Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Continue reading “Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

What Canada needs

Just the other day I suggested that everyone, including Canada, will have to adapt to whatever happens in the United Kingdom over the next 100(-) days. John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, picks up on that and puts some flesh on the bare bones of my concerns. "On Oct. 21, voters will choose … Continue reading What Canada needs

War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that "Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, … Continue reading War in the “grey zone”

Are Andrew Scheer and the Good, Grey Globe right about China?

In an editorial, the Globe and Mail says that "After Canada arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in December, pursuant to an extradition request from the United States, China started hitting back. First came the arrest of two Canadians on trumped-up charges. And then, two months ago, Beijing began taking aim at Canada’s top export ... … Continue reading Are Andrew Scheer and the Good, Grey Globe right about China?

China, finally, takes aim at its real enemy

This follows from yesterday's post about Sino-Canadian relations and how to mend them. China has been lashing out at Canada for the past few weeks, including using what some observers call 'hostage diplomacy,' ever since Meng Wanzhou's detention, in Vancouver, in response to a US extradition warrant. Now, as the deadline for filing the paperwork … Continue reading China, finally, takes aim at its real enemy

Mea culpa: I’m told, by someone who knows, that I’m wrong on free trade with China

This is the third of a series of articles expressing my concerns about China's rise and Sino-Canadian relations, especially trade relations. Two came yesterday and this is the conclusion ... for the moment. Just yesterday I said that " We want it to be a trading partner and a fair competitor in the marketplaces of business … Continue reading Mea culpa: I’m told, by someone who knows, that I’m wrong on free trade with China