Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

So, I saw this on social media: According to the Guardian, a reputable albeit somewhat progressive journal, "The [Australian] freight rail operator Aurizon has launched legal action against five environmental activists and is seeking $375,000 in compensation for a series of recent protests that stopped coal trains ... [and] ... Aurizon lodged a statement of claim … Continue reading Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Derek Burney, who, over a long and distinguished career, has been a diplomat, political strategist, business executive and teacher, too, writes, in the National Post, that "It is times like this when Lucien Bouchard’s claim that “Canada is not a real country” has an eerie ring of truth. Protesters of many stripes have the upper … Continue reading Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Exactly right

The Globe and Mail gets it exactly right in an editorial published a couple of days ago: "You can forgive Canadians," the Good Grey Globe says "for being confused ... [because] ... it has become the practice in this country to tread lightly when dealing with protests involving Indigenous people, even when the rule of … Continue reading Exactly right

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he "grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrific … Continue reading Getting it all wrong

How to lose the next election

Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will be … Continue reading How to lose the next election

Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?

A few days ago one of my interlocutors asked, in response to one of my posts: "Is it realistic to dispute that under the current ‘first past the post’ electoral system in Canada the country is governed / controlled by the population centre in the ‘Windsor to Quebec City’ corridor? Even today the current minority … Continue reading Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?

The correct order of things

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "the provinces run this country. The political elites in Ottawa find this intolerable. But that doesn’t make it any less true." He said that "The know-it-alls will sigh with boredom. Once again, those whiny premiers demand that Ottawa shovel more tax dollars to them with … Continue reading The correct order of things