It’s been embarrassing …

… to watch Prime Ministre Justin Trudeau playing the obsequious sycophant to various third-world despots as he tries to curry favour and bribe them into voting for Canada’s bid to secure a worthless, powerless, temporary, second-class seat on the United Nations Security Council. He has seemed oblivious to the fact that he’s bragging about Canada’sContinue reading “It’s been embarrassing …”

The Trump Effect (5)

I’ve been wondering about the “Trump Effect” on the defence and fiscal priorities of America’s allies for several years now, ever since he was elected, and even before. I had hoped that the Trump Effect might spur some Western laggards, like Canada and Germany and many other allies, to pick up a greater share ofContinue reading “The Trump Effect (5)”

Exactly right

The Globe and Mail gets it exactly right in an editorial published a couple of days ago: “You can forgive Canadians,” the Good Grey Globe says “for being confused … [because] … it has become the practice in this country to tread lightly when dealing with protests involving Indigenous people, even when the rule ofContinue reading “Exactly right”

Out from under rocks

I said, just a couple of days ago, that I confidently expect President Trump to be reelected in 2020 and then I expect another, albeit much more accomplished and polished Trumpian to succeed him in 2024. Then, just two days ago I cited an article published by the Gatestone Institute which is known to beContinue reading “Out from under rocks”

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he “grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrificContinue reading “Getting it all wrong”

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in ForeignContinue reading “A crisis of governance”

I’m not a lawyer …

… which is the same excuse that Gerald Butts and Michael Wernick used to excuse themselves for improperly applying political pressure on former Attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in an effort to get her to bend the rules to help Prime Ministre Trudeau help SNC-Lavalin to avoid prosecution for criminal activities … I think that’s calledContinue reading “I’m not a lawyer …”

Failing the test

The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included,Continue reading “Failing the test”