And then what?

So, the awful stench of corruption which surrounded the Trudeau-Kielburger scam that would have seen $900 Million ~ yes, that just a few bucks short of a Billion dollars ~ given to the Kielburgers' charity to be used without parliament's oversight was too much even for a bought-and-paid-for media and someone had the good sense … Continue reading And then what?

Tribes

So, a few years ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at New York University, talked about tribes and tribalism and the perils of both. It wasn't a bad speech ... the points about belonging versus exclusivity and exclusion are still good. But the prime minister may have ignored the tribe to which he belongs ... … Continue reading Tribes

The right thing to do?

John Ibbitson, who is described as "a writer-at-large" for the Globe and Mail (I think that means senior columnist who is given carte balance on topics) and David Parkinson, who is the Good Grey Globe's economics columnist have, in an opinion piece, opened the pandora's box of a universal basic income. Bravo! And medals for … Continue reading The right thing to do?

Does anyone remember? Does anyone care?

Does anyone remember when, back in February, I commented on a story by Daniel Leblanc in the Globe and Mail, in which he exposed another instance of the Liberals putting their thumb on the scale by trying to rig judicial appointments? I said, then, that Daniel Leblanc explained "the political manoeuvrings of former Minister Jim … Continue reading Does anyone remember? Does anyone care?

What?

The Post Millennial, which is usually a fairly reliable (albeit somewhat breathless) source of hard news says, quoting Blacklock's Reporter, which I have found to be also pretty fair and accurate, that "Justin Trudeau's Department of Infrastructure, which is headed by the ever-controversial Catherine McKenna, cannot account for billions of taxpayer money." The report explains … Continue reading What?

Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada

I self-identify as a classical liberal: please take a quick look at my site's (longish) title just above. Liberals like me look back past the Glorious Revolution of 1688,  past Simon de Montfort's Great Parliament in 1265, even past Aristotle and Plato, the origins of liberalism might go all the way back to the original … Continue reading Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada

Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that "Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance." Not much has changed, has it? He also said that … Continue reading Is Canada broken?

Getting the UN thing right

Mike Blanchfield, writing for the Canadian Press, says, in an article published by the National Observer, that "The ill will of autocratic countries like China, and some worthy head-on competitors, should compel the Trudeau government to campaign harder for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, analysts said Friday." Those analysts are wrong. The … Continue reading Getting the UN thing right

Make China Great Again?

Yesterday, I asked: "Why" is China drifting away from Deng Xiaoping's vision and back, it seems to me, towards Maoism. In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, award-winning author and scholar Professor Julia Lovell of the University of London draws an interesting parallel with Donald Trump. Xi Jinping, she suggests, at "The plenum resolution … Continue reading Make China Great Again?

Almost four years ago (2)

Following on from a couple of days ago ... Almost four years ago I said that: The next Conservative leader should have been like a long-dead Liberal ~ I was, as regular readers will know, speaking about Louis St Laurent who, if he was alive today would not, I am certain, recognize the modern Liberal … Continue reading Almost four years ago (2)