Let’s get it right

Derek Burney, a long time, diplomat (Ambassador to both South Korea and the USA), former Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, corporate CEO and scholar, says, in an article in the National Post, that “The combination of a flimsy fiscal update and the erratic management of the COVID-19 pandemic raises questions about theContinue reading “Let’s get it right”

The carbon tax, again

Well, the carbon tax is back in the news again, isn’t it? Almost three years ago I wrote about the utility of a carbon tax and I compared it to the familiar “sin taxes” that governments levy on e.g. alcohol and tobacco and, in some places, on activities like prostitution and gambling. A few monthsContinue reading “The carbon tax, again”

Kudos to the Ministry of Natural Resources

I see, in an article by Colin Perkel of The Canadian Press that Paul Lefebvre, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of natural resources, told an international conference that “Canadians will have to wait a little while longer to see the federal government’s plan for the development of small nuclear reactors, seen by proponents asContinue reading “Kudos to the Ministry of Natural Resources”

Biden’s world in 2021

Following on from yesterday’s discussion of what a Biden foreign policy might mean for Canada, I see, in The Economist, a very useful forecast signed* by Zanny Minton Beddoes, the Editor-in-chief of that journal that looks at the forces that might shape the post-COVID-19 and post-Trump world. She says that “Some years loom large inContinue reading “Biden’s world in 2021”

Conservatives and the Canadian precariat

A coupe of years ago I wrote about “Populism and the Canadian ‘Precariat’” and I suggested, quoting others, that “social chasms defined by the concentration of wealth at the top of society and, for everyone else, by economic pessimism and stagnation; by a comfortable feeling on one end of the societal teeter-totter, and a fear on the otherContinue reading “Conservatives and the Canadian precariat”

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 thenContinue reading “The Ford Factor (1)”

Going green …

Now that he’s won the Conservative leadership race, one of the things that Eric O’Toole must do is enunciate a sensible environmental policy (the second bullet on my recent “wish list”). According to the Government of Canada: According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland: “Canada’s path out of the COVID-19 pandemicContinue reading “Going green …”

Climate apocalypse?

A  couple of days ago, I quoted the Globe and Mail‘s John Ibbitson who said, “in this century, conservatives have struggled to meet the challenge of climate change.”  Perhaps that’s because the “challenge” has been seriously overstated. Michael Shellenberger is a Time Magazine “Hero of the Environment,” winner of the Green Book Award, and theContinue reading “Climate apocalypse?”

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,Continue reading “Is Conservatism Dead?”