Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

Two days ago I said that "there is a real, measurable difference between the Conservatives and the Trudeau Liberals on important vital strategic issues. Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland have failed pretty much every test, including renegotiating NAFTA. Why would anyone trust them with the reins of government again?" Then, yesterday I said "Canada and Canadians, and liberals and democrats … Continue reading Canada’s (missing) foreign policy

Going green rather than going broke

Author and educator Dan Gardner says, in the Globe and Mail, that "One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more ... [and, he says] ... There are several reasons to marvel at these facts, which were uncovered by Abacus Data earlier this year. … Continue reading Going green rather than going broke

Cold War 2.0 (2)

A few days ago I quoted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore who, in his opening address to the Shangri-la 2019 Dialogue,* which is (self) described by the International Institute of Strategic Studies as “Asia's premier defence summit … [which] … has built confidence and fostered practical security cooperation, by facilitating easy communication and … Continue reading Cold War 2.0 (2)

A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: "The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?" Dr Kagan reminds us that "The German question produced the … Continue reading Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Where is Europe headed?

While it is, nearly, impossible for one to contemplate what the next steps might be in the Brexit fiasco, the remainder of the European Union chugs along ... in a way. I see, in an article in the Express, that French President Emmanuel Marcon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have, in a ceremony in the … Continue reading Where is Europe headed?

Just a thought (4): Can the EU survive at all?

There is a slightly scary article in Foreign Affairs, by Helen Thompson, who is Professor of Political Economy at Cambridge, in which she says that "The European Union has always struggled to accommodate the democratic politics of its members. The problem became serious in 1999, with the creation of a currency union without an accompanying … Continue reading Just a thought (4): Can the EU survive at all?