A good question

David Krayden, who is a former Royal Canadian Air Force public affairs officer and legislative assistant on Parliament Hill, and who is, currently, the Ottawa bureau chief for The Daily Caller, a Washington-based media outlet, writing in the National Post, about the most recent Liberal budget reminds us that we “might recall the fanfare whenContinue reading “A good question”

“This is the about the integrity of the government”

““We are treading on dangerous ground here – and I am going to issue my stern warning – because I cannot act in a manner and the prosecution cannot act in a manner that is not objective, that isn’t independent,” she says. “This is the about the integrity of the government. … This is goingContinue reading ““This is the about the integrity of the government””

More on healthy nationalism

Professor Andreas Wimmer, of Columbia University, authored the third of the Foreign Affairs series of eight essays on nationalism. Professor Wimmer says that “Nationalism has a bad reputation today. It is, in the minds of many educated Westerners, a dangerous ideology. Some acknowledge the virtues of patriotism, understood as the benign affection for one’s homeland; atContinue reading “More on healthy nationalism”

Trade wars cut both ways

I see, in the South China Morning Post that “Airbus secured a US$35 billion jet deal from China during a state visit by President Xi Jinping to the French capital, dealing a fresh blow to Boeing as it grapples with the grounding of its bestselling [737-MAX] jet … [and] … China has become the mostContinue reading “Trade wars cut both ways”

Good news

About a month ago the Angus Reid Institute published the results of a fairly small poll (n=871) which was taken after the Globe and Mail broke the SNC-Lavain/Jody Wilson-Raybould story but before her bombshell testimony to the House of Commons Justice Committee. Although the overall results … … were encouraging for the CPC, it wasContinue reading “Good news”

Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

I have commented before about nationalism, especially in the context of Justin Trudeau’s notion that Canada is a “post national state” which I see as being rooted in his father’s expedient anti-nationalism in which, I believe, he cloaked himself, starting in the late 1940s, because he knew that he had made a dreadful moral choice,Continue reading “Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada”

How low can they go?

I have no really firm opinions on the Canadian judicial appointments process, I know it is somewhat political; for example, back in 2015 Justin Trudeau said that all supreme court judges had to be bilingual … full stop, as important, apparently, as being ‘learned in the law.’ Of course, there are very, very few indigenousContinue reading “How low can they go?”

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful “constitutional convention of collective ministerialContinue reading “I am conflicted”

The politicization of terror

I did not comment on the murderous, (insane?) terrorist attack in New Zealand; everyone, it seemed to me, had said what needed to be said at least as well as I could. But, two items in the Globe and Mail caught my attention: A couple of day ago Michelle Zilio, the Globe‘s Parliamentary Affairs reporter wroteContinue reading “The politicization of terror”

One picture says it all

We are, right now, experiencing a real political crisis in Canada because the prime minister and his inner circle got all exited about the criminal case being made against one (admittedly large and important) Québec company, the CEO of which denies the prime minister’s claim that 9,000 good jobs in Québec were ever at riskContinue reading “One picture says it all”