The Ford Factor (1)

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "In the next election campaign, whenever it comes, Justin Trudeau won’t have Doug Ford to kick around any more ... [as he did] ... In last year’s federal election ... [when] ... the Liberal Leader focused as heavily on the Ontario Premier, who was then … Continue reading The Ford Factor (1)

Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

Remember that Rolling Stones hit from the 1960s: Hey, you, get off of my cloud? No? Do you mean anyone who actually remembers the '60s wasn't really there? Or is it that 'sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll sounds too much like the Team Trudeau campaign slogan? After all, legalizing pot was just about the … Continue reading Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

Is America entitled to be the leader?

Professors James Goldgeier and Bruce W Jentleson, in a provocative article in Foreign Affairs, say that despite the fact that the notion "That the United States should lead the world is often taken for granted, at least in Washington, D.C. ... [because] ... The country played that role for more than seven decades after World … Continue reading Is America entitled to be the leader?

Where are we? (4)

Matthew Fisher, who is one of Canada's (too few) journalists who writes with knowledge in insight on Defence and Foreign Policy matters, says, in an opinion piece for Global News, that "Western countries with an interest in the Far North, such as Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, the United Kingdom, France and the United States, were … Continue reading Where are we? (4)

My worst fear

Back about a decade ago the conventional political wisdom was that Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted "a two-party system, one that pitted right against left, free enterprise against socialism, Conservatives against New Democrats." I never agreed with that view ... and I was never sure that was what Prime Minister Harper actually wanted because I … Continue reading My worst fear

Sorry, but we Canadians are …

The Globe and Mail, in an editorial, says that " This space ... [editorial speak for the the views of the Globe and Mail's publisher and editors] ... has long argued that fighting the pandemic has to be “Job No. 1” for all levels of government. Keeping the number of infections from exploding is surely the way … Continue reading Sorry, but we Canadians are …

About as bad as expected

A proper Throne Speech, written by a responsible government would have said something like "Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic, my government pulled out all the stops as it tried to mitigate the impact that this once-in-a-lifetime event has on Canadian families. We have borrowed billions and billons and tens of billions of dollars ~ … Continue reading About as bad as expected

End the madness

In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, Konrad Yakabuski said, writing about the rumours being floated by Team Trudeau, regarding today's* Throne Speech, that "The suggestion that Canada can simply substitute what has been its main source of wealth-creation – oil – with an equally lucrative carbon-free one, is sheer fantasy. An energy … Continue reading End the madness

A Conservative social conscience

So, yesterday I talked about using a negative income tax as the basis for a Conservative Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) or Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. The first problem is to persuade a large contingent of so-called Conservatives that a GAI/UBI is, in fact, a very Conservative idea. Too many Conservative Party supporters are reflexively … Continue reading A Conservative social conscience