Experiencing things diffrently

I’ve just been reading the former Governor General’s statement announcing her (welcome) retirement. First, let me say that I wish her well. While, as I said several years ago, I believed (and still believe) that there was (and still is) a better choice, near at hand, she is a capable and accomplished, indeed an inspirational …

Derek Sloan

I said, about six moths ago, that “First, let me say that I respect Derek Sloan and while I neither share nor accept his views on too many issues I know that he speaks for a large constituency of good, honest decent people. But I could not give him even a fourth-place vote because that would indicate …

What’s worse?

I can understand that a few of you are going to say 1 because, either: You think it displays poor political judgment for any Canadian politician to put on a hat that says ‘Make America Great Again;’ orYou think that anything any Conservative ever does is wrong while anything that Justin Trudeau might have done …

It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fully …

Desperation

“It will surprise no one,” the Globe and Mail’s John Ibbitson wrote in that newspaper, “if investigations into the attack on the Capitol Building last Wednesday conclude the Proud Boys were among the main culprits.” And it will surprise even fewer (if that’s even possible) that the Liberal Party will try to use whatever tool …

Simple incompetence?

Do we all remember Hanlon’s razor? It doesn’t have quite as much philosophical weight as Occam’s razor, given that Mr Hanlon seems to have submitted it (1980) as part of a compilation of jokes about Murphy’s Law, which everyone who has ever been in he military, in any country, knows is not a joking matter …

For shame!

This is a plea to the Canadian media ~ not all of it I hasten to add, just the parts that want to be treated like RT and Xinhua and, in return for government funding, shamelessly spout the Liberal party line. As you, yourselves, admit, there are some serious issues in Canada, right now, today, …

Doing what’s right

There is a good deal of fuss on social media about this issue: “Federal inmates to start receiving coronavirus vaccinations this week,” according to a report by Global News. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole reacted in a way that I believe is ill-advised: Inmates, whether federal or provincial are in our, society’s “care” while they are …

How much is enough? (3)

Usually, when I ask “How much is enough?” I’m arguing for spending 2% of GDP on our national defence or for fiscal discipline. Over two years ago I said, “we do not, I believe, have a revenue problems in Canada, we have spending problems ~ not just one, almost everything, except perhaps making interest payments …

Where are we? (7)

So, I saw this in the Newcastle Herald: “There was a tinge of sadness this week as the chapter closed on one of the Australian Defence Force’s most enduring combat aircraft, the Williamtown-based classic F/A-18 Hornet … [and] … A mainstay of Williamtown RAAF Base’s exemplary No. 77 Squadron, the Hornets are being grounded as …