"What exactly has happened to Justin Trudeau?" Charlie Mitchell ask in an article in The Independent. "In 2015, after a decade of steely Conservative rule, the scion of the powerful Trudeau family offered Canadians “sunny ways” and was rewarded with a handsome majority. Feminist, climate-conscious and outwardly pro-refugee, the 43-year-old was a hit among progressives worldwide ... [but, today, just … Continue reading Canada deserves better than the Trudeaus, père et fils
I see an article in the Toronto Star, coauthored by Zanana Akande, a former NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, Hugh Segal, a former Progressive Conservative strategist and Senator, and Greg Sorbara, a former Liberal member of the Ontario Legislature and a minister in the cabinets of David Peterson and Dalton McGuinty ... ... in … Continue reading Hmmm … (2)
... fails again. I see in a Reuters report that "China and Russia were elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, but support for Beijing dropped by more than 20 percent compared with a 2016 vote and Saudi Arabia failed in its bid to win a seat on the Geneva-based body ... … Continue reading The United Nations …
... with Michael Barrett and Pierre Poilievre when they propose to create a new parliamentary committee to investigate the WE Charity scandal. I agree that the scandal needs a thorough investigation. I would prefer a public, judicial inquiry, but that will not happen until we have a Conservative majority government. Any new committee will just be … Continue reading I disagree …
So, I came upon this backgrounder (updated in December 2019) on North Korea's military capabilities by Eleanor Albert published by the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. One key takeaway is that North Korea continues to develop its intercontinental nuclear tipped ballistic missile force. Its missiles can now reach anywhere in North America: Anyone, which, I … Continue reading Ballistic Missile Defence NOW!
After two years the Chinese government has, finally, allowed consular access to the "Two Michaels," as international conventions and good diplomatic manners require. A report in the Globe and Mail says that "Dominic Barton, ambassador to China, met over the internet with businessman Michael Spavor on Friday and [Michael] Kovrig, a former diplomat, on Saturday. … Continue reading Good news!
A couple of weeks ago some of us, Asians and those of us with family connections to Asia, celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, sometimes called the Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival. That festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar when there is a full moon at … Continue reading Thanksgiving
A social media "friend" said, recently, that the COVID-19 pandemic would define a generation of Canadians, just as the Second World War defined what one American called "the greatest generation." My reaction is: Now it's important to remember that a call to arms, to risk your life to defend freedom and so on, can be … Continue reading Hmmm …
I said, about a month ago, that "I am no fan of Donald J Trump, but to the extent that he had anything at all to do with [the recent Middle east peace deals involving Israel, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates] ... [then] ... he deserves the world’s thanks and credit for being a … Continue reading The enemy of my enemy is my friend
I was following a discussion on social media. One person said that Joe Biden is in landslide territory; another said don't count Trump out yet, Hillary Clinton was 10 to 15 points ahead a month before the 2016 election. Someone else said that the media were against Trump and someone else pointed out to the … Continue reading The great divide