Canada’s Election: 2021

We are just three weeks away from electing a new government in Canada. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is the most important election since the Second World War. That’s hyperbolic nonsense, of course, but it is an important vote because if Canadians decide to give the Liberal Party another few years in power thenContinue reading “Canada’s Election: 2021”

Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

Let them in

When the proposed $20 Billion merger of Shaw into Rogers was first announced, a few days ago, my initial reaction was: Rita Trichur, writing in the Globe and Mail, explains that: First, Rogers’ “friendly deal to acquire Shaw for $20.4-billion was inevitable. Their long-standing agreement to not compete in each other’s respective home turf (RogersContinue reading “Let them in”

A constitutional alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, a couple of days ago, said, “Canada’s constitutional system makes it nearly impossible to get rid of the monarchy … [it is one of those things that takes the unanimous consent of all Canadian parliaments and legislatures] … But one day it is going to be unavoidableContinue reading “A constitutional alternative”

Sad, but true

So, an old friend posted this, without further comment, on social media: I agree, and I have only one further comment: for me, that’s because of the Trudeaus, père et fils … … who reshaped the Canada built by generations under Macdonald, Laurier, Borden and St Laurent into something weak and timid that none ofContinue reading “Sad, but true”

A more fitting symbol

An old friend, another old soldier but one, unlike me, with a sense of humour said, on a social media site, that the Liberal government’s new symbol will be a condom because it more accurately reflects the government’s electoral priorities. A condom, he explained, allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects aContinue reading “A more fitting symbol”

The problem is simple enough

One of the problems facing Canadians, especially those who live in cities, is easy enough to understand: gangs, often gangs of armed young people, mostly young men and too often young aboriginal men or “people of colour,” are engaged in criminal activities and they are often at war with other gangs and they use guns,Continue reading “The problem is simple enough”

Thank you, Captain Obvious

There was a big, mostly virtual, conference on security and defence issues in Ottawa last week. As is so often the case the keynote speaker was “Captain Obvious.” In fact, though, I was a bit surprised that the Trudeau regime allowed Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas, the person in DND who is responsibleContinue reading “Thank you, Captain Obvious”