Another Ooops

I see in an article by Patrick Brethour in the Globe and Mail that “Since the early days of the pandemic, the federal Liberal government has pointed to rock-bottom interest rates as a key reason why their spend-in-all-directions fiscal approach will not drive Canada into a debt wall …[and] … In the fall economic statement,Continue reading “Another Ooops”

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fullyContinue reading “It is time”

Desperation

“It will surprise no one,” the Globe and Mail‘s John Ibbitson wrote in that newspaper, “if investigations into the attack on the Capitol Building last Wednesday conclude the Proud Boys were among the main culprits.” And it will surprise even fewer (if that’s even possible) that the Liberal Party will try to use whatever toolContinue reading “Desperation”

“Unacceptably opaque” and “a lack of discipline”

Jesse Snyder, writing a few days ago in the National Post, said that “several former senior Finance officials say … [that] … the Trudeau government has been unacceptably opaque in its handling of the national purse .. [and this] … reflects deeper disagreements in Ottawa between the public service and the Liberal government’s lofty spendingContinue reading ““Unacceptably opaque” and “a lack of discipline””

Let’s get it right

Derek Burney, a long time, diplomat (Ambassador to both South Korea and the USA), former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, corporate CEO and scholar, says, in an article in the National Post, that “The combination of a flimsy fiscal update and the erratic management of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about theContinue reading “Let’s get it right”

Disappointed, not surprised

I am disappointed but not surprised at the appointment of Michael Sabia as Deputy Minister of Finance. His ideas, as enunciated in an essay he wrote fo the Globe and Mail back in March, seems wholly aligned with the wooly, silk-stocking socialist views of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. I’m disappointedContinue reading “Disappointed, not surprised”

Who is she trying to fool?

As is so often the case I find myself agreeing with the Globe and Mail‘s John Ibbitson when he says, in a recent column in that newspaper, that “Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s fall economic statement is an act of deception – or maybe self-deception … [because] … While this Liberal government promises to invest up to $100-billionContinue reading “Who is she trying to fool?”

Conservatives and the Canadian precariat

A coupe of years ago I wrote about “Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’” and I suggested, quoting others, that “social chasms defined by the concentration of wealth at the top of society and, for everyone else, by economic pessimism and stagnation; by a comfortable feeling on one end of the societal teeter-totter, and a fear on the otherContinue reading “Conservatives and the Canadian precariat”

There Is No Alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “For much of its history, Canada has been a lucky country, sharing the prosperity of its U.S. neighbour, tucked under its security umbrella, supporting a U.S.-led world order. The divided nation to our south on view during the 2020 election campaign has to make youContinue reading “There Is No Alternative”

“We are under attack”

French President Emmanuel Macron is quoted, in an article in the Globe and Mail, as saying that ““Very clearly, it’s France that has been attacked .. [and] … If we are under attack, it’s because of our values, our taste for freedom, the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief,” Mr. Macron saidContinue reading ““We are under attack””