conservative voters,” he says, “concluded, by the narrowest […]

Is this, now, all we can contribute?

This picture is all over the internet … … it was taken a few days ago at NATO Headquarters where most people came to discuss Putin’s threats to European peace and security; President Trump’s demands for more burden sharing; Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS attacks on NATO members … that sort of thing. But all that Prime Minister Trudeau […]

Ships, again … a bit more on Project Resolve

Thanks to our friend Colin on Army.ca, here are three pictures of the Asterix ~ the fleet support ship being built by Davie in Quebec and, reportedly, the cause of Vice Admiral Norman’s woes … they show the stern, the bridge and a cabin: The first two show the ship under construction and we can […]

Let the demonization continue

The campaign by the Laurentian Elites to demonize Conservatives, in general, and Stephen Harper in particular, continues with a report by federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson that finds that Nigel Wright “broke two sections of the Conflict of Interest Act when he personally gave Duffy $90,000 to repay the Senate for questionable living expense claims … [because] […]

Closing a loophole in Canada’s election laws

The Globe and Mail, in a timely and wise editorial, suggests that our election system has a major loophole that needs to be closed. The Globe’s editorial board explains that “Conservative MP Michael Cooper, the party’s deputy justice critic, has sent a letter to Yves Côté, the commissioner of Canada Elections, asking him to investigate […]

Potemkin Village (3)

My friend Tony Prudori, who is a reliable source of news about all things military, has posted (on Army.ca) the ORBSAT (order of battle) of the Canadian led battle group that will deploy in Latvia: “According to sargs.lv*,” he reports,  “the Canadian-led battalion level battle group will be composed of about 1,138 soldiers, as well […]

Multiculturalism, again

There’s an interesting opinion piece, misfiled in the local news section of the Kingston Whig Standard about “Citizenship in a multicultural age.” I emphasize opinion and misfiled because the author, columnist Geoffrey Johnston says things like “Let us be clear: there is no place for anti-Muslim bigotry, discrimination or persecution in Canada. Freedom of religion is […]

A thought after Victoria Day

I hope everyone in Canada had a nice Victoria Day week-end … but it’s a bit of an anachronism, isn’t it? How many of us, I wonder,  can actually tell anyone else much of anything about Queen Victoria or why we still celebrate her birthday? Or, for that matter, who can tell us much about […]

Doing the wrong thing for the right reason

Following on from  yesterday’s comments about needing an indirect approach to trade negotiations, I noted a recent report in the Globe and Mail that talked about a “developing pattern” of “pretty aggressive” responses to US trade actions. The Globe’s article deals in considerable detail with the proposal to buy the US Super Hornet fighter jets. […]