Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: "The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time." It's not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that "in this century, … Continue reading Is Conservatism Dead?

Military reserves

For those interested, and every thinking Canadian should have some, albeit limited interest in the subject, there is an interesting thread over on Army.ca which deals with the problems (there are a lot of them) in making Canada's reserve Army (the militia if you're old enough) into an effective force. I'm going to go with … Continue reading Military reserves

Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?

Not so fast

The Economist, looking forward to the US November elections, says "Four months ago, Donald Trump’s odds of winning a second term had never looked better. After an easy acquittal in his impeachment trial, his approval rating had reached its highest level in three years, and was approaching the upper-40s range that delivered re-election to George W. … Continue reading Not so fast

Democracy is in peril

About 1,500 years ago, in Saxon England, the nobles of the realm, the bishops, abbots (and abbesses) and the ealdormen and thegns and others would gather, fairly regularly, in an assembly to advise and, sometimes, to constrain the king. In a very typically English manner, they hit upon the notion that the kings were not, … Continue reading Democracy is in peril

Something really worrying

Many people are worried, right now, about the unrest that seems to be tearing the US apart and that has boiled over into Canada, too. Racism, in all its forms, is a problem here in Canada, there is no denying that. I'm an old white man ~ the devil incarnate to some youngsters ~ but … Continue reading Something really worrying

Reviving democracy

Lorrie Goldstein, a veteran Toronto Sun journalist and a constant critic of Justin Trudeau's inept management of government, was, I hope, only trying to stir up a little controversy when he said, just the other day, on social media:   My hope is that he was trying, indirectly, to remind us that we, Canadians, and … Continue reading Reviving democracy

I don’t believe …

... that Justin Trudeau is an idiot who cannot manage to sit through a briefing. There are global leaders like that, but Mr Trudau is not amongst them. He can understand the points being made by senior officials, he can discuss, rationally, the policy options presented by his political advisors. He may not be the … Continue reading I don’t believe …

Just a (provincial) thought

A week and a bit ago I speculated a bit about what I think might be the "new normal" as we reopen our economy after the novel-coronavirus pandemic. I suggested "the alcohol retail business will also change. If people can get a new computer or a pair fo shoes online, delivered to their door in … Continue reading Just a (provincial) thought

The right thing to do?

John Ibbitson, who is described as "a writer-at-large" for the Globe and Mail (I think that means senior columnist who is given carte balance on topics) and David Parkinson, who is the Good Grey Globe's economics columnist have, in an opinion piece, opened the pandora's box of a universal basic income. Bravo! And medals for … Continue reading The right thing to do?