Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

What the CPC didn’t do (3)

In an essay in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson dissects the recent election and, not surprisingly, concludes that the Conservative party may have been its own worst enemy. He focuses on three key issues: Climate change ~ and he quotes the estimable Lisa Raitt who said that ““It’s a litmus test … Climate changeContinue reading “What the CPC didn’t do (3)”

How to effect change

A couple of days ago I said that “Both Ms Wilson-Raybould and Dr Philpott have, for now, at least, remained in the Liberal caucus, where they I think belong … [because, back in 2015] … they signed on to the established Liberal programme, they campaigned as Liberals, they were, both, leaders within that great party andContinue reading “How to effect change”

Put principles first

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: In the first, Gary Mason asks “Does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government really dislike Alberta and the West or is this just a convenient narrative, peddled by conservative politicians who have nothing but their own self-interest in mind?” He goes on to discuss theContinue reading “Put principles first”

Post-Liberalism: Trost, Trudeau and Trump?

First this is a bit of a circuitous post, and, second I may be marching confidently into a space where even the bravest angels fear to tread, but an article in Foreign Affairs by Dr Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institute caught my eye. It was the headline that intrigued me: “Post-Liberalism, East and WestContinue reading “Post-Liberalism: Trost, Trudeau and Trump?”

Have Conservatives lost the plot?

I see in a report in the Huffington Post (which, by the way, I do NOT regard as a highly reliable source) that “The Indian High Commission says a story being used by Conservatives to attack the federal government over the Jaspal Atwal affair is false … [and] … International media reports claimed a bilateral meetingContinue reading “Have Conservatives lost the plot?”

2019 (7): Demons and “Veto Voters”

John Ibbitson, always an astute observer of Canadian politics, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is vulnerable. The idol of progressives around the world has been tripped up at home through a series of missteps that have combined to forge a new narrative: Out-of-touch Liberal elites vacation on exotic islandsContinue reading “2019 (7): Demons and “Veto Voters””

Dangerous divisions

There is an interesting review-essay in Foreign Affairs about the rise of Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS led violence in Europe and, above all, in France. The author, Professor Jytte Klausen, reviews a recent French book, Terror in France, by Gilles Kepel; she says that “Kepel argues that France is particularly susceptible to online jihadist propaganda because of a breakdown of allegianceContinue reading “Dangerous divisions”

Jumping ship?

Is Brad Trost getting ready to jump ship? The failed CPC leadership candidate ~ he finished a credible 4th ~ who was, conspicuously, left out of the Conservative shadow cabinet, has now taken the Conservative Party of Canada to court, asking, the linked article says, “an Ontario court to compel the party to return theContinue reading “Jumping ship?”

Lessons about ideology and voters

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Partly out of genuine concern, partly out of sheer devilment, supporters of Maxime Bernier stirred up trouble for new Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer over the past week. But the rebellion fizzled, in part because of a funny line … [because] … In the midst ofContinue reading “Lessons about ideology and voters”