Prognostications (3)

The Eurasia Group's President, Ian Bremmer and its Chairman Cliff Kupchan, writing in their annual "risk list," say that "We've never listed US domestic politics as the top risk, mainly because US institutions are among the world's strongest and most resilient ... [but, they write] ... This year, those institutions will be tested in unprecedented … Continue reading Prognostications (3)

Will Ottawa ever do the right thing?

That's the question the Globe and Mail's Robyn Urbach asked in an opinion piece last week. The issue is Québec's Loi 21 ~ the bill that forbids public employees, like teachers and police officers from wearing a hijab or a kippah or a turban ~ it's an act which Ms Urbach describes as being "an … Continue reading Will Ottawa ever do the right thing?

Some fallout from the UK election (2): Separatism

I see an interesting piece on the BCC News website by Sarah Smith, the Scotland Editor,* in which she says that Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister (premier) of Scotland and leader of the separatist Scottish National Party, says that while "she won't pretend that every single person who voted SNP necessarily supports independence ... she … Continue reading Some fallout from the UK election (2): Separatism

Immigration, again

Sticking with how Canada is similar to Australia, I make no secret of the fact that I favour much increased legal, well-regulated immigration for Canada. I find much that makes good sense in the view of the Century Initiative which aims to grow Canada to 100 million people by the year 2100. Not everyone agrees, … Continue reading Immigration, again

Arrant bloody nonsense

I see, on the CP24 News website, that Canada's Defence Minister Harjot Sajjan said, at the Halifax International Security Forum, that "“We don't consider China as an adversary” ...[and he added] ... “We do have two Canadians that have been arbitrarily detained in China and we ask China for their expeditious release and that's extremely … Continue reading Arrant bloody nonsense

Trumpians in Canada

The Federalist is a conservative website ~ not especially pro-Trump ~ which has been described as being a bridge between the "deep" scholastic journals (like Foreign Affairs) and social media; it is said to provide serious commentary that is authored by young, media-savvy writers. Mark Hemingway, who is an editor at The Federalist, explains in … Continue reading Trumpians in Canada

Wexit?

So, two things caught my eye: First, a several-month-old article in 'American Thinker' ~ which I regard as a pretty 'hard-right' news source ~ which deals, I think, reasonably fairly with the underlying issues behind the Wester/Alberta separatist movement; and Second, a very recent article on the BBC News website headlined: "Wexit: Why some Albertans … Continue reading Wexit?