Another good idea

About nine months ago I said that the Globe and Mail‘s senior business writer and columnist Rita Trichur had a really good and, in my opinion, politically smart idea: If the government, she said, “is serious about putting people first, the solution is simple: Make the CRA do our taxes for us.“ It wouldn’t beContinue reading “Another good idea”

“We are under attack”

French President Emmanuel Macron is quoted, in an article in the Globe and Mail, as saying that ““Very clearly, it’s France that has been attacked .. [and] … If we are under attack, it’s because of our values, our taste for freedom, the ability on our soil to have freedom of belief,” Mr. Macron saidContinue reading ““We are under attack””

I don’t believe …

… that Justin Trudeau is an idiot who cannot manage to sit through a briefing. There are global leaders like that, but Mr Trudau is not amongst them. He can understand the points being made by senior officials, he can discuss, rationally, the policy options presented by his political advisors. He may not be theContinue reading “I don’t believe …”

Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that “Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance.” Not much has changed, has it? He also said thatContinue reading “Is Canada broken?”

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that “These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues … [but] … That ought to change. We need to haveContinue reading “Let’s have a defence policy debate”

A few good planes

David Pugliese, writing last week in the Ottawa Citizen, reported that “Canadian special forces will receive three new surveillance aircraft from the U.S. with the planes expected to arrive in 2022 … [and, he said] … The three Beechcraft King Air planes, to be based at CFB Trenton in Ontario, will be outfitted with sensors andContinue reading “A few good planes”

Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield”

The Economist runs a series called ‘Open Future‘ which they describe as “A global conversation on the role of markets, technology and freedom in the 21st century.” Recently they featured a book excerpt by Sean McFate, a former American Army officer, and mercenary (private military contractor) and now a scholar (at the National Defense UniversityContinue reading “Future wars (12): “Modern victory is won and lost in the information space, not on the physical battlefield””

Time to get intelligence and security right

Just a few days ago I said that I was not a big fan of the American intelligence community and a couple of weeks before that I explained, in sightly more detail, that my lack of enthusiasm was, in some part, because I believe that US President John F Kennedy reformed the CIA on theContinue reading “Time to get intelligence and security right”

In other news …

The CBC, somewhat breathlessly, reports that “Five months after a Radio-Canada/CBC investigation revealed that the country’s major mobile networks are vulnerable to hacking and fraud, documents obtained through Access to Information show that the agency responsible for the security of the federal government’s networks withheld some information from the public at the time.” That agency responsible forContinue reading “In other news …”

Doing the right things

Yesterday I talked about four strategic priorities that should guide Canada’s defence policies through to about 2050. They are: Containing and reducing threats to global peace and security by helping to maintain alliances like NATO and  groupings like AUSCANNZUKUS and supporting global peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts, even the generally worthless United Nations efforts; Confronting currentContinue reading “Doing the right things”