Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?

The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper's PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party's HQ all read and take … Continue reading The Conservative problem

It’s time for a change

Please have a quick look at this (less than two minutes long) video ... ... from the US newsmagazine programme, 60 Minutes. Now, BlueDot is a Canadian company and amongst its clients are the Government of Canada: ... so, in addition to the Canadian military reports, which were made in early January, someone in the … Continue reading It’s time for a change

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 be … Continue reading Canada needs …

Not good enough

Emerald Bensadoun, writing for Global News, says that "Canadian Minister of Public Safety Bill Blair said Tuesday that in an attempt to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus, those crossing the border irregularly will still be allowed into Canada, but will be subject to medical screening and housed in quarantine when necessary." That's right, even though, just a … Continue reading Not good enough

Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Derek Burney, who, over a long and distinguished career, has been a diplomat, political strategist, business executive and teacher, too, writes, in the National Post, that "It is times like this when Lucien Bouchard’s claim that “Canada is not a real country” has an eerie ring of truth. Protesters of many stripes have the upper … Continue reading Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Home truths from abroad, redux

Over 3½ years ago I wrote about an address given by (then Major, now Lieutenant Colonel) Choy Yong Cong. He was, I said, speaking as much about Canada as Singapore, it seems to me. I also said that the values he was espousing were "good Conservative values... [and] ... That’s what I want the CPC to offer … Continue reading Home truths from abroad, redux

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news

More polls, but …

Éric Grenier, who does poll aggregations and analysis for CBC News, wrote, a few days ago, on the CBC News website, that "When this election year kicked off, Justin Trudeau's Liberals were on track for victory in the fall federal election. Now, as parliamentarians prepare to head home after this week's expected adjournment of the House … Continue reading More polls, but …

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain 'on station' near a potential troublespot or a strategic 'choke point' for protracted periods, and … Continue reading Power Projection