It is time (6)

A couple of days ago I said that “I believe that five priorities in any policy area is about all that any government, even the best one, can manage,” and I guess that applies to me and my unsolicited advice to the Conservative Party, too. I have over the past few days said that it …

It is time (5)

The first thing to understand about Canadian defence policy is that: no one cares. Our allies don’t much care, they’ve all given up even hoping that we might be, once again, as we were for about 70 years, a leading middle power, doing our full and fair share to defend the West. Our potential enemies …

It is time (4)

I’m going to the bottom of the list I posted a few days ago to deal with “Foreign and defence policy and the compelling need ~ see What Canada needs from a couple of day ago ~ to face a dangerous world with confidence, including, especially how to deal with China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, but …

It is time (3)

A couple of days ago I said, “I want the Conservative Party to tell us how they plan to take Canada forward, to make Canada bigger and better.” We’re already a big country, geographically, the 2nd largest landmass in the world and we have the world’s longest coastline with seaports on three oceans and deep …

It is time (2)

Yesterday, I said that despite his many and manifest failures as a leader and as a person, Canadians remain likely to vote for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party because: They are, broadly and generally, satisfied with the way he has tried to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic ~ mainly by by spending lots …

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fully …

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 be …

Birds do it, bees do it …

… so wrote Cole Porter in a witty 1928 song ~ actually his original lyrics were quite racist and offensive and the modern version (sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald in the link) didn’t emerge until the mid or late 1940s. Now, in a recent column in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson asks if …

Being prepared

Professor Jean-Christophe Boucher a foreign and defence policy expert at the University of Calgary has released some poll results about how Canadians feel about military missions. I do no find the overall results shocking … … because I remain convinced that most Canadians neither know nor care much about either foreign or defence policy. They, …

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 months …