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

The imposter

The Globe and Mail's Robert Fife and Daniel Leblanc seem to be, it appears, something like the "go-to guys" for Liberals who are fed up with Justin Trudeau's lies and unethical behaviours. This time they recount the sad story of "Montreal-area MP Eva Nassif [who] says she was denied the Liberal nomination in her riding … Continue reading The imposter

Another lie?

This was the headline on the Vancouver Sun's web page yesterday: The story (linked above) says that "The Liberal Party of Canada has again denied its leader Justin Trudeau ever had drinks with the controversial Faith Goldy, after another woman told the National Post she was with them at the Château Laurier in Ottawa one … Continue reading Another lie?

Another broken promise

Justin Trudeau is at it again! As Bill Curry and Michelle Zilio report in the Globe and Mail, "Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is delaying the release of independent reports on the cost of his promises and will not be submitting all of his election pledges for review by the Parliamentary Budget Officer ... [but 2019] … Continue reading Another broken promise

Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, about a week ago, suggests that the "ballot question" for October 2019 is shaping up to be: Which of these two guys do I dislike or mistrust more than the other? He says that "The end of the Labour Day long weekend – when people reluctantly bid … Continue reading Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss