Trade tactics

There seems to be some consensus emerging on two points: First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pushed President Donald Trump too far. At the press conference winding up the G7 meeting  “Mr. Trudeau decided to take him on,” says Lawrence Marin in the Globe and Mail, “It backfired. In saying he wouldn’t be pushed around andContinue reading “Trade tactics”

A good plan

Readers should not be surprised when I agree with American politicians who might be competitors for President Donald Trump. Thus, when Governor John R. Kasich, of Ohio, who is being touted as either a moderate Republic challenger to President Trump or as a potential independent candidate in 2020, says that  “many Americans—myself included—are increasingly comingContinue reading “A good plan”

Let’s do it!

President Trump has called for real free trade with Canada. “No tariffs,” he said, and “no subsidies.” We should take him at his word. We should offer to meet, bilaterally, and discuss real, honest free trade in which neither the US nor Canada can, for example, subsidize its farmers or use phoney “national security” orContinue reading “Let’s do it!”

It bears constant repitition

This, from General and later President Dwight Eisenhower … … needs to be repeated over and over and over again until all would-be leaders in business and industry, in education, in our local communities, in the naval and military services and, above all, in politics, finally get it. With thanks, as always, to my friendContinue reading “It bears constant repitition”

Professor Geist gets it

Professor Michael Geist holds the Canada Research Chair in internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law; he is a frequent commentator on the internet and the law. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail he says that the CRTC (the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission), the agency responsibleContinue reading “Professor Geist gets it”

Arrant nonsense

According to a report from Global News, “U.S. President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russia, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated … [and] … Trump made the comment at the White House Friday after hoursContinue reading “Arrant nonsense”

This worries me

Rick Bell, writing an opinion piece in the Calgary Sun, explains how environmental activists are preparing to mobilize a “green army” of fellow environmentalist, First Nations members and others to try to, physically, stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline extension (TMX) project. he quotes activist and “war in the woods” (25 years ago) veteran Tzeporah BermanContinue reading “This worries me”

Congratulations …

… to Premier (elect) Doug Ford and the progressive Conservative Party of Ontario … … I take you at your word, sir, that you want to govern Ontario “for the people.”  “We, the people,” have one big, Big, BIG problem: governments, of all stripes, spend too much money and accomplish too little. Ontario remains, despiteContinue reading “Congratulations …”


There is an interesting opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Professor Christian Leuprecht of the Royal Military College of Canada and Professor Roger Bradbury of the the Australian National University. They say that, given what they read and hear from their prime minister and commentators, “Canadians are left with the impression that President DonaldContinue reading “Instincts”