European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?
"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully
So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau's government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, "Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate for … Continue reading A big idea
Following on from yesterday, I see an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Dr Eric Hoskins, a physician and the former Health Minister of Ontario, who says that "Here’s the COVID-19-related question I am asked most: “When will life get back to normal?” There is no definitive answer, unfortunately. But there are important, … Continue reading It’s time to plan the next step
That's the question the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urbach asked in an opinion piece last week. The issue is Québec's Loi 21 ~ the bill that forbids public employees, like teachers and police officers from wearing a hijab or a kippah or a turban ~ it's an act which Ms Urbach describes as being "an … Continue reading Will Ottawa ever do the right thing?
A couple of days ago I suggested that "If the Trudeau regime has half the brains the gods gave to green peppers they will cede, at a below-market value price, 51% of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to a consortium of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan First Nations and then use every legal means available to push that … Continue reading Just do it
A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)
I have gone on, over and over again, about politicians, especially those in the Liberal Party of Canada, selling the sizzle and not providing any steak. Confucius, as usual, said it better: We need more "superior" men and women on Parliament Hill, in Queen's park and other provincial legislatures, and in town and city halls, … Continue reading A message for all Canadians
Some years ago the long governing, some would say tired Progressive Conservatives in Alberta were shattered when many members defected to the Alberta Alliance Party and the then (in 2008) unregistered Wildrose Party of Alberta. When Danielle Smith took over the new party she led them, almost, to the brink of power. But, as the late, … Continue reading Reuniting the right in Alberta … and staying out of the dark, smoke filled back rooms
A few weeks ago I quoted Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte when he talked about the "wrong kind of populism." Now I see a book review, in The Times about David Goodhart's new book which is reputed to be a thoughtful, well reasoned and moderate analysis of the populism sweeping Britain, Europe and the world today: The Road to Somewhere: The … Continue reading Decent populism