2019 (1)

So, here were are in the dog days of summer ... the Calgary Stampede is over and done, the prime minister made a last minute, short, tightly controlled appearance , but Andrew Scheer seemed to have had more fun, and politicians are, mostly, home, doing some important constituency work, reconnecting with local voters and local issues … Continue reading 2019 (1)

An intellectual fly in the ointment?

There is an interesting and worrying article by Murray Brewster in CBC News that says that there is a "backroom dispute over intellectual property rights that's been raging for over a year between ship designers and the Liberal government ... [wherein] ... Ship designers from France, Britain, Italy and the U.S., among others, are part of … Continue reading An intellectual fly in the ointment?

Fixing things … maybe

There's a report in iPolitics that is headlined "Feds launch new digital service after years of IT failures" and says that "The Trudeau government is investing $25.5 million on a new in-house digital ‘swat team’ to modernize federal services and make them easier for Canadians to use ... [and] ... The Canadian Digital Service officially got off the ground this … Continue reading Fixing things … maybe

Military education and training

There is a very interesting and thought-provoking essay by a blogger I follow carefully, Angry Staff Officer, which asks, "Is the Army’s Professional Military Education System Broken?" The short answer, in so far as Canada is concerned, is "Yes!" To make matters worse it has been "broken" since it was established in 1968. The Angry Staff … Continue reading Military education and training

More on ships: Project Resolve “unveiling”

Yesterday was a big day for Chantier Davie in Quebec. The company invited the public, and, presumably, a gaggle of admirals and officials (but, one suspects, very few Liberal politicians were there), to an "unveiling" of the new supply and refuelling ship (AOR in naval parlance) Asterix. Now I'm (very slightly) familiar with "laying the keel," … Continue reading More on ships: Project Resolve “unveiling”

If you can’t take the heat, etc.

So, it appears, from a tweet that she posted on 18 July ... ... that Minister of the Environment & Climate Change Catherine McKenna (my constituency MP here in Ottawa Centre I hasten to add) thinks that CPC MPs and, presumably, people like me who broadcast our distaste for the Omar Khadr payoff, are, somehow, … Continue reading If you can’t take the heat, etc.

A good team

So, Opposition Leader Andrew Scheer has announced his House of Commons leadership team: It's a good team: Quebec lieutenant Alain Rayes, Alberta MP Chris Warkentin as deputy House leader, BC's Mark Strahl as Whip, the indefatigable Manitoba MP Candice Bergen remains as House leader, and Maritimer (but Ontario MP) Lisa Raitt is the Deputy Leader … Continue reading A good team