Relationships

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, whose insights into China have caused me to comment before, writes, in an article in Foreign Affairs, that  "despite the best efforts of ideological warriors in Beijing and Washington, the uncomfortable truth is that China and the United States are both likely to emerge from this [global pandemic] crisis … Continue reading Relationships

Only the terminally stupid

Andrew Coyne is exactly right in this clip, at about 2'15", from 'The National's' 'At Issue' panel, when he says that the government is spending tens of billions of dollars and no one is holding them to account. The COVID-19 pandemic is meaningless, low rent trivia. In June of 1215, that's just over eight hundred … Continue reading Only the terminally stupid

China is a bully

"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully

This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. … Continue reading This will not solve anything

I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "In the 12 days or so since the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute blew up from a localized confrontation in the British Columbia interior to a national crisis, two schools of thought have predominated: The first holds that the protests that have blocked rail lines and … Continue reading I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong

Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

One commentator on social media dubbed this ... ... the moment when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the Trudeau regime plans to license news websites as a 'Boston Tea Pary moment.' She was referring to the protest, in December of 1773, when angry American colonists (many dressed as Native Americans to try and hide … Continue reading Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work

Endlessly fascinated

We, the whole world, I suppose, remain endlessly fascinated with US President Donald J Trump. In a column in the National Post, Andrew Coyne takes another look at him, based on the recent Helsinki fiasco. President Trump, he says "has survived other such episodes, and will probably survive this one. The Republican Senators lining up … Continue reading Endlessly fascinated

Not so simple?

Yesterday, I said that the Conservative approach to securing our border is the "simple solution" that Canada should follow. Today, in an article in the National Post, Andrew Coyne says that it's not that simple, at all. He makes the very valid point that everything about Canada, beginning with its very existence as a sovereign … Continue reading Not so simple?

Dark clouds obscure sunny ways

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Davos, as I write, telling the great and the good that Canada is a wonderful place to do business, but Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, offers a darker and more sobering view of Canada's economy. He acknowledges that the immediate situation, in the opening weeks of 2018, … Continue reading Dark clouds obscure sunny ways