A bit of fallout from the UK election (1): Mary Ng

It seems to me that Canadians need to take a lot more interest in this lady ⇐ Mary Ng. Ms Ng is Justin Trudeau's newly minted Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade. (It's a bit of an upgrade for her, she was, previously, the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion. Jim … Continue reading A bit of fallout from the UK election (1): Mary Ng

The Throne Speech

Remember just a couple of months ago? The mainstream media, in the summer and, especially during the election campaign in September,  when the Globe and Mail said "with an economy that’s generally healthier than how he found it, despite large deficits, Mr. Trudeau can still craft a message of stability and prosperity for the “middle … Continue reading The Throne Speech

A risk worth taking

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that "China’s new envoy to Canada warned that Beijing will launch tough countermeasures against Canada should Parliament act on a planned Senate motion calling for sanctions against Chinese leaders." This seems to be the normal reaction for Ambassador Cong Peiwu who is a career diplomat who has specialized … Continue reading A risk worth taking

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

Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy

Zi-Ann Lum, writing in the Huffington Post, quotes former Canadian Security Intelligence Service chief (and also former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of National Defence) Dick Fadden who said that "recent Conservative and Liberal governments have “failed abominably” on foreign policy work with China." … Continue reading Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy

Immigration, again

Sticking with how Canada is similar to Australia, I make no secret of the fact that I favour much increased legal, well-regulated immigration for Canada. I find much that makes good sense in the view of the Century Initiative which aims to grow Canada to 100 million people by the year 2100. Not everyone agrees, … Continue reading Immigration, again

Canadian pipelines vs. Chinese coal

There is an important article in The Guardian which says that "China’s growing appetite for new coal-fired power stations has outstripped plant closures in the rest of the world since the start of last year, data shows ... [and] ... Elsewhere countries reduced their capacity by 8GW in the 18 months to June because old plants were retired … Continue reading Canadian pipelines vs. Chinese coal