Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?
Rosemary Barton, CBC News' newly-minted Chief Political Correspondent visits my issue of "How bilingual?" in an Analysis (in reality and opinion piece) which could, pretty clearly, have been written by any recent Liberal prime minister's Director of Communications. (Maybe she's looking for a new job given that Kate Purchase jumped ship in late December and … Continue reading How bilingual? (2)
There is a provocative opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, by journalist, author and publisher Kenneth Whyte, who is, also, Chair of the Board of the (fairly conservative) Donner Canadian Foundation, which did not, I think, get sufficient attention. In it, he says that it’s time the Conservative Party reconsidered its unstated but very … Continue reading How bilingual?
I saw this report, from the Canadian Press, on Global News, a few days ago. It said that "Statistics Canada is reporting a jump in the number of bilingual Canadians ... [and] ... The federal agency reports Monday that in the 2016 census, 17.9 per cent of Canadians said they were able to conduct a conversation … Continue reading Not surprising
Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work
So, two things caught my eye: First, a several-month-old article in 'American Thinker' ~ which I regard as a pretty 'hard-right' news source ~ which deals, I think, reasonably fairly with the underlying issues behind the Wester/Alberta separatist movement; and Second, a very recent article on the BBC News website headlined: "Wexit: Why some Albertans … Continue reading Wexit?
... even though I found Ralph Goodale's attack on Andrew Scheer for his (2005) remarks about gay marriage to be hypocritical in the extreme, given that Mr Goodale, too, voted against legalizing gay marriage at that time, and even though I cited a newer and, in my opinion, more damaging comment by Justin Trudeau, I … Continue reading I was not going to address this issue …