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 … Continue reading Multiculturalism, again

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 … Continue reading A thought after Victoria Day

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. … Continue reading Doing the wrong thing for the right reason

The indirect approach

I said before that one of my military heroes was a man, B.H. Liddell-Hart, who didn't do much fighting but did a lot of reading, thinking and writing, including writing about the indirect approach. I don't think Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is much of a reader, especially not about strategy, but he would do well … Continue reading The indirect approach

Reuniting the right in Alberta … and staying out of the dark, smoke filled back rooms

Some years ago the long governing, some would say tired Progressive Conservatives in Alberta were shattered when many members defected to the Alberta Alliance Party and the then (in 2008) unregistered Wildrose Party of Alberta. When Danielle Smith took over the new party she led them, almost, to the brink of power. But, as the late, … Continue reading Reuniting the right in Alberta … and staying out of the dark, smoke filled back rooms

The NDP and the bell curve

The other day I quoted the Globe and Mail's Adam Radwanski who wrote, a few days earlier: "Far more voters move between the Liberals and New Democrats than between either of those parties and the Tories, who have the most loyal backers and the most people unwilling to vote for them." Just look at these … Continue reading The NDP and the bell curve

Trudeau dithers on peacekeeping

The Globe and Mail, a newspaper which did not endorse Prime Minister Trudeau but which has treated him, generally, favourably, has come out, in an editorial, very sensibly, against Canada joining any UN peacekeeping mission in Mali. "Political party election platforms are not a good place to formulate foreign policy," the Globe and Mail says … Continue reading Trudeau dithers on peacekeeping