Put principles first

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: In the first, Gary Mason asks “Does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government really dislike Alberta and the West or is this just a convenient narrative, peddled by conservative politicians who have nothing but their own self-interest in mind?” He goes on to discuss the…… Continue reading Put principles first

The nationalist dream

In an essay in Foreign Affairs, Andrew Cohen, a Canadian journalist and author, says, after reviewing the often acrimonious personal relations between John Diefenbaker and John F Kennedy, Lester Pearson and Lyndon B Johnson, Pierre Trudeau and both Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan and Jean Chrétien and George W Bush, that “every time things soured…… Continue reading The nationalist dream

Fixing the system

Richard Haas who is a distinguished American diplomat and public servant and who is, currently, President of the Council of Foreign Relations, makes a key point: The only real solution to the ongoing global migration crisis, which bedevils politics in Europe, America and Canada, too, is to “contend” ~ somehow ~ with the violence, and…… Continue reading Fixing the system

Worth watching

This short video (thanks YouTube) was extracted from a long (10 hours) series that the Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman made, for the US Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in 1980. In just a bit more than two minutes he explains what Adam Smith meant and why individuals, each specializing as (s)he can, then can…… Continue reading Worth watching

On this one thing he’s quite right

According to an article in the Toronto Sun, “As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to attend the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling on Canada to meet the alliance’s defence spending targets … [and] … In the June 19 letter, Trump says there is “growing frustration” in the United States with…… Continue reading On this one thing he’s quite right

On the whole, I agree, but …

Farzana Hassan, who is a Canadian author and human rights activist and a former President of the controversial and progressive Muslim Canadian Congress, has (in a column in the Toronto Sun) joined with Sun newspaper columnist “Tarek Fatah in appealing to Ontario premier-elect Doug Ford to ban the burka, the oppressive face covering. In fact, I…… Continue reading On the whole, I agree, but …

Canada’s not “back,” after all

According to a report in the Hill Times, Canada is not only not really “back,” it is likely, according to several experts, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will fail in his attempt to get Canada a worthless, second class seat on the hopelessly unless United Nations Security Council. Seasoned former diplomats explain that Canada is…… Continue reading Canada’s not “back,” after all

More on liberalism

Professor Graham Allison of Harvard has been an influential (and occasionally controversial) academic in America for some years. In an article in Foreign Affairs he gives another view of liberalism that challenges my own views. He begins by saying that “Among the debates that have swept the U.S. foreign policy community since the beginning of…… Continue reading More on liberalism

Charles Krauthammer

I am sorry to hear of the death of Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer. I didn’t agree with everything he said but I was a great admirer of the (mostly) cogent and principled arguments he made. America conservatism, but which I mean classical liberalism, has lost a powerful advocate.

Maybe it’s time

Several Liberal Members of Parliament have been complaining, on social media, that the Conservative parliamentary manoeuvre designed to keep them all at their desks, in the House of Commons, voting on issues ~ you know, what we pay them to do ~ is an “insult to Islam” because those votes, which were, by the way,…… Continue reading Maybe it’s time