“But ’twas a famous victory …”

So, the public relations dust appears to be settling, a bit, and what now seems more or less clear is that, as the Star says, in an editorial, "The agreement reached over the weekend between the federal and B.C. governments on one side, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on the other, amounts to a series of questions … Continue reading “But ’twas a famous victory …”

Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada

I self-identify as a classical liberal: please take a quick look at my site's (longish) title just above. Liberals like me look back past the Glorious Revolution of 1688,  past Simon de Montfort's Great Parliament in 1265, even past Aristotle and Plato, the origins of liberalism might go all the way back to the original … Continue reading Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada

A milestone … marking the wrong direction

I see, in an article in the Globe and Mail, that "The federal and B.C. governments have reached a proposed arrangement with the Wet’suwet’en Nation to recognize its hereditary governance system, but a resolution to a pipeline dispute remains elusive ... [and] ... Talks between hereditary chiefs and senior government officials focused during the weekend on … Continue reading A milestone … marking the wrong direction

It’s about time

So, I see in the Globe and Mail, in a story datelined at about 5:00PM EST on 21 February, that "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for an immediate end to rail blockades, noting his government’s calls for dialogue with Indigenous protesters have been ignored and the patience of Canadians is wearing thin." A small … Continue reading It’s about time

I’m repeating this …

... with little in the way of comment because I found it very informative and enlightening. It is a 'Twitter rant' by Margareta Dovgal, who is the Policy, Research and Strategy Manager at Headwater Strategy Group in Vancouver. She began with this ... ... and then she continues: "This is a *consensus-based participatory democracy.* That … Continue reading I’m repeating this …

This will not solve anything

So, I see that another barricade was erected near Edmonton by another group claiming to stand with the unelected hereditary chiefs of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation, another judge issued another injunction, another premier said the law will be enforced, another police force hummed and hawed, but this time, according to Global News, something was different. … Continue reading This will not solve anything

I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "In the 12 days or so since the Coastal GasLink pipeline dispute blew up from a localized confrontation in the British Columbia interior to a national crisis, two schools of thought have predominated: The first holds that the protests that have blocked rail lines and … Continue reading I’m sorry to say that Andrew Coyne is wrong