One has to wonder

So, Jody Wilson-Raybould opened her remarks, a few hours ago, (and her testimony is still ongoing as I post this) by saying that she endured a sustained series of attempts to interfere with prosecutorial discretion. The pressure included communications from the office of Finance Minister Bill Morneau which explained to her that SNC-Lavalin might close … Continue reading One has to wonder

And it begins …

I said, just hours ago, that "the Toronto Star and the Liberal propaganda information machine will have a field day trying to persuade Canadians that this is nothing but a personal vendetta which the former attorney general and veterans affairs minister orchestrated to bring down Gerald Butts (and as many others as she could) because she was, they … Continue reading And it begins …

Checkmate?

Michael Sona, a former Conservative political 'operator' who was convicted in the 2011 Robocalls affair, suggests, on social media, that Jody Wilson-Raybould is vulnerable in her testimony, later today: Does it really matter if Ms Wilson-Raybould was the source of the information that Steven Chase, Robert Fife and Sean Fine used when they broke the … Continue reading Checkmate?

Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

A week or so ago I wrote about an excellent article by Dr Richard Haass which explained how the liberal world order might end and why, if we want to avoid a Chinese dominated world order, which I suggest is not in our best interests, then the US led West must restore itself. Now, in Foreign … Continue reading Is the future of the liberal world order conservative?

Crossing lines?

There was considerable reaction to the testimony of Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada's top civil servant, and, arguably, one of the most powerful people in all of government, when, last week, he addressed the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson Raybould affair. Some people felt that he crossed some important lines. David Akin, for example, … Continue reading Crossing lines?

Climate change and human nature

There is a very useful article in The Economist which says that people all over the world, but especially in the USA, are starting to comprehend that climate change is real. But, the article says, and it's a big BUT, "amid the clamour is a single, jarring truth. Demand for oil is rising and the … Continue reading Climate change and human nature

Betrayal

Remember this? During the 2015 campaign CTV News reported that "Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has unveiled a key election promise aimed at Canada's veterans, including lifelong pensions for injured vets and hundreds of millions of dollars in expanded benefits ...[and] ...  Speaking in Belleville, Ont., on Monday, Trudeau said that if elected, the Liberals will … Continue reading Betrayal

Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called 'Open Future' which they describe as "A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century." Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense University … Continue reading Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

More details and even less clarity …

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye, today: First, Robert Fife and Steven Chase (again) are still digging into the SNC-Lavalin / Jody Wilson-Raybould imbroglio and now they report that "Former attorney-general Jody Wilson-Raybould told federal cabinet ministers she believed it was improper for officials in the Prime Minister’s Office to press … Continue reading More details and even less clarity …

Has he got it right?

I almost never agree with the CBC's Neil Macdonald on almost any topic, but he offers a tantalizing theory ~ one with which it is hard to disagree ~ in this piece which is headlined "Gerald Butts was done in, at least partially, by the ethos of identity politics." "A good headline," he opines, "like … Continue reading Has he got it right?