A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Daniel Drezner is a professor of international politics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and also a nonresident senior fellow at the Project on International Order and Strategy at the Brookings Institution. He self describes as an independent; he left the Republican Party in reaction to Donald Trump but he says he is not a Democrat. He … Continue reading U.S. leadership cannot be revived

Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

Konrad Yakabuski, writing in the Globe and Mail over two weeks ago, said "Canadians have grown accustomed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s moments of inattention, when the words that come out of his mouth don’t quite match the occasion ... [even so] ... During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Ottawa visit last month, however, Mr. Trudeau … Continue reading Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

In a nutshell

Professor Elinor Sloan of Carleton University, whose work I have cited a few times in this blog, writes in the Globe and Mail, that the current tempest-in-a-teapot over industrial trade benefits (ITB) rules which may (or may not) make the F-35 unavailable to Canada, matter "because of the growing competition between the major powers. Russian … Continue reading In a nutshell

Canada is still excluded

Back in 2018, the Canadian International Council noted that "While multiple Canadian governments have asserted it is in our national interest to be active in the Asia Pacific, Canada’s recent military and security record shows a lacklustre—and even dwindling—presence ... [and] ... Beyond a few “enhanced engagement” documents and Canada’s so-called “Year of the Asia Pacific” … Continue reading Canada is still excluded

Immigration policy (3) and politics

Tasha Kheiriddin who is a pretty reliably conservative broadcaster and commentator has issued a stark warning, in an opinion piece for Global News, in which she says that "While carbon taxes and pipelines are predicted to top the political agenda, an ugly undercurrent threatens to drag the debate to dangerous places ... [and] ... In a … Continue reading Immigration policy (3) and politics

Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives

Yesterday the Globe and Mail published a lengthy analysis of social media content by freelance journalists Shannon Carranco and Jon Milton. they assert that Canadian far right (AltRight) extremists "come from all walks of life: tradesmen, soldiers, a student teacher, a financial analyst, an aspiring lawyer, among others .. [and] ... they are in every … Continue reading Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives