Irish unity?

Ever since the Brexit became a reality (when Boris Johnson won a solid majority), I have wondered about the fates of Ireland and Scotland. Now, The Economist has taken up the issue in an article in the most recent edition. “For most of the century since Ireland gained independence from Britain,” the article says, “control …

Divisions

Mark Joseph is an American multimedia producer (I’m not exactly sure what that means, I know what the words mean, I just don’t know how a multimedia production differs from, say, a film or a TV show), talk-show host, columnist, author and publisher, about whom I knew absolutely nothing until I stumbled upon an article …

Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Derek Burney, who, over a long and distinguished career, has been a diplomat, political strategist, business executive and teacher, too, writes, in the National Post, that “It is times like this when Lucien Bouchard’s claim that “Canada is not a real country” has an eerie ring of truth. Protesters of many stripes have the upper …

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign …

A monumentally stupid and dangerous idea

A Reuters report, by Steve Scherer, published in the Globe and Mail, suggests that the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals, probably advised by Calgary Mayor ⇐ Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton Mayor ⇒ Don Ivison, are preparing an economic “aid” package for Alberta to be unveiled when (perhaps only if?) they refuse to allow the Teck Resources’ Frontier mine …

CANZUK, again

CANZUK is an idea that has been floating around for a while now … I started talking about it some 3½ years ago when I read an article by Dr Andrew Lilico in the Financial Post. His idea was, and remains, simple: The British, he said, voted to leave the EU because they “did not …

Does Megxit beget Rexit?

Peter Donolo, who is a communications consultant based in Toronto and who was (many years ago) director of communications in the office of Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, takes up, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, the issue of the anachronism of the Canadian royal family that is emerging because of what some …

Is this a ‘Boston Tea Party moment?’

One commentator on social media dubbed this … … the moment when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault said that the Trudeau regime plans to license news websites as a ‘Boston Tea Pary moment.’ She was referring to the protest, in December of 1773, when angry American colonists (many dressed as Native Americans to try and hide …

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 …

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 …