It’s time for Canada to step up

This follows on from my post, made a couple of days ago, about China's potential expansion into the Mediterranean, via a Belt and Road deal with Italy. I have been saying, for over three years, now, time after time, at that, that Canada needs to step up and share part of burden, born almost exclusively … Continue reading It’s time for Canada to step up

The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record

These are excerpts from an interview that The Honourable Jane Philpott, a former Minister of Health, Minister of Indigenous Services and President of the Treasury Board, gave to Paul Wells of MacLean's magazine: "I resigned because I could not maintain solidarity with cabinet on the specific issue of the management of the SNC-Lavalin issue. I … Continue reading The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that "The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, but … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

It was coverup day

So, last night we all saw this on the CBC News: "Liberal MPs on the Commons Justice committee say their work is done and any further examination of the SNC-Lavalin affair should be left to the conflict of interest and ethics commissioner ... [that's what] ... The five Liberals on the committee wrote to chair … Continue reading It was coverup day

They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team, specifically chief of staff, Katie Telford, Quebec adviser Mathieu Bouchard and senior adviser Elder Marques, have availed themselves of the services two outside law firms to help them cope with an investigation by the federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office … Continue reading They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy

Joyce Murray is in

So, I see that Joyce Murray has been appointed as President of the Treasury Board, this is, as the CBC says, "the third cabinet shuffle in three months for the prime minister, after a domino effect of resignations starting with former Treasury Board president Scott Brison, then Wilson-Raybould from her new posting at veterans affairs, then Philpott. … Continue reading Joyce Murray is in

Military command, control and communications

Caveat lector: First, I have been retired from the Canadian Army for longer than more than ¼ of all living Canadians have even been alive; many things have changed since I served. On the other hand I was, some may think I still am, something of an expert on the management and use of the … Continue reading Military command, control and communications

What did he say? What should he say?

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, reviews the week just past and concludes, as many other have, that the Trudeau Liberals have done themselves more harm than good, again, by voting down an opposition proposal to ask Jody Wilson-Raybould for some more details about the SNC-Lavalin affair and, especially, the aftermath, when and … Continue reading What did he say? What should he say?