My choice

It has not exactly been an inspiring race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but then neither was the last one. Part of the perceived problem was the global pandemic but part of it was a quite unreasonable and, in fact, unreasoned, desire to have some newsworthy "fireworks." Instead, four reasonable people debated four reasonable … Continue reading My choice

Partisanship run amok

A few days ago, I said, "The sad states of repair of 24 Sussex Drive and the “cottages” at Harrington Lake are not Justin Trudeau’s fault. Generations of Canadian prime ministers have lacked the political coverage to say “fix them up … properly.” And it’s hard to blame them, a large and loud minority of Canadians hate the idea … Continue reading Partisanship run amok

Strategy vs Tactics

I have commented, very often, on grand strategy, strategy in various fields and tactics, also in many different fields. It has always seemed to me that both America and China were good at grand strategy. I think we saw two "master classes" in the 1940s, when Roosevelt, Stimson, Knox and Marshall set out the aims … Continue reading Strategy vs Tactics

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

The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper's PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party's HQ all read and take … Continue reading The Conservative problem

Not racist, just dumb

Recent comments by Conservative MP and leadership candidate Deek Sloan have caused quite a stir: Mr Sloan has tried to explain that his remarks were not based on Dr Theresa Tams' sex or race but, rather, on her actions during the COVID-19 emergency when she appeared to be too strenuous in toeing the WHO and … Continue reading Not racist, just dumb

Absolutely!

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says "The House of Commons is scheduled to return Monday. Obviously, all 338 MPs must not convene. But the time has come for regular sittings of the House, either real or virtual. Despite the COVID-19 emergency – no, because of it – we need the return of … Continue reading Absolutely!

How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

Dr Nouriel Roubini is a world-famous economist. He is Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates. He was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US … Continue reading How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

Buyer’s remorse?

I see that the Angus Reid Institute has new polling data that says that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his minority Liberal government are bearing the scars of what has been a most bruising start to a federal government’s year ... [because] ... While the first 60 days of 2019 were defined by a political scandal, … Continue reading Buyer’s remorse?