Real priorities

High ranking Conservative MP Michelle Rempel-Garner is getting some serious criticism for a remark that I wish she hadn’t made, but it points up a bigger problem. As generally liberal political strategist and analyst Rick Anderson says: I agree and I am as guilty as anyone of “cheap partisanship.” I still guess that we are […]

Is our Parliament without value?

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, a few days ago, made a point that bears repeating: “The Liberal government,” his column is headlined, “is making a mockery of Canada’s parliamentary democracy.” That’s right: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, making parliamentary democracy in Canada “seem stupid or without value.” And […]

Just the beginning

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “This wasn’t the end of snap-election dramas. It was the beginning.” “We have,” he says “just entered the period of minority-Parliament power games that can end in an election campaign. That means the odds are that there will be a federal vote in months, rather […]

Bad news for Canada

So, now that the motion to establish a “Trudeau Corruption Committee” has failed and, therefore, we ought not to have an election, unless Prime Minister Trudeau is more desperate than even I imagined, I can turn to two articles in Foreign Affairs that caught my eye and which I think should be of interest to […]

An Election? Why?

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Marieke Walsh and Paul Waldie report that “The Liberals are threatening opposition parties with an election if the Conservatives move ahead Tuesday with their attempt to create a special “anti-corruption” committee in the House of Commons.” Well, Erin O’Toole and the Conservatives did that very thing today, […]

The Trump Effect (5)

Mark MacKinnon, the Globe and Mail’s senior international corespondent, says, in a recent article in that newspaper, that “No matter what happens on U.S. election day, no one will ever say that Donald Trump did not leave his mark on the world during his time as President of the United States.” I had hoped that […]

I have a dream …

I mentioned, a couple of months ago, my hopes, for the Conservative Party under Erin O’Toole’s leadership. Now, borrowing a famous phrase from a great man: I have a dream … I have a dream that one day, soon, this nation will come to its senses and that the people in the suburbs around Halifax, […]

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 […]

Those fabulous fifties?

Anyone else remember the 1950s? Norman Spector, a former federal and provincial public servant, who served at the very highest levels of government, diplomat (Ambassador to Israel), corporate “communications” (public relations) guru and author, remembers: And so do I. But I don’t just remember high school dances and young love, because the 1950s were a […]

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 […]