Real change

A few weeks ago, during the introduction of new minimum wage levels, a picture was floating around the internet which showed some supermarket self-checkout machines with text which said that "these are the only "workers" who are smiling about the increase in the minimum wage." Actually, of course, it will be the fairly well paid … Continue reading Real change

And yet again … not outraged

The media is making a mountain out of the molehill which is Davos: specifically the fact that a hamburger at the Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying, along with his entourage, sells for about $(CA)70.00 (CHF 55.00). It harks back to the "scandal" a few years ago when former International … Continue reading And yet again … not outraged

Good for the CPC … I hope

There is a report in the Hill Times which says that "Seven Conservative MPs are facing nomination challenges for the 2019 election, but there is widespread speculation the party’s leadership is behind at least some of those challenges, which the party strongly denies ... [and] ... “There were some OLO staffers last fall who were … Continue reading Good for the CPC … I hope

Dark clouds obscure sunny ways

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Davos, as I write, telling the great and the good that Canada is a wonderful place to do business, but Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, offers a darker and more sobering view of Canada's economy. He acknowledges that the immediate situation, in the opening weeks of 2018, … Continue reading Dark clouds obscure sunny ways

America (Donald Trump anyway) shoots itself in the foot?

Daniel H. Rosen, who is an American business executive, academic and author and an expert on the Chinese economy as well as being a partner at Rhodium Group, LLC, a New York-based advisory group and who is also a Visiting Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and an adjunct professor at Columbia University, has written a thoughtful article on … Continue reading America (Donald Trump anyway) shoots itself in the foot?

Is Trudeau dropping the trade ball, again?

The Japan Times reports that "The chief negotiators of the 11 remaining signatories to the Trans-Pacific Partnership met Monday in Tokyo to work on getting the free trade pact signed without the United States ... [but] ... The focus of the two-day meeting is on whether members can get Canada onboard for an early signing, with … Continue reading Is Trudeau dropping the trade ball, again?

A New Cold War: Countering the Russian threat to global peace and security

I have been arguing, almost since I began this blog, that Putin's Russia is a greater threat than Da'esh/ISIL/ISIS or China. Now two distinguished scholar-diplomats, one, Robert D Blackwill, who served Republican administrations and the other, Philip H Gordon, who served the Democrats, have concluded, in an insightful article in Foreign Affairs, that "Russia’s geopolitical challenge … Continue reading A New Cold War: Countering the Russian threat to global peace and security