Disappointed

I supported Erin O'Toole in his quest for the Conservative Party leadership in 2017 and again in 2020. But I share the Globe and Mail's columnist Andrew Coyne's disappointment at both the carefully contrived language and, worse, the sentiment that Mr O'Toole showed in caving-in, no other word for it, to Québec Premier François Legault's … Continue reading Disappointed

That was quick

So, at lunch time (Eastern Standard Time) today journalist Marci Ien announced that she wanted to be the Liberal Party's candidate to fill Bill Morneau's now vacant seat in the federal riding of Toronto Centre ... Well, I thought to myself, good for her! I don't think many people, believed that her political sympathies lay … Continue reading That was quick

Restoring liberalism to Canada

I want to drag together a couple of ideas about which I have been banging on for years: Blue collar Conservatives; andThe overwhelming importance of the suburban voters. Of course you can see where I'm going. The suburbs are home to many, many blue collar people. It's a point that the Globe and Mail's John … Continue reading Restoring liberalism to Canada

Caution! Rumour!

I heard a tantalizing rumour the other day, from a normally well informed but anything but 'official' source ~ my source knows a few well placed Liberals but she is not directly connected to anyone in the Trudeau government. Anyway, the unverified rumour is that Justin Trudeau is getting ready to resign ... ... He … Continue reading Caution! Rumour!

Canadians are waking up

I see an interesting story on the Global News website which says that "Nearly half of Canadians would support an election being called if the federal watchdog finds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act again over the WE charity affair, a new poll suggests ... [and] ... The survey by Leger and the Association … Continue reading Canadians are waking up

Lockheed Martin ups the ante

So I see a report from the always well informed Murray Brewster on the CBC News website which says that "One of the companies vying to build the air force's next generation of warplanes promises it can inject as much as $16.9 billion into the Canadian economy, even though its pitch to the Liberal government … Continue reading Lockheed Martin ups the ante

If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything … or so the Liberals hope, anyway

Paul Waldie, writing in the Globe and Mail about the rise and fall of the We Charity, quotes Prince Harry, speaking at a WE Day event in London, last year: "“You guys know if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything,” Harry told the screaming audience." And he's right, you know. That is … Continue reading If we don’t stand for something, we’ll fall for anything … or so the Liberals hope, anyway

The new “normal”?

Robyn Urback, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I know millions of Canadians are thinking: "In a normal government – one susceptible to shame, subject to real consequences, humbled by its occasional fallibility – Finance Minister Bill Morneau would be made to walk the plank." But this is not a "normal" government and … Continue reading The new “normal”?

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