Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

There is an excellent, but lengthy, article in the Guardian by that newspaper's Canadian correspondent Ashifa Kassam which is headlined: "Justin Trudeau: the rise and fall of a political brand." Ms Kassam opens her essay by recounting the 2012 Brazeau-Trudeau boxing match. It was, as she explains, carefully arranged and staged by Team Trudeau ~ … Continue reading Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

Hong Kong (9)

A friend sent me the link to this video from Fox News; please pay attention to the remarks by Brigadier General (retired) Robert Spalding of the Hudson Institute at about 1:00 to 1:30. Dr/Gen Spalding is quite right: "A little bit more than 240 years ago, those kids would have been our founding fathers, actually … Continue reading Hong Kong (9)

Big news

This, from Murray Brewster on CBC News, is big news ... maybe. It is big because of the potential costs. I was in and around the procurement world when the current North Warning System was approved and built. I can assure readers that the $1+ Billion price tag was a big deal in the 1980s … Continue reading Big news

Trump 2020

The Globe and Mail's editorial board says, in the wake of the fiasco that was Special Counsel Mueller’s recent testimony to the US Congress, that "Robert Mueller’s testimony before two Congressional committees in Washington on Wednesday was the very embodiment of why the Democrats are at risk of handing the 2020 election to President Donald … Continue reading Trump 2020

Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

Two days ago I said that "there is a real, measurable difference between the Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals on important vital strategic issues. Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have failed pretty much every test, including renegotiating NAFTA. Why would anyone trust them with the reins of government again?" Then, yesterday I said "Canada and Canadians, and liberals and democrats … Continue reading Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

What Canada needs

Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. "On Oct. 21, voters will choose … Continue reading What Canada needs

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia's ABC Radio. It's a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, and … Continue reading Middle power?