It is time (4)

I’m going to the bottom of the list I posted a few days ago to deal with “Foreign and defence policy and the compelling need ~ see What Canada needs from a couple of day ago ~ to face a dangerous world with confidence, including, especially how to deal with China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, but …

Being Conservatively green

Two images caught my eye in the past few weeks: First was this ↑ ~ wind turbine blades being stored in a sort of landfill because they cannot be recycled. There was a similar image of solar panels which, likewise, cannot be recycled. Each has a real, not terribly long, service life. Each creates real …

Another good idea

About nine months ago I said that the Globe and Mail’s senior business writer and columnist Rita Trichur had a really good and, in my opinion, politically smart idea: If the government, she said, “is serious about putting people first, the solution is simple: Make the CRA do our taxes for us.“ It wouldn’t be …

Saving the Canadian media (2)

So, a bit before Christmas I saw this on social media: W. Jeffrey Brown is the founder of Fourth Estate which proclaims that its role is “To contribute to a healthy society by fostering, supporting and incubating a sustainable and vibrant free press.” The word sustainable caught my eye. Traditionally, since the 18th century, the …

This …

… from Brian Gable in the Globe and Mail, describes both brilliantly and succinctly what I fear is the effect of the lockdowns in Canada. I believe, as do many, many top-flight economists and government agencies, that small businesses are both the engine and backbone of a successful economy. Some small businesses grow into medium …

About the Great Reset

OK, first, The Great Reset is NOT some kooky conspiracy theory … no matter what fruitcakes like Glen Beck and the people behind QAnon might think. The Great Reset is a real plan by a real organization, the World Economic Forum ~ you know those people, including the rich and famous and world political leaders, …

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large in …

Cultural madness

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Justin Trudeau and Steven Guilbeault want to further regulate the broadcasting services in Canada. Their goals seem to be, in part, a cash grab ~ online streaming services, like Netflix, are offering Canadians, for a price, what they want, while the CBC offers Canadians, thanks to a …

Boring, but vital

There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur’s idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says that …

Not inconsistent

I wrote, just yesterday, that, in my opinion, real Conservatives are free traders. Protectionists like Donald Trump, are not conservatives, at all … they are horses of other colours entirely. But earlier I wrote, somewhat approvingly, of President Trump’s notion of America being self-sufficient. His views, I suggested, marked a fundamental shift away from our …