It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fullyContinue reading “It is time”

Not inconsistent

I wrote, just yesterday, that, in my opinion, real Conservatives are free traders. Protectionists like Donald Trump, are not conservatives, at all … they are horses of other colours entirely. But earlier I wrote, somewhat approvingly, of President Trump’s notion of America being self-sufficient. His views, I suggested, marked a fundamental shift away from ourContinue reading “Not inconsistent”

Self-sufficiency

The National Post, in an editorial-like, unsigned, “National Post View“ says that “The global pandemic is forcing Canadians to consider, for the first time in generations, how precarious our standard of living has become. International trade has contributed greatly to our prosperity. Canadian resources, innovations and services are valued the world over — when itContinue reading “Self-sufficiency”

CANZUK, again

CANZUK is an idea that has been floating around for a while now … I started talking about it some 3½ years ago when I read an article by Dr Andrew Lilico in the Financial Post. His idea was, and remains, simple: The British, he said, voted to leave the EU because they “did notContinue reading “CANZUK, again”

Canada and China

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye just the other day: First, Campbell Clark says that “Dominic Barton is the catch that Justin Trudeau wanted to get last time. Now he’s going to China after times have changed … [because] … Two Canadians are in Chinese jails, and Beijing’s official mouthpieces regularly fire derisiveContinue reading “Canada and China”

What Canada needs

Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. “On Oct. 21, voters will chooseContinue reading “What Canada needs”

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that “Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of theContinue reading “Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?”

A warning and a challenge

Liberal heavy-weight Scott Reid, in an article in the Globe and Mail that has been widely linked to and commented upon on social media, says that, as a result of the Jane Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson- Raybould affair, “Mr. Trudeau has been remade into a mere mortal, a regular old politician – as someone concerned with theContinue reading “A warning and a challenge”

One picture says it all

We are, right now, experiencing a real political crisis in Canada because the prime minister and his inner circle got all exited about the criminal case being made against one (admittedly large and important) Québec company, the CEO of which denies the prime minister’s claim that 9,000 good jobs in Québec were ever at riskContinue reading “One picture says it all”

It appears that we have a deal …

So, according to reports in the Globe and Mail and the Financial Times. The NAFTA is, the FT says that “The new trilateral pact is to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” (USMCA) according to “officials from the US and Canada.“ The Globe and Mail reports that “President Donald Trump signed off on the agreementContinue reading “It appears that we have a deal …”