Remember this?

Now, generally, I believe that governments have a duty to keep certain SECRET information under lock and key … neither you nor I nor a “public interest researcher” has a right to know the details of, for example, the frequency hop set of an air search radar on our new Canadian Surface Combatant warships. But,Continue reading “Remember this?”

Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives

Yesterday the Globe and Mail published a lengthy analysis of social media content by freelance journalists Shannon Carranco and Jon Milton. they assert that Canadian far right (AltRight) extremists “come from all walks of life: tradesmen, soldiers, a student teacher, a financial analyst, an aspiring lawyer, among others .. [and] … they are in everyContinue reading “Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives”

Dealing with the new China

Two articles in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, almost two weeks ago, Paul Chapin, who was a Canadian diplomat for more than 25 years and whose foreign postings included Moscow and Washington and who also served as head of the Soviet section at Foreign Affairs and director-general for international security, writes thatContinue reading “Dealing with the new China”


The Globe and Mail, in an editorial, datelined 2 Apr 19, almost a month ago, said “Handguns are designed to be concealable and deadly. They are semi-automatics; shooters can fire a round with each pull of the trigger without having to manually recock their weapon. They can be legally purchased in Canada with a nine-roundContinue reading “Nonsense”

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain ‘on station‘ near a potential troublespot or a strategic ‘choke point‘ for protracted periods, andContinue reading “Power Projection”

Et tu Freeland?

Back in the autumn of 2018, Gerry Nichols, writing in the Hill TImes, opined that the 2023 election would be more interesting than the 2019 version because, by then, Chrystia Freeland would be leading the Liberal Party. In January of this year, before the Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould crisis, an opinion piece in Carleton University‘s weekly newspaper notedContinue reading “Et tu Freeland?”

The ‘Good Grey Globe’ gets it; so should the CPC

The Globe and Mail, in a recent editorial, published on 14 Apr 19, says “Canada needs immigrants. Canada needs secure borders. These may sound like contradictory claims; they are not. They go hand-in-hand.” Bingo! The Globe and Mail editorial writers explain that “Over the past couple of weeks, the Trudeau Liberals have abruptly woken upContinue reading “The ‘Good Grey Globe’ gets it; so should the CPC”

Some good news: a self-inflicted wound

Global News has developed a seat projection by blending the results of polls done by “Nanos, Forum, Angus Reid, Leger and Mainstreet conducted between mid-March and mid-April … [and they say] … Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is likely to win — but not by a majority … [the polls represent] … over 15,000 individual interviews,Continue reading “Some good news: a self-inflicted wound”

The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, in an article datelined 15 Apr 19, says that “The politically charged competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of fighter jets will rocket forward at the end of May as the federal government releases a long-anticipated, full-fledged tender call … [and, he reminds us] … There are four companies in theContinue reading “The new fighter jet competition is ready for takeoff”

Did the PMO break down, or is it a leadership problem?

There is an interesting and quite lengthy article, datelined 20 Apr 19, by Daniel Leblanc and Adam Radwanski in the Globe and Mail in which they say that “The cracks were already showing when the powerful backroom duo at the heart of Justin Trudeau’s government … [Gerald Butts and Katie Telford] … dined at the ChâteauContinue reading “Did the PMO break down, or is it a leadership problem?”