Is Macron right?

Following on from yesterday, the Finacial Times says, in an editorial, that French President "Emmanuel Macron has issued a dire warning: an “exceptionally fragile” Europe will disappear “if it can’t think of itself as a global power” ... [and his] ... "alarm call demands careful consideration — even if his plea for an EU defence … Continue reading Is Macron right?

The brain dead alliances

"French president Emmanuel Macron has," an article in the Financial Post says, "opened a rift with Germany and other Nato allies weeks ahead of a vital summit after he warned that the transatlantic security alliance was suffering “brain death”. German chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Mr Macron’s “sweeping blow” against the alliance, in which he strongly … Continue reading The brain dead alliances

Just do it

A couple of days ago I suggested that "If the Trudeau regime has half the brains the gods gave to green peppers they will cede, at a below-market value price, 51% of the Trans Mountain Pipeline to a consortium of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan First Nations and then use every legal means available to push that … Continue reading Just do it

The right way

I see in an article by Andy Blatchford of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, that "Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says there’s a “compelling case” to be made for his province to exit the half-century-old Canada Pension Plan – an idea sure to face increasing scrutiny over the coming months ... [because] … Continue reading The right way

Doing things right

There is a very interesting article in the Globe and Mail about a proposed new housing development in Vancouver. The development is interesting on a number of levels, because: "Planners are looking at providing parking for only 10 per cent of the apartments, far below the usual minimum ... [because] ... reducing the amount of … Continue reading Doing things right

What the CPC didn’t do (3)

In an essay in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson dissects the recent election and, not surprisingly, concludes that the Conservative party may have been its own worst enemy. He focuses on three key issues: Climate change ~ and he quotes the estimable Lisa Raitt who said that “"It’s a litmus test ... Climate change … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (3)

Damned if he does

This post, from the estimable and retired senior civil servant, diplomat and political insider (he was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff after holding a senior appointment in both provincial and the national cabinet offices) Norman Spector pretty much sums up Justin Trudeau's dilemma: I'm not going to repeat (well, not more than just this once) … Continue reading Damned if he does