The Ford Factor (2)

I saw a report on CBC News about a week ago saying that "The federal government and Ontario have pledged to spend up to $500 million to make the Ford plant in Oakville, Ont., able to build electric vehicles ... [the report says that] ... The future of the plant has been a key question … Continue reading The Ford Factor (2)

The Ford Factor (1)

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "In the next election campaign, whenever it comes, Justin Trudeau won’t have Doug Ford to kick around any more ... [as he did] ... In last year’s federal election ... [when] ... the Liberal Leader focused as heavily on the Ontario Premier, who was then … Continue reading The Ford Factor (1)

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

A very conservative idea (2)

I have written, more than once, in favour of some sort of guaranteed annual income based on a negative income tax system. I have called it a very conservative idea because it has been advanced by e.g. Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman ... ... and while I know that many so-called conservatives oppose the idea … Continue reading A very conservative idea (2)

Ready to govern?

So, Erin O'Toole has announced his shadow cabinet; these are the people who "lead" the Conservatives in the House of Commons on key issues as they prepare for the next election. Just as I was pleased to see veterans like Candice Bergen and sterling newcomers like Alex Ruff in leadership roles, so am I pleased … Continue reading Ready to govern?

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

Arrant nonsense

So, I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, finally, broken his silence on the latest act of vandalism by the cancel culture movement: the wanton and I believe planned* destruction of a statue of Sir John A Macdonald in Montreal. But rather than coming out and condemning vandalism, as grown-ups, … Continue reading Arrant nonsense

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