Just a little leadership might go a long way right now

As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau flees Canada heads off on another foreign trip which, we, Canadians, must all hope, will be less contentious than China and India, the media is seized with a different issue: the struggle between Alberta and BC and BC and the federal government over Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain Pipeline expansion. In an opinion …

The Good, Grey Globe gets it …

… in an editorial, the Globe and Mail says that “Kinder Morgan’s announcement that it is suspending all non-essential spending on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline is nothing short of an economic and constitutional disaster for Canada … [because] … It was and still is critically important that this pipeline expansion go forward, and …

Lies, broken promises and foreign influence

I happen to think that Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, environmentalist and broadcaster David Suzuki and former Ottawa mandarin Harry Swain are all all wrong on the issues of pipelines, Site C and LNG ports, but I think they are all all right on one issue: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau …

You know things are bad when …

… even the prime minister’s former (first) foreign policy advisor says that ““We can’t afford to continue these unforced errors, because there are real costs to relationships and to Canada’s credibility.”” Writing in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson, who is often critical of the Trudeau Liberals, recounts his conversation with Professor Roland Paris of …

2019 (6): We need a new CCF (Constructive, cooperative federalism)

First: an apology: this post is a bit long and it covers a lot of ground and it is not, almost certainly, as well organized as it could be … I thought of making it two or three or even four posts, but I believe there is a (coherent, I hope) thread that runs through …

Trudeau on Energy East

Malcolm Mayes, drawing in the Edmonton Journal, seems to have saved me a (several?) thousand words on Trudeau versus the energy sector … … remember, please, that Justin is never wrong and never breaks promises, whenever things go awry it is always someone else’s fault.

Closing a loophole in Canada’s election laws

The Globe and Mail, in a timely and wise editorial, suggests that our election system has a major loophole that needs to be closed. The Globe’s editorial board explains that “Conservative MP Michael Cooper, the party’s deputy justice critic, has sent a letter to Yves Côté, the commissioner of Canada Elections, asking him to investigate …

Reuniting the right in Alberta … and staying out of the dark, smoke filled back rooms

Some years ago the long governing, some would say tired Progressive Conservatives in Alberta were shattered when many members defected to the Alberta Alliance Party and the then (in 2008) unregistered Wildrose Party of Alberta. When Danielle Smith took over the new party she led them, almost, to the brink of power. But, as the late, …

Free advice on free(er) trade

There is an excellent article in The Telegraph by Stephen Harper ~ yes, that Stephen Harper, our Stephen Harper ~ in which he advises our British friends on how to approach free(er) trade in the wake of the Brexit. In it, Prime Minister Harper says to the folks in the United Kingdom that “As you embark on the …

Tidbits

So, sort of an interesting day, yesterday full of events, some more consequential than others … Globally: The FBI found that Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is, at the very best, stupidly careless with national security issues and, most likely, chronically dishonest, but … she’s too big (or rich or well connected) to jail. But, …