October is Women’s History Month

So, a friend reminds me that this is Women’s History Month … One could, I suppose go back a long way and talk about Bathsheba, the wife of King David (around 1000 BCE) and the Mother of King Soloman, or Wu Zetian, the powerful 7th century CE Chinese empress, or the Great Abbesses of medieval […]

Reviving democracy

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 […]

Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka … … talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that ““the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism …[and] … Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant […]

The next GG

In an article in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson, very rightly, pays tribute to David and Sharon Johnston ~ they have, indeed, been gracious and stalwart vice-regal couple. Mr Ibbitson concludes by asking “Who will replace him? The choice of governor-general,” he explains “is a closely guarded secret that, to this writer’s knowledge, has […]

A message for all Canadians

I have gone on, over and over again, about politicians, especially those in the Liberal Party of Canada, selling the sizzle and not providing any steak. Confucius, as usual, said it better: We need more “superior” men and women on Parliament Hill, in Queen’s park and other provincial legislatures, and in town and city halls, […]

The year in review and the year ahead

The media is, of course, full of reports about what happened, for better or worse, in 2016 and what will likely matter in 2017. For example: a team of journalists including John Ivison and David Akin take a look back in the National Post, and on the CBC website the Power & Politics panel ruminate […]

The Senate (2)

Back in March I said, “kudos to Prime Minister Trudeau for picking some fine Canadians to sit in the senate of Canada … [because] … they are all distinguished Canadians who have served our country well and who can continue to serve, even in a flawed institution.” But I also challenged him to take up the […]

Some further thoughts on two of Canada’s democratic institutions

A couple of months ago I wrote a bit about democracy. I focused, mostly, on the types of democracy (liberal democracy (quite rare), illiberal democracy (rather more common) and conservative or Confucian democracy (even more rare and found only in Asia). Yesterday I wrote a bit about the Senate, especially about its role as the […]

The Senate

There is a report, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Trudeau is about to appoint seven new senators: Peter Harder, a retired senior bureaucrat and high-level corporate adviser, to be the Liberal government’s leader in the Senate; Raymonde Gagné, former president of Manitoba’s Université de Saint-Boniface; Frances Lankin, a minister in the former […]