Divisions (3)

As I was writing the post just below, Divisions (2), and also thinking about something a friend wrote on social media, I got to thinking about other divisions and, of course, electoral politics. I was born in 1942, William Lyon Mackenzie King was the prime minister; my mother often said that, in the 1940s, itContinue reading “Divisions (3)”

Divisions (2)

New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs has, according to a recent article in the Ottawa Citizen, exposed the running sore in confederation: “The country,” he explained, “is still very much dependent on oil revenues and if Alberta continues to suffer economically, it will hurt the entire country — regardless of how much hydroelectricity Quebec has …Continue reading “Divisions (2)”

Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way … again

Global News reports that US President Donald Trump is saying that “he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against a Chinese telecommunications executive if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing … [he said] … “If I think it’s good for the country, if I think it’s good for what will be certainlyContinue reading “Doing the wrong thing, the wrong way … again”

The Group of X (AKA the committee to save the world)

So, the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires has ended but, as Elizabeth Saunders reported in a piece that was published on the Brookings Institution‘s web page, it “was overshadowed by other news. But … [she added] … there wasn’t much to overshadow anyway.” The problem, she explains, is that “Getting the world’s democracies to agreeContinue reading “The Group of X (AKA the committee to save the world)”

There’s no other choice

China is much in the news in Canada these days. The arrest of a very senior Huawei executive and ongoing security concerns about that company’s intentions if it is allowed to participate in enabling the 5G mobile wireless networks in Canada  ~ four of the “Five Eyes” partners have already disallowed Huawei products on their futureContinue reading “There’s no other choice”

The four dangerous Ds

I was just re-watching a talk by now US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, given to The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, back in 2015, after he had retired from the United States Marine Corps and before he joined the Trump cabinet. In it, at about 44’30” he said, he would offer just fourContinue reading “The four dangerous Ds”

The United Nations Security Council and Canadian Policy

I have said, many times, that I think Canada’s quest for a temporary, second class (no veto power) seat on the UN Security Council, which I have also described as worthless, is a waste of time and effort. I have also said that Professor Roland Paris of uOttawa is a very smart guy. Now, inContinue reading “The United Nations Security Council and Canadian Policy”

Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’

I have written, perhaps too often, about my fears for the future of the liberal-democratic, capitalist, secular and rules based “new world order” that was created by the men who worked for and around US Presidents Roosevelt and Truman and British Prime Minister Churchill … one of those men was Canada’s Louis St Laurent, firstContinue reading “Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’”

The Conservatives may have a problem

If the reports I read are correct and if I understand them correctly then, in August of this year, Medhat Oweida announced his campaign to be the Conservative Party of Canada candidate in the Riding of Mississauga Streetsville. This same Medhat Oweide appears to be one of the editors of (or a contributor to) Arham Canada, the Arabic-CanadianContinue reading “The Conservatives may have a problem”