We can’t make this up

Lauren Krugel of the Canadian Press says, in a report published by Global News, that "Amnesty International has warned Alberta Premier Jason Kenney that his government’s fight against oil and gas industry foes puts human rights at risk ... [and, Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International Canada] ... outlined his concerns in an open letter Tuesday that highlighted … Continue reading We can’t make this up

Playing politics with pipelines

Chris Hall, writing for CBC News, says that "The Federal Court of Appeal gave its approval this week to a handful of Indigenous communities along the route that argued the government had failed — again — to properly consult them ... [and] ... While that decision might not come as a huge surprise to anyone who … Continue reading Playing politics with pipelines

War in the grey zone ~ weaponizing regulators

There is a chilling report in The Economist which says that "As the trade war chips away at its allure, China wants to retain the affection of foreign businesses. It has promised to level the playing field between them and their domestic rivals. This pledge is meant as reassurance that Chinese firms will receive no … Continue reading War in the grey zone ~ weaponizing regulators

And now there are only three

I said some months ago, after it was reported that Dassault of France had pulled its Rafale fighter out of Canada's competition to replace our CF-18s, that "It makes me wonder if we have a two-horse race to replace our ageing CF-18 Hornets. Is it the Lockheed-Martin Lightning II, the jet Justin Trudeau said he would not buy because … Continue reading And now there are only three

An interesting proposal

Carlo Dade, who is the Director, and Sarah Pittman, who is a policy analyst at the Trade and Investment Centre at the Canada West Foundation make an interesting proposal in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail. "The Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership [the CPTPP] – also known as “the largest, most complex, and potentially … Continue reading An interesting proposal

It needs repeating

A few days ago, I said, regarding both energy and environmental/clime change policies, that: "The very clear and obvious better choice is to build pipelines so that all Canadians can use Canadian oil, gas and natural gas, to fuel their cars and heat their homes rather than having tankers bring Arab and Iranian oil into … Continue reading It needs repeating

The plan

So, about a week ago I speculated on how British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might have a November election, even as early as 1 November, the day after the UK "crashes out" of the European Union with a "no-deal" Brexit. Almost three weeks ago I speculated on how that "no-deal" Brexit might shape Britain and … Continue reading The plan