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?

No pontification without investigation!

So, the United Nations has been busy accusing Canada of various high crimes and misdemeanours, as our American friends put it. They are aided in this by many disaffected Canadians who are given a loud voice by leftish media outlets. The end result is that Prime Minister Trudeau, in order to appease the likes of … Continue reading No pontification without investigation!

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

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg's Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that "Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions." … Continue reading We need to do better

Prognostications (2)

The Economist says that economic expansions, like the decade-long one that we have enjoyed, "are most often killed off by rising interest rates or financial crashes—surprises that cause economy-wide demand for goods and services to fall. Rarer is the supply-side recession in which economies are deprived of their productive capacity. Not since the oil-price shocks … Continue reading Prognostications (2)