Parliament worked for us

There's a good article, by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in the Hill Times in which they quote Canadian parliamentary government expert, Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University who says that "despite the crisis, there still remains a place for Parliamentarians to scrutinize the government ... [and] ... the role of Parliament is laid out … Continue reading Parliament worked for us

Saving the Canadian media

Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director of the lobby group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, writing in The Star, says that "By some industry estimates, many of our major media outlets will fail within weeks. Starved of advertising revenues for years, the COVID-19 pandemic will deliver the final blow, especially for newspapers. And with the government now preparing … Continue reading Saving the Canadian media

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

Is the cure worse than the disease?

Richard Milne, the Nordic and Baltic Correspondent for the Financial Times, reports that "Jacob Wallenberg ... [the Swedish industrialist, whose family investment vehicle has controlling stakes in companies from telecoms equipment maker Ericsson to one of Europe's premier corporate banks] ... warned governments to weigh the economic threat from coronavirus more heavily or risk depression, social … Continue reading Is the cure worse than the disease?

The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation

Smoke and mirrors

So, almost two weeks ago, Bill Blair said ... and yesterday Chrystia Freeland said that all travellers, including those returning from the USA, will be forced to self-isolate. Good stuff, right? The Trudeau government is finally acting like a gang of grownups, doing what e.g. Australia and Singapore and South Korea have been doing for … Continue reading Smoke and mirrors

How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

Dr Nouriel Roubini is a world-famous economist. He is Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates. He was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US … Continue reading How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

More on the impact of the pandemic

Sticking with the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of our (shaky) liberal, global socio-economic 'order,' I saw this article in Foreign Affairs, by Professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman of George Washington University, in which they say that "The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalization … Continue reading More on the impact of the pandemic

Do what’s right

So, I see, in a report by Sean Kirkpatrick of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, and confirmed by others ... ... that "The Liberal government announced late Monday that it has agreed to change draft legislation that proposed to grant itself wide-reaching new powers to tax and spend without parliamentary approval … Continue reading Do what’s right