Failure after failure after failure after …

... well, you get the picture. Justin Trudeau came into office in 2015 proclaiming that Canada is Back! Of course, as recent events have shown, nothing could be further from the truth. By almost every measure Canada has fallen in wealth, power and international stature since Justin Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper at the head of … Continue reading Failure after failure after failure after …

Three Ps

John Kirk, who is a professor of Latin American studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and Stephen Kimber, a professor of journalism at the University of King's College, which is one of Canada's oldest universities (founded in 1789), have written a fairly tame critique of Canada's foreign policy for the CBC's Opinion section. They look … Continue reading Three Ps

No one is safe until we are all safe

The Nigerian political leader and economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala makes the excellent point in an article in Foreign Affairs, that "It is now abundantly clear that the world cannot fully emerge from its current state of novel coronavirus lockdown until a vaccine is found. Never before have so many lives, livelihoods, and economies depended so much … Continue reading No one is safe until we are all safe

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

It’s been embarrassing …

... to watch Prime Ministre Justin Trudeau playing the obsequious sycophant to various third-world despots as he tries to curry favour and bribe them into voting for Canada's bid to secure a worthless, powerless, temporary, second-class seat on the United Nations Security Council. He has seemed oblivious to the fact that he's bragging about Canada's … Continue reading It’s been embarrassing …

Fixing our foreign policy

Yesterday I wrote about the Alliance For Multilateralism which I believe is: Harmless, at worst; and Likely off to a shaky start because it already (see link above) includes a few (which is too many) countries which are either weak democracies or hardly democratic at all. That being said, Canada belongs in it because we … Continue reading Fixing our foreign policy

The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)

A bit more than a year ago I discussed a proposal for a G-9 which was dubbed 'The Committee to Save the World Order.' Sometime later, I discussed how such a group, I called it a G-X, might displace the G-20. Now, I see that last September, France and Germany formed just such a group: … Continue reading The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)

But that may prove impossible.

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office,  and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as... ... "the "Ostrich" school of Canadian foreign policy."  It has, he says,  two pillars: First, "Canada has no … Continue reading But that may prove impossible.

The simple answer

If you want to know why so many Euro-American thinkers actually support US President Donald J Trump's trade war tough stand against China, just look at this animated chart from the Financial Times ... ... it shows how, in just under 20 years, since 2000, just before China joined the WTO in late 2001, until … Continue reading The simple answer