Canada needs …

Back in October, on the day before the last federal election, in fact, I said “For the last four years, Justin Trudeau has been spending wildly and unproductively. He has put Canada in a “precarious” (weak) fiscal position. I’m afraid that it doesn’t matter what Greta Thunberg says, the climate and the planet will still beContinue reading “Canada needs …”

Lies, damned lies and statistics

There is an excellent article in The Tyee, by Andrew Nikiforuk, in which he says that “The world is now paying a frightful price for a historical accident. It is this: a highly disruptive and novel virus happened to emerge first in China, a high-tech surveillance state that, despite the experience of SARS, remains allergicContinue reading “Lies, damned lies and statistics”

Really?

I have written twice, recently, about why Canada and the USA should work together to achieve a substantial measure of continental self-sufficiency. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that the existing global supply chains need to be re-evaluated for broader strategic goals ~ not just national security and military aspects, including e.g. the 5G networks,Continue reading “Really?”

Saving the Canadian media

Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director of the lobby group Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, writing in The Star, says that “By some industry estimates, many of our major media outlets will fail within weeks. Starved of advertising revenues for years, the COVID-19 pandemic will deliver the final blow, especially for newspapers. And with the government now preparingContinue reading “Saving the Canadian media”

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown “has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic … [and] … The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international effortsContinue reading “Exactly back-asswards”

Is the cure worse than the disease?

Richard Milne, the Nordic and Baltic Correspondent for the Financial Times, reports that “Jacob Wallenberg … [the Swedish industrialist, whose family investment vehicle has controlling stakes in companies from telecoms equipment maker Ericsson to one of Europe’s premier corporate banks] … warned governments to weigh the economic threat from coronavirus more heavily or risk depression, socialContinue reading “Is the cure worse than the disease?”

The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, “borders are now returning with a vengeance,” and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. “When the pandemic passes,Continue reading “The return of the nation”

More on the impact of the pandemic

Sticking with the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic and the future of our (shaky) liberal, global socio-economic ‘order,’ I saw this article in Foreign Affairs, by Professors Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman of George Washington University, in which they say that “The new coronavirus is shaping up to be an enormous stress test for globalizationContinue reading “More on the impact of the pandemic”

A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that “As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirusContinue reading “A fundamental shift?”

The smart path

About a week ago, before the COVID-19 virus dominated every discussion, The Spectator said that “Not long ago, Brexit used to dominate every debate. Now, it’s climate change. Political discussions can’t take place these days without some reference to the Government’s big mission: the legally-binding commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Britain wasContinue reading “The smart path”