Wexit worries

There is a frightening column by Danielle Smith in the Calgary Herald which suggests that the prospect of a Wexit, about which I have commented, at least a couple of times, before, is on the rise. I remain, personally, committed to the notion that Canada, from sea-t0-sea-to-sea, is better, in the 21st century, than is…… Continue reading Wexit worries

Pipelines, anyone?

With apologies to Charles Dickens: ‘Keystone XL was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Biden signed it: and Biden’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.…… Continue reading Pipelines, anyone?

Grasping at straws

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, is, I think, quite right when he says that “The Keystone XL pipeline project is dead. Right up to Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was saying he’d continue to make the case for it, but that was whistling past the graveyard. Now it’s a question of picking…… Continue reading Grasping at straws

It is time (2)

Yesterday, I said that despite his many and manifest failures as a leader and as a person, Canadians remain likely to vote for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party because: They are, broadly and generally, satisfied with the way he has tried to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic ~ mainly by by spending lots…… Continue reading It is time (2)

Another warning

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail a couple of days ago, said: “Last week’s Throne Speech mentioned Alberta once, when Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government promised to help the province’s workers adjust “to meet a net zero future” of carbon emissions. That document could be remembered in history as one of the many acts…… Continue reading Another warning

Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

Remember that Rolling Stones hit from the 1960s: Hey, you, get off of my cloud? No? Do you mean anyone who actually remembers the ’60s wasn’t really there? Or is it that ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll sounds too much like the Team Trudeau campaign slogan? After all, legalizing pot was just about the…… Continue reading Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*

Journalist and sometimes politician Stephen Taylor, writing in the National Post, says, and I agree with him, fully, that “The existence of the Wexit movement is a national tragedy … [because] … The Wexit movement is the latest uproar of Canadian regional populism. Canada’s bifurcation of haves and have-nots, contented and aggrieved, elites and non-elites…… Continue reading What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*

The Argentina of the North

Almost three weeks ago, I quoted Professor Jack Mintz who said “Creditors eventually will want Canadian governments to have sustainable fiscal plans. If not, they will downgrade our debt, leading to higher interest rates. This has already happened to Alberta, which has the lowest debt-to-GDP ratio of all the provinces but also the second highest…… Continue reading The Argentina of the North

Just a (provincial) thought

A week and a bit ago I speculated a bit about what I think might be the “new normal” as we reopen our economy after the novel-coronavirus pandemic. I suggested “the alcohol retail business will also change. If people can get a new computer or a pair of shoes online, delivered to their door in…… Continue reading Just a (provincial) thought

This is so wrong

I see, in a CTV News story, that: “With the price of Canadian crude at or near historic lows, Irving Oil has plans to tap into that supply for the Saint John refinery, but some eyebrows have been raised over how they plan to bring the crude to New Brunswick …[because, while] … For years, rail…… Continue reading This is so wrong