Back in the autumn of 2018, Gerry Nichols, writing in the Hill TImes, opined that the 2023 election would be more interesting than the 2019 version because, by then, Chrystia Freeland would be leading the Liberal Party. In January of this year, before the Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould crisis, an opinion piece in Carleton University's weekly newspaper noted … Continue reading Et tu Freeland?
There is a very useful article in The Economist which says that people all over the world, but especially in the USA, are starting to comprehend that climate change is real. But, the article says, and it's a big BUT, "amid the clamour is a single, jarring truth. Demand for oil is rising and the … Continue reading Climate change and human nature
A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the "ideal" cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the "best" government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century, … Continue reading Cabinet making
... and here is some unsolicited (and possibly even unwelcome) advice for the Liberal Party's grownups (and there are still some) who may yet have a bit of influence on Team Trudeau. It is based on my current guesstimate that the Liberals can be re-elected with a (probably weak) minority in 2019 but will be, almost … Continue reading So, there’s a cabinet shuffle coming up tomorrow …
Lorrie Goldstein, writing in the Toronto Sun, adds a bit of common sense to the climate change debate. The issue isn't about climate change, per se, or greenhouse gasses or anything like that; the issue that he illuminates is how stupidly and dishonestly Canadian politicians and the media talk about the subject. His key take-away … Continue reading And a little bit more common sense
Richard Haas, of the prestigious Council of Foreign Relations, draws our attention to an article in The Economist: The Economist says that "Earth is smouldering. From Seattle to Siberia this summer, flames have consumed swathes of the northern hemisphere. One of 18 wildfires sweeping through California, among the worst in the state’s history, is generating such … Continue reading The price of global warming
I was a tiny bit mystified by all the fuss and bother over e.g. a $7,500 swing set for the prime minister's summer cottage. I understand that many, many Canadians' eyes glaze over when they see $750 Million in a headline because they cannot imagine millions and millions of anything, even dollars, but they do … Continue reading Trudeau’s real weakness