A fundamental shift?

Professor Branko Milanović, formerly lead economist in the World Bank Research Department, writes, in Foreign Affairs, that "As of March 2020, the entire world is affected by an evil with which it is incapable of dealing effectively and regarding whose duration no one can make any serious predictions. The economic repercussions of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading A fundamental shift?

Trudeau’s best hope

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, warns that "Financial crises can benefit a party in government, if voters decide the leader is capable and committed ... [as they did, he says, with only Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper over the last 65 years] ... More often, they’re a political disaster ... [and, he … Continue reading Trudeau’s best hope

Just in case no one noticed …

... my modest and coincidental little contribution to International Women's Day was to comment, for three days running, on interesting, thought-provoking articles by three über-smart women ... ... who have good ideas about important issues facing Canada and the world. I've been alive for a long time. Some will say that I haven;y learned much, … Continue reading Just in case no one noticed …

“But ’twas a famous victory …”

So, the public relations dust appears to be settling, a bit, and what now seems more or less clear is that, as the Star says, in an editorial, "The agreement reached over the weekend between the federal and B.C. governments on one side, and Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs on the other, amounts to a series of questions … Continue reading “But ’twas a famous victory …”

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

How to lose the next election

Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will be … Continue reading How to lose the next election

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work