Just the beginning

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “This wasn’t the end of snap-election dramas. It was the beginning.” “We have,” he says “just entered the period of minority-Parliament power games that can end in an election campaign. That means the odds are that there will be a federal vote in months, rather […]

An Election? Why?

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Marieke Walsh and Paul Waldie report that “The Liberals are threatening opposition parties with an election if the Conservatives move ahead Tuesday with their attempt to create a special “anti-corruption” committee in the House of Commons.” Well, Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives did that very thing today, […]

About as bad as expected

A proper Throne Speech, written by a responsible government would have said something like “Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic, my government pulled out all the stops as it tried to mitigate the impact that this once-in-a-lifetime event has on Canadian families. We have borrowed billions and billons and tens of billions of dollars ~ […]

The cracks are beginning to show

John Ivison, writing in the National Post, says that all indications are that the “Liberal Party … [will be] .. shifting leftward at speed in this month’s throne speech.” He quotes one senior bureaucrat as describing “the expensive schedule of social programs coming down as a “structural change in the way government in this country […]

Why does this not surprise me?

This article in the National Post just caused me (and many of my friends and former colleagues with, in total, centuries of experience in National Defence Headquarters)  to shrug. You might have looked for at least an eye-roll, but, no, all it rated was a shrug. What didn’t surprise anyone? Well, according to the Canadian […]

Something really worrying

Many people are worried, right now, about the unrest that seems to be tearing the US apart and that has boiled over into Canada, too. Racism, in all its forms, is a problem here in Canada, there is no denying that. I’m an old white man ~ the devil incarnate to some youngsters ~ but […]

A question for Prime Minister Trudeau

It’s a simple enough question, Sir. Are the people of Hong Kong not worthy of their freedom? Is there something fundamentally wrong with them? Is there some reason that you have not joined hands with US President Trump and condemned China’s actions in destroying the “one country, two systems” regime that was supposed to protect […]

One old person’s thoughts about caring for old people

I’m not shocked at what military medics found in some long term care facilities. Saddened, but not shocked. Anecdote: I was in a conversation, a few years ago, about PTSD. One fellow said something that stuck with me. ‘It wasn’t,’ he said, ‘the fighting or the killing that got to me. My training prepared me […]