Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to declineContinue reading “Not so fast”

It’s not funny …

I was really not laughing when I saw, a few days ago, on Fox News (but it was the same story everywhere) that “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told the Austin American Statesman that roughly 12,000 megawatts of Texas’ wind generation capacity had been hampered as of Sunday due to frozen wind turbines.” I’ve spent aContinue reading “It’s not funny …”

Wayne Easter is right

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, tell us that “Liberal MP Wayne Easter …[Malpeque, PEI] … who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien … and was, therefore, the minister] … in charge of Canada’s security agencies … [which means he might actually recognize threats to national security] … toldContinue reading “Wayne Easter is right”

Remember Daniel Jean?

Daniel Jean is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His biography, on the uOttawa website, tells us that “Daniel Jean served as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2016-18). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016) and DeputyContinue reading “Remember Daniel Jean?”

It is time for a change

Many decades ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, I was, for a while, a student at the Staff College where the Canadian Forces tried, with some success, to turn middle ranked officers into potential admiral and generals. We studied, amongst other things, the “national security environment.” (I think that’s how the academics, somewhat pretentiously,Continue reading “It is time for a change”

To go or not to go?

So, I see, in Le Devoir that “A new factor is likely to complicate the electoral thinking of federal parties. The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, warns, in an interview with Le Devoir, that he will not submit his much-awaited report on Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the WE Charity affair in theContinue reading “To go or not to go?”

Remember CD Howe?

Not many people, unless you’re my age or older, remember when CD Howe was in the news almost every day, even on the cover of Time magazine. Canada was on the move, Canada had emerged from the Second World War and from Korea as a leading middle power and we were growing by leaps andContinue reading “Remember CD Howe?”

I am hopeful …

… that Erin O’Tool’s recent shuffle of his shadow cabinet which sees Pierre Poilievre moved to be the critic for Jobs and Industry a “portfolio” which does not exist in the Trudeau cabinet signals two things: A laser-like focus on working and middle-class Canadians ~ the ones, especially, in the suburbs and smaller communities inContinue reading “I am hopeful …”

Something is rotten …

… in the state of Canada. (Apologies to the bard.) I see in the Globe and Mail that “The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests … [and] … The National Sciences andContinue reading “Something is rotten …”