How bilingual?

There is a provocative opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, by journalist, author and publisher Kenneth Whyte, who is, also, Chair of the Board of the (fairly conservative) Donner Canadian Foundation, which did not, I think, get sufficient attention. In it, he says that it’s time the Conservative Party reconsidered its unstated but very … Continue reading How bilingual?

Wrong, again

I do not follow Cangal48 on social media, but someone I do follow rebroadcast this post: I said, before, about a week ago that Cangal48 (and US Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy) was oversimplifying; she's doing it again. What she is doing is putting her somewhat politically puritanical views ahead of the good of the … Continue reading Wrong, again

Is anyone surprised?

Is anyone really surprised at the amount of discussion that this short (45 second) video clip is generating? The National Post said, yesterday, that "The social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and has … Continue reading Is anyone surprised?

In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

I remember back in the early 1950s, when we lived on a small farm in British Columbia, in what is now a major suburb in Greater Vancouver, that we bought a TV set. It was a big deal back then. I think we got two channels: one, CBC no doubt, from Vancouver and another from … Continue reading In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

Social conservative angst

It's no secret, I am sure, to anyone who follows my blog that I am NOT a social conservative. In fact, I have described myself as a social libertarian who wants the Conservative Party and, indeed, the Government of Canada, get past religiously-based issues like marriage, same-sex relationships, gay rights and abortion. I was not … Continue reading Social conservative angst

Doing the right thing, the right way

I really hope that John Ivison, writing in the Calgary Herald, is correct, and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper will remain "above the fray" in the forthcoming Conservative leadership race. People who are close to Mr Harper told Mr Ivison that "the whole business model of his firm Harper & Associates is built on remaining … Continue reading Doing the right thing, the right way

Conservative leadership, again

There is a very useful survey, by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, about three potential CPC leaders ... ... Jean Charest, Erin O'Toole and Pierre Poilievre. Mr Ibbitson, a keen and respected political observer says that: "Mr. O’Toole placed a respectable third in the 2017 leadership race. He has had a life outside … Continue reading Conservative leadership, again