“The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

There is, it seems to me, a concerted effort to bring the case of the "Two Michals," Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians being detained in China as an act of hostage diplomacy in a larger contest between China and the US-led West, back into the public eye. This, for example, is the (online) … Continue reading “The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

Does anyone remember? Does anyone care?

Does anyone remember when, back in February, I commented on a story by Daniel Leblanc in the Globe and Mail, in which he exposed another instance of the Liberals putting their thumb on the scale by trying to rig judicial appointments? I said, then, that Daniel Leblanc explained "the political manoeuvrings of former Minister Jim … Continue reading Does anyone remember? Does anyone care?

Parliament worked for us

There's a good article, by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in the Hill Times in which they quote Canadian parliamentary government expert, Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University who says that "despite the crisis, there still remains a place for Parliamentarians to scrutinize the government ... [and] ... the role of Parliament is laid out … Continue reading Parliament worked for us

Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that "Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance." Not much has changed, has it? He also said that … Continue reading Is Canada broken?

Thumb on the scales (2)

Back about six months ago I accused the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals of having their figurative thumb on the scales of electoral politics as ministers crisscrossed the country in the pre-writ period, making spending announcements with great fanfare, when government departments and political parties are forbidden to advertise. Now I see, in an article in the Globe … Continue reading Thumb on the scales (2)

Collisions

Colin Freeze, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "For the first time in Canada, the federal attorney-general has overridden a judge’s order to release documents that the government considers to be national-security secrets ... [specifically] ... Attorney-General David Lametti signed a secrecy certificate to prevent details about a Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation … Continue reading Collisions