Let them in

When the proposed $20 Billion merger of Shaw into Rogers was first announced, a few days ago, my initial reaction was: Rita Trichur, writing in the Globe and Mail, explains that: First, Rogers’ “friendly deal to acquire Shaw for $20.4-billion was inevitable. Their long-standing agreement to not compete in each other’s respective home turf (RogersContinue reading “Let them in”

Thank you, Captain Obvious

There was a big, mostly virtual, conference on security and defence issues in Ottawa last week. As is so often the case the keynote speaker was “Captain Obvious.” In fact, though, I was a bit surprised that the Trudeau regime allowed Deputy Minister of National Defence Jody Thomas, the person in DND who is responsibleContinue reading “Thank you, Captain Obvious”

CANZUK, again.

Nigel Wright, who was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and who resigned when it was discovered that he used his own money to repay some of Senator Mike Duffy’s misappropriated expenses) and is now the (London based) Senior Managing Director of the multi-billion dollar Onex Corporation, says, in a piece published byContinue reading “CANZUK, again.”

Another Ooops

I see in an article by Patrick Brethour in the Globe and Mail that “Since the early days of the pandemic, the federal Liberal government has pointed to rock-bottom interest rates as a key reason why their spend-in-all-directions fiscal approach will not drive Canada into a debt wall …[and] … In the fall economic statement,Continue reading “Another Ooops”

More on ships

It’s story time. Once upon time,* about 25 to 30 years ago, in the mid 1990s, when I was the director of a small, very specialized team in National Defence Headquarters (NDHQ) in Ottawa, something like this happened: One of my colleague, who had a title like Director of Maritime Requirements or something similar saidContinue reading “More on ships”

Bad news

So, there is a new Angus Reid Institute poll out, and it has a boat load of bad news for everyone. First, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains mired in minority territory: Experience with Canada’s five party system, starting from 2006, says that a party needs something slightly in excess of 39% of the popular voteContinue reading “Bad news”

It’s not funny …

I was really not laughing when I saw, a few days ago, on Fox News (but it was the same story everywhere) that “The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) told the Austin American Statesman that roughly 12,000 megawatts of Texas’ wind generation capacity had been hampered as of Sunday due to frozen wind turbines.” I’ve spent aContinue reading “It’s not funny …”

Remember CD Howe?

Not many people, unless you’re my age or older, remember when CD Howe was in the news almost every day, even on the cover of Time magazine. Canada was on the move, Canada had emerged from the Second World War and from Korea as a leading middle power and we were growing by leaps andContinue reading “Remember CD Howe?”

I am hopeful …

… that Erin O’Tool’s recent shuffle of his shadow cabinet which sees Pierre Poilievre moved to be the critic for Jobs and Industry a “portfolio” which does not exist in the Trudeau cabinet signals two things: A laser-like focus on working and middle-class Canadians ~ the ones, especially, in the suburbs and smaller communities inContinue reading “I am hopeful …”

Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believeContinue reading “Short of war (5)”