The Constitution

There is, from about two weeks ago, a very interesting article, in the Globe and Mail, by Professor Richard Albert who is the William Stamps Farish Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, a former law clerk for chief justice Beverley McLachlin, and the author of Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions. Professor … Continue reading The Constitution

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould on the record

A few days ago, in his regular "last word" segment, Don Martin, of CTV News, said that "And so, undoubtedly to the relief of a scandal-fatigued public outside of the parliamentary bubble, the SNC-Lavalin saga approaches the end of its two-month, non-stop news cycle ... [because] ... With the leaks, hearings, firings, aftershock scrums, more leaks … Continue reading The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould on the record

Leaders give, they do not take

In the earliest days of the blog I said that we should look to Louis St Laurent, a mid 20th century Liberal, as a model for modern Conservative political leaders. My point was that the Liberal Party that St Laurent led, in the 1950s, was fiscally prudent, healthily nationalistic, socially moderate, mildly, progressive, committed to national … Continue reading Leaders give, they do not take

More on healthy nationalism

Professor Andreas Wimmer, of Columbia University, authored the third of the Foreign Affairs series of eight essays on nationalism. Professor Wimmer says that "Nationalism has a bad reputation today. It is, in the minds of many educated Westerners, a dangerous ideology. Some acknowledge the virtues of patriotism, understood as the benign affection for one’s homeland; at … Continue reading More on healthy nationalism

Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

I have commented before about nationalism, especially in the context of Justin Trudeau's notion that Canada is a "post national state" which I see as being rooted in his father's expedient anti-nationalism in which, I believe, he cloaked himself, starting in the late 1940s, because he knew that he had made a dreadful moral choice, … Continue reading Nationalism, cosmopolitanism, Pierre Trudeau and Canada

How low can they go?

I have no really firm opinions on the Canadian judicial appointments process, I know it is somewhat political; for example, back in 2015 Justin Trudeau said that all supreme court judges had to be bilingual ... full stop, as important, apparently, as being 'learned in the law.' Of course, there are very, very few indigenous … Continue reading How low can they go?

Welcome to Australia

About a week ago I said that "we know that if we lived in Australia or even staid old Britain that, after this, the prime minister would likely be forced out of office," due to the ongoing Jody Wilson-Raybould ~ SNC-Lavalin ~ Jane Philpott and, now, Michael Wernick ~ Celina Caesar-Chavannes scandal. In an excellent article in … Continue reading Welcome to Australia