A couple of days ago I agreed with the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urback who said that “In a normal government – one susceptible to shame, subject to real consequences, humbled by its occasional fallibility – Finance Minister Bill Morneau would be made to walk the plank.” Of course, I don't expect Bill Morneau to … Continue reading The fall gal?
Lorrie Goldstein, a veteran Toronto Sun journalist and a constant critic of Justin Trudeau's inept management of government, was, I hope, only trying to stir up a little controversy when he said, just the other day, on social media: My hope is that he was trying, indirectly, to remind us that we, Canadians, and … Continue reading Reviving democracy
Olivia Stefanovich, reporting for CBC News, says that "Elected Wet'suwet'en chiefs are asking for the immediate resignation of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett over an agreement between Ottawa, B.C. and hereditary chiefs, which they claim was drafted without their consent." The two really important words are "elected" and "hereditary." We Canadians are used to both. … Continue reading And so they should
I see that Saskatchewan is the first province to announce its plan to reopen. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, "Saskatchewan has laid out a detailed, comprehensive plan to reopen its economy, the first province in the country to do so ... [and] ...The plan, laid out in five phases, will start … Continue reading The first plan
John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says "The House of Commons is scheduled to return Monday. Obviously, all 338 MPs must not convene. But the time has come for regular sittings of the House, either real or virtual. Despite the COVID-19 emergency – no, because of it – we need the return of … Continue reading Absolutely!
John Ibbitson reported, in the Globe and Mail, that "The House of Commons unanimously approved wage-subsidy legislation, Saturday afternoon, while Conservatives and Liberals disputed when and how Parliament should meet again ... [and] ... A smattering of MPs — only 20 are required for quorum — met briefly to approve the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy ... … Continue reading Parliament must work
Today, 9 April, (it's still 9 April when I post this in Eastern Canada even though it is already 10 April in Europe) is the 103rd anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge which was fought from 9 to 12 April, in 1917. Vimy Ridge dominates the Douai plain in North-Eastern France. The Germans had … Continue reading Canada’s Easter Gift to France
There's a good article, by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in the Hill Times in which they quote Canadian parliamentary government expert, Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University who says that "despite the crisis, there still remains a place for Parliamentarians to scrutinize the government ... [and] ... the role of Parliament is laid out … Continue reading Parliament worked for us
Dr Nouriel Roubini is a world-famous economist. He is Professor of Economics at New York University's Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates. He was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the US … Continue reading How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.
So, I see, in a report by Sean Kirkpatrick of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, and confirmed by others ... ... that "The Liberal government announced late Monday that it has agreed to change draft legislation that proposed to grant itself wide-reaching new powers to tax and spend without parliamentary approval … Continue reading Do what’s right