CANZUK, again.

Nigel Wright, who was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and who resigned when it was discovered that he used his own money to repay some of Senator Mike Duffy’s misappropriated expenses) and is now the (London based) Senior Managing Director of the multi-billion dollar Onex Corporation, says, in a piece published byContinue reading “CANZUK, again.”

It is time (4)

I’m going to the bottom of the list I posted a few days ago to deal with “Foreign and defence policy and the compelling need ~ see What Canada needs from a couple of day ago ~ to face a dangerous world with confidence, including, especially how to deal with China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, butContinue reading “It is time (4)”

Doing the right thing

This article, in the Hindustan Times and this in the South China Morning Post, both deal with the same issue: China is trying to wear down Japan’s ability to assert sovereignty over the disputed Senkaku (尖閣諸島 in Japanese) or Diaoyutai (or Diaoyu Islands (釣魚臺列嶼 in Chinese) which are, in reality, little more than a few (eight)Continue reading “Doing the right thing”

Good news …

… and well done to Trade Minister Mary Ng because CBC News reports that “Negotiations between Canada and the United Kingdom to hammer out the terms of their post-Brexit trade have concluded, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a video released to the media Saturday morning.” This is an important vitalContinue reading “Good news …”

Is America entitled to be the leader?

Professors James Goldgeier and Bruce W Jentleson, in a provocative article in Foreign Affairs, say that despite the fact that the notion “That the United States should lead the world is often taken for granted, at least in Washington, D.C. … [because] … The country played that role for more than seven decades after WorldContinue reading “Is America entitled to be the leader?”

A foreign policy choice for Canada

So, two things caught my eye last week: first, in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson quoted a room full of (mostly young and über-bright) Canadian academics, all of whom are moaning about Canada’s foreign policy being off the rails; then, over in Foreign Affairs, a world-famous strategic thinker, Professor G John Ikenberry, from PrincetonContinue reading “A foreign policy choice for Canada”

Not inconsistent

I wrote, just yesterday, that, in my opinion, real Conservatives are free traders. Protectionists like Donald Trump, are not conservatives, at all … they are horses of other colours entirely. But earlier I wrote, somewhat approvingly, of President Trump’s notion of America being self-sufficient. His views, I suggested, marked a fundamental shift away from ourContinue reading “Not inconsistent”

The answer is …

The Economist asks an important question: “Can Hong Kong remain a conduit between China and the world?” The short answer is: No. As The Economist says, “Hong Kong’s place in the world depends on having the rule of law, a trusted reputation and seamless access to Western financial markets.” The “rule of law” is dyingContinue reading “The answer is …”

Doing the heavy lifting

Yesterday, I talked about standing up to China, the bully and restoring confidence in Canada. Today, I want to discuss how to do that. It’s a bit disjointed, I’m afraid, because there are a lot of things wrong and fixing just one or two will not be enough. I said that Prime. Minister Justin TrudeauContinue reading “Doing the heavy lifting”

Is India the answer?

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Vijay Sappini, in the Toronto Sun in which the author suggests that “As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads over the world, governments are struggling to grapple with the scale of the crisis and to get ahead of it when and where possible … [and] … A direct consequence of the crisis has beenContinue reading “Is India the answer?”