“Unacceptably opaque” and “a lack of discipline”

Jesse Snyder, writing a few days ago in the National Post, said that “several former senior Finance officials say … [that] … the Trudeau government has been unacceptably opaque in its handling of the national purse .. [and this] … reflects deeper disagreements in Ottawa between the public service and the Liberal government’s lofty spending…… Continue reading “Unacceptably opaque” and “a lack of discipline”

Another good idea

About nine months ago I said that the Globe and Mail’s senior business writer and columnist Rita Trichur had a really good and, in my opinion, politically smart idea: If the government, she said, “is serious about putting people first, the solution is simple: Make the CRA do our taxes for us.“ It wouldn’t be…… Continue reading Another good idea

Disappointed, not surprised

I am disappointed but not surprised at the appointment of Michael Sabia as Deputy Minister of Finance. His ideas, as enunciated in an essay he wrote fo the Globe and Mail back in March, seems wholly aligned with the wooly, silk-stocking socialist views of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. I’m disappointed…… Continue reading Disappointed, not surprised

Conservatives and the Canadian precariat

A coupe of years ago I wrote about “Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’” and I suggested, quoting others, that “social chasms defined by the concentration of wealth at the top of society and, for everyone else, by economic pessimism and stagnation; by a comfortable feeling on one end of the societal teeter-totter, and a fear on the other…… Continue reading Conservatives and the Canadian precariat

A G-something?

I said, almost two years ago, that leaders should be considering some sort of a Committee to Save the World. It’s a fairly popular idea in many academic circles, in several think tanks, and in a few governments. Now I see, in a very recent article in Foreign Affairs,  that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson…… Continue reading A G-something?

Something really worrying

Many people are worried, right now, about the unrest that seems to be tearing the US apart and that has boiled over into Canada, too. Racism, in all its forms, is a problem here in Canada, there is no denying that. I’m an old white man ~ the devil incarnate to some youngsters ~ but…… Continue reading Something really worrying

This …

… is pretty much the consensus forecast for the Canadian economy after we reopen for business. While this …   … is the Trudeau-Morneau response. (Source: The National Post, 14 May 2020.) And, this … … is you and me and our children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren because, for years, Fiance Minister Bill Morneau…… Continue reading This …

Doing the heavy lifting

Yesterday, I talked about standing up to China, the bully and restoring confidence in Canada. Today, I want to discuss how to do that. It’s a bit disjointed, I’m afraid, because there are a lot of things wrong and fixing just one or two will not be enough. I said that Prime. Minister Justin Trudeau…… Continue reading Doing the heavy lifting

What’s a Trillion?

There is a rather embarrassing (for Liberal partisans) video floating around the Internet. It shows Finance Minister Bill Morneau doing his very best to avoid answering some fairly simple and straight forward questions put to him in the House of Commons, during a session of the Special Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic, by Conservative pit…… Continue reading What’s a Trillion?

Canada needs …

Back in October, on the day before the last federal election, in fact, I said “For the last four years, Justin Trudeau has been spending wildly and unproductively. He has put Canada in a “precarious” (weak) fiscal position. I’m afraid that it doesn’t matter what Greta Thunberg says, the climate and the planet will still be…… Continue reading Canada needs …