I had high hopes, back about three years ago, that Her Excellency Julie Payette would be a great governor-general. She was, I noted, an accomplished woman and could be an inspirational leader. She was not my first choice for the highest Canadian office ~ I thought, back in early 2016, that Chantal Petitclerc would have … Continue reading Is it time for a change?
Lorrie Goldstein, a veteran Toronto Sun journalist and a constant critic of Justin Trudeau's inept management of government, was, I hope, only trying to stir up a little controversy when he said, just the other day, on social media: My hope is that he was trying, indirectly, to remind us that we, Canadians, and … Continue reading Reviving democracy
The issue of official residences is back in the news. The folks in Official Ottawa Justin Trudeau's people, were caught lying, again being "economical with the truth." Let's be clear: Canada is a G7 country, by almost every sensible measure we are one of the world's "top ten" in almost everything. Our elected leader, even … Continue reading Official residences, again
Yesterday I asked everyone to come out and vote, but just the day before the ever-insightful John Ibbitson opined, in the Globe and Mail, that "With the general election less than two weeks away, and with the Liberals and Conservatives still tied in the polls, turnout could decide the result." Your vote does matter! He did … Continue reading Guessing games
There has been a massive wave of concern, some of it justified, about Governor General Julie Payette's remarks at a recent scientific conference. The concern has been exacerbated because both prime Minister Trudeau and Opposition Leader Scheer have waded in, on opposite side, of course. Her remarks were, in my opinion, pretty mainstream for someone … Continue reading Rookie mistake
CBC News is reporting that "Former astronaut Julie Payette will be the Queen's new representative in Canada ... [and] ... The 53-year-old Montrealer, who speaks six languages, will be named the 29th governor general." Mlle Payette is an accomplished person, and an inspirational leader and she will be a first rate Governor General.
In an article in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson, very rightly, pays tribute to David and Sharon Johnston ~ they have, indeed, been gracious and stalwart vice-regal couple. Mr Ibbitson concludes by asking "Who will replace him? The choice of governor-general," he explains "is a closely guarded secret that, to this writer’s knowledge, has … Continue reading The next GG
I hope everyone in Canada had a nice Victoria Day week-end ... but it's a bit of an anachronism, isn't it? How many of us, I wonder, can actually tell anyone else much of anything about Queen Victoria or why we still celebrate her birthday? Or, for that matter, who can tell us much about … Continue reading A thought after Victoria Day
Margaret Wente, writing in the Globe and Mail, makes an important point: "Today," she says "our challenge as a nation is not that we’ll succumb to nationalist chest-thumping. Our challenge is that we’ll succumb to historical amnesia. Our challenge is a tendency to rewrite history as a catalogue of wrongs inflicted by dead white men … Continue reading Our challenge
The media is, of course, full of reports about what happened, for better or worse, in 2016 and what will likely matter in 2017. For example: a team of journalists including John Ivison and David Akin take a look back in the National Post, and on the CBC website the Power & Politics panel ruminate … Continue reading The year in review and the year ahead