Bad news for Canada

So, now that the motion to establish a "Trudeau Corruption Committee" has failed and, therefore, we ought not to have an election, unless Prime Minister Trudeau is more desperate than even I imagined, I can turn to two articles in Foreign Affairs that caught my eye and which I think should be of interest to … Continue reading Bad news for Canada

A Conservative social conscience

So, yesterday I talked about using a negative income tax as the basis for a Conservative Guaranteed Annual Income (GAI) or Universal Basic Income (UBI) scheme. The first problem is to persuade a large contingent of so-called Conservatives that a GAI/UBI is, in fact, a very Conservative idea. Too many Conservative Party supporters are reflexively … Continue reading A Conservative social conscience

Warming up Cold War 2.0

The New York Times News Service, in a report published in the Globe and Mail, reports that "The Trump administration is pushing the sale of seven large packages of weapons to Taiwan, including long-range missiles that would allow Taiwanese jets to hit distant Chinese targets in the event of a conflict, say officials familiar with … Continue reading Warming up Cold War 2.0

Restoring liberalism to Canada

I want to drag together a couple of ideas about which I have been banging on for years: Blue collar Conservatives; andThe overwhelming importance of the suburban voters. Of course you can see where I'm going. The suburbs are home to many, many blue collar people. It's a point that the Globe and Mail's John … Continue reading Restoring liberalism to Canada

Priorities

In his first major speech Erin O'Toole hit some real policy high notes, saying, according to the Globe and Mail, that "his party will be tough on China: “We will trade freely with free nations and not spend our time chasing trade deals with predatory countries like Communist China.”" Good! That's a good, clear statement … Continue reading Priorities

The next steps

Looking back it appears that Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole paid attention to all those military tactics lessons about the indirect approach. It was evident from the beginning that Peter MacKay was positioning himself to oust Andrew Scheer and coast to victory. Mr MacKay was, as I am, a progressive Conservative. Mr O'Toole proclaimed himself … Continue reading The next steps

Sleeping with the elephant

It is time to return to thinking about the USA and how Canada can and should respond to what is happening there. I have been a fan of Professor Amy Chua since her first book, 'World on Fire: How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred and Global Instability' was published almost 20 years ago. … Continue reading Sleeping with the elephant

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?

Some thoughts on taxes

My first and, I believe, the most important thing to understand about taxes is: there is only one taxpayer; it is you and me and individuals like us. Corporations do not pay taxes ~ they pass every single penny of the taxes assessed to them on to us, their customers. You and I and your … Continue reading Some thoughts on taxes