“The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

There is, it seems to me, a concerted effort to bring the case of the "Two Michals," Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians being detained in China as an act of hostage diplomacy in a larger contest between China and the US-led West, back into the public eye. This, for example, is the (online) … Continue reading “The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

I don’t believe …

... that Justin Trudeau is an idiot who cannot manage to sit through a briefing. There are global leaders like that, but Mr Trudau is not amongst them. He can understand the points being made by senior officials, he can discuss, rationally, the policy options presented by his political advisors. He may not be the … Continue reading I don’t believe …

Thumb on the scales (2)

Back about six months ago I accused the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals of having their figurative thumb on the scales of electoral politics as ministers crisscrossed the country in the pre-writ period, making spending announcements with great fanfare, when government departments and political parties are forbidden to advertise. Now I see, in an article in the Globe … Continue reading Thumb on the scales (2)

Collisions

Colin Freeze, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "For the first time in Canada, the federal attorney-general has overridden a judge’s order to release documents that the government considers to be national-security secrets ... [specifically] ... Attorney-General David Lametti signed a secrecy certificate to prevent details about a Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation … Continue reading Collisions