A stab in the back?

Just as some Canadians in the commentariat are saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving our country “the worst Canadian government ever,” John Ibbitson, an astute observer, says, in the Globe and Mail, that “Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole needs to do a better job.” He’s got a long way to go, Mr Ibbitson says …

Birds do it, bees do it …

… so wrote Cole Porter in a witty 1928 song ~ actually his original lyrics were quite racist and offensive and the modern version (sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald in the link) didn’t emerge until the mid or late 1940s. Now, in a recent column in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson asks if …

I have a dream …

I mentioned, a couple of months ago, my hopes, for the Conservative Party under Erin O’Toole’s leadership. Now, borrowing a famous phrase from a great man: I have a dream … I have a dream that one day, soon, this nation will come to its senses and that the people in the suburbs around Halifax, …

The Ford Factor (1)

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “In the next election campaign, whenever it comes, Justin Trudeau won’t have Doug Ford to kick around any more … [as he did] … In last year’s federal election … [when] … the Liberal Leader focused as heavily on the Ontario Premier, who was then …

Disappointed

I supported Erin O’Toole in his quest for the Conservative Party leadership in 2017 and again in 2020. But I share the Globe and Mail’s columnist Andrew Coyne’s disappointment at both the carefully contrived language and, worse, the sentiment that Mr O’Toole showed in caving-in, no other word for it, to Québec Premier François Legault’s …

Liberalism is under attack, again

The Economist, in a cover article, headlined “The new ideology of race,” says that “America’s problem with racism can be divided into two parts. One contains all the myriad injustices that still blight African-American lives a century and a half after the end of slavery. The other is the way that factions on the right …

Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: “The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time.” It’s not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that “in this century, …

Boring, but vital

There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur’s idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says that …

Building a better nationalism (2)

About a year ago, at the end of a review of someone else’s ideas about nationalism, I said, “I believe that, in about 1950, Canada developed a healthy nationalism, but it didn’t survive into the 1970s. It was replaced by an unreasonable dream of a socialist nirvana in which Canadians could live off the fat of the land while …

This …

… is pretty much the consensus forecast for the Canadian economy after we reopen for business. While this …   … is the Trudeau-Morneau response. (Source: The National Post, 14 May 2020.) And, this … … is you and me and our children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren because, for years, Fiance Minister Bill Morneau …