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 ministerial … Continue 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 wrote … Continue 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 risk … Continue reading One picture says it all

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