Tone deaf or desperate?

About three years ago I asked myself if the Trudeau Liberals were making rookie mistakes or were they just “tone deaf“? Now I have to ask myself if they are still just “tone deaf” or is their own polling so bad that they are desperate? The issue is the ill-conceived $600 Milion bailouts for some,Continue reading “Tone deaf or desperate?”

Conspiracy? I don’t think so.

Stephen Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, continue to harry the Trudeau regime over its dealings with big business. In this case, they report that “The federal government alerted New Brunswick’s Irving family that The Globe and Mail was seeking information from public servants about whether the family’s shipbuilding company hadContinue reading “Conspiracy? I don’t think so.”

This …

… needed saying, by Andrew Scheer: “There’s the door. You’re not welcome here:” In a speech that made it clear that a Conservative government will not appeal to Maxime Bernier’s mean and narrow vision of Canada, but will, also, close the loopholes, the ones that Justin Trudeau has ignored, that make unwelcome illegal migrants intoContinue reading “This …”

Civil War (2)

A few days ago I gave a brief history of the civil war which has bedevilled the Liberal Party of Canada for 50 years, since about 1969. It seems that it rages anew … as I suspected it might, given the fast-fading fortunes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Chantal Hébert , writing in The Star,Continue reading “Civil War (2)”


Two items caught my eye the other day: First, in The Economist, there is a nine-part special report which begins by saying that “Since China emerged from the wreckage of Maoism 40 years ago, the profit motive has become a pillar of stability in its relations with America. Presidential candidates might accuse China of stealing jobs.Continue reading “Self-destructing?”

U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He self describes as an independent; he left the Republican Party in reaction to Donald Trump but he says he is not a Democrat. HeContinue reading “U.S. leadership cannot be revived”

Little Miss-fire

I think that Elizabeth May screwed the pooch … First, she said that she could not, would not work with a government led by Andrew Scheer. She was, de facto, saying that she would support Justin Trudeau. She said, explicitly, that he should try to work with others (her Greens and the NDP) to formContinue reading “Little Miss-fire”

Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

Konrad Yakabuski, writing in the Globe and Mail over two weeks ago, said “Canadians have grown accustomed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s moments of inattention, when the words that come out of his mouth don’t quite match the occasion … [even so] … During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Ottawa visit last month, however, Mr. TrudeauContinue reading “Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?”

In a nutshell

Professor Elinor Sloan of Carleton University, whose work I have cited a few times in this blog, writes in the Globe and Mail, that the current tempest-in-a-teapot over industrial trade benefits (ITB) rules which may (or may not) make the F-35 unavailable to Canada, matter “because of the growing competition between the major powers. RussianContinue reading “In a nutshell”

A British, Bexit bombshell

I see that the Financial Times (and every other media outlet) reports that “Theresa May has announced her resignation as Conservative leader, clearing the way for a new UK prime minister to pick up the formidable challenge of delivering Brexit and reuniting a shattered party … [finally, I might add, and] … Mrs May said inContinue reading “A British, Bexit bombshell”