How to mend relations with China

This is the first of two posts about China and the ongoing Sino-American trade war and the dilemma this has created for Canada. This deals, mainly, with the Sino-Canadian imbroglio. The second, dealing with the Sino-American trade war, follows, tomorrow. It is rather sad to say that most of the US led, liberal-democratic, Western world … Continue reading How to mend relations with China

Hard to predict

I have gone on and on, perhaps too often, about a handful of election issues, reminding readers that my issues ~ a principled foreign policy, beefed up national defence and a grand strategy for Canada ~ are not going to win the next election; rather, I keep saying that the Conservative Party of Canada needs … Continue reading Hard to predict

Quebec shoots itself in the foot (more on immigration vs refugees vs improper migrants)

Just when I thought that some Canadians were starting to get a grip on the immigration vs. refugee vs. migrant thing, Quebec's Premier François Legault steps up to muddy the waters. Premier Legault, according to an article in the Globe and Mail, wants to "temporarily reduce immigration to the province by more than 20 per … Continue reading Quebec shoots itself in the foot (more on immigration vs refugees vs improper migrants)

A very troubling suggestion

David Pugliese, again,* writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says, and this is related to something I discussed nearly a week ago,  that "There are ... concerns that some in National Defence headquarters have made a concerted effort to hide the documents [Vice Admiral] Norman needs. Some of the vice admiral’s supporters believe he is being railroaded … Continue reading A very troubling suggestion

Cabinet making

A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the "ideal" cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the "best" government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century, … Continue reading Cabinet making

Another defence procurement cock-up

David Pugliese, writing in the National Post, reports that "Taxpayers are on the hook for potentially tens of millions of dollars after federal bureaucrats bungled the purchase of trucks for the Canadian Forces and now must make good on the lost profits for a U.S. firm ... [but] ... Public Services and Procurement Canada, which oversaw … Continue reading Another defence procurement cock-up

It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence

I see that US President Donals J Trump has announced an ambitious, new, global missile defence system ... maybe. What President Trump said ~ he wants a system that can deal with any missile, "anywhere, any time, anyplace" ~ differs from what Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said ~ 20 new interceptors, making the F-35 Lightening … Continue reading It’s past time to think, seriously, about missile defence