A really important guy …

Our news is full of Justin Trudeau, Erin O'Toole, Chrystia Freeland, Jagmeet Singh and, now, Annamie Paul and so on ... ... and they matter, and what they say and do matters, too, whether it is Ms Freeland refusing to give Parliament her estimate of this year's deficit, Mr Singh being reminded that a few … Continue reading A really important guy …

Another warning

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail a couple of days ago, said: "Last week’s Throne Speech mentioned Alberta once, when Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government promised to help the province’s workers adjust “to meet a net zero future” of carbon emissions. That document could be remembered in history as one of the many acts … Continue reading Another warning

The Ford Factor (2)

I saw a report on CBC News about a week ago saying that "The federal government and Ontario have pledged to spend up to $500 million to make the Ford plant in Oakville, Ont., able to build electric vehicles ... [the report says that] ... The future of the plant has been a key question … Continue reading The Ford Factor (2)

Sorry, but we Canadians are …

The Globe and Mail, in an editorial, says that " This space ... [editorial speak for the the views of the Globe and Mail's publisher and editors] ... has long argued that fighting the pandemic has to be “Job No. 1” for all levels of government. Keeping the number of infections from exploding is surely the way … Continue reading Sorry, but we Canadians are …

About as bad as expected

A proper Throne Speech, written by a responsible government would have said something like "Faced with the COVID-19 global pandemic, my government pulled out all the stops as it tried to mitigate the impact that this once-in-a-lifetime event has on Canadian families. We have borrowed billions and billons and tens of billions of dollars ~ … Continue reading About as bad as expected

End the madness

In an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, Konrad Yakabuski said, writing about the rumours being floated by Team Trudeau, regarding today's* Throne Speech, that "The suggestion that Canada can simply substitute what has been its main source of wealth-creation – oil – with an equally lucrative carbon-free one, is sheer fantasy. An energy … Continue reading End the madness

A strategy of resilience

Professor Ganesh Sitaraman (Vanderbilt University) is a moderate progressive Democrat in US terms. He has been a policy advisor to Senator Elizabeth Warren ~ he is well to the right of Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and, probably, very slightly to the left of Joe Biden. He has written a provocative article in Foreign Affairs … Continue reading A strategy of resilience