How to help Hong Kong

Kurt Tong is an American diplomat ~ he was the former US Consul General in Hong Kong from 2016 to 2019 ~ and businessman. He has, just recently, written an excellent article in Foreign Affairs in which he lays out what the US (and others) can and cannot do to help preserve Hong Kong's (limited) … Continue reading How to help Hong Kong

The Throne Speech

Remember just a couple of months ago? The mainstream media, in the summer and, especially during the election campaign in September,  when the Globe and Mail said "with an economy that’s generally healthier than how he found it, despite large deficits, Mr. Trudeau can still craft a message of stability and prosperity for the “middle … Continue reading The Throne Speech

Scheer’s dilemma

What did Andrew Scheer do in 2019? Well, for a start he led the Conservative Party to be the most popular party in Canada: CPC:                   6,240,000± votes / 34.34% of the popular vote; LPC:                   6,019,000± votes / 33.12% of the popular … Continue reading Scheer’s dilemma

What the CPC didn’t do (3)

In an essay in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson dissects the recent election and, not surprisingly, concludes that the Conservative party may have been its own worst enemy. He focuses on three key issues: Climate change ~ and he quotes the estimable Lisa Raitt who said that “"It’s a litmus test ... Climate change … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (3)

Damned if he does

This post, from the estimable and retired senior civil servant, diplomat and political insider (he was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff after holding a senior appointment in both provincial and the national cabinet offices) Norman Spector pretty much sums up Justin Trudeau's dilemma: I'm not going to repeat (well, not more than just this once) … Continue reading Damned if he does

Towards a sane environmental policy

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Professor Roger A Pielke Jr, who is vilified by some as being a climate change denier, but who appears to be a reputable (if controversial) and well qualified researcher suggests that energy consumption is growing at a rate that makes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by any margin at all … Continue reading Towards a sane environmental policy

Almost four years ago (2)

Following on from a couple of days ago ... Almost four years ago I said that: The next Conservative leader should have been like a long-dead Liberal ~ I was, as regular readers will know, speaking about Louis St Laurent who, if he was alive today would not, I am certain, recognize the modern Liberal … Continue reading Almost four years ago (2)