Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that "Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil Wars … Continue reading Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Minds made up?

According to a report in the Toronto Sun, "There hasn’t been a major shift in voter support in the wake of an ethics commissioner report [on the prime minister's ethical failing regarding] SNC-Lavalin, but the latest numbers still don’t look good for Justin Trudeau’s Liberals." Many Canadians, it appears to me, made up their minds … Continue reading Minds made up?

Of course

The Globe and Mail reports that "A Liberal-dominated Parliamentary committee has quashed an effort by opposition parties to further probe the SNC-Lavalin affair ... [and] ... The House of Commons Ethics Committee, on which the governing Liberals hold the most seats, voted down a proposal to hear from federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion and up … Continue reading Of course

Storm warnings

I said, a long time ago, that I thought that many potential Conservative leaders, Rona Ambrose and John Baird, amongst them, sat out the 2017 Conservative Party leadership contest because they were convinced, and the historical evidence supports them, that Justin Trudeau, having won a solid majority in 2015, was almost guaranteed at least a … Continue reading Storm warnings

More on the Senate

I am returning to the subject of the Senate, after only a few days, because of a column that John Ibitson wrote for the Globe and Mail about two weeks ago. He said, and I agree, that, "For most of Canada’s history, the Senate has been an embarrassment, viewed by the public as an unelected … Continue reading More on the Senate

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted

They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team, specifically chief of staff, Katie Telford, Quebec adviser Mathieu Bouchard and senior adviser Elder Marques, have availed themselves of the services two outside law firms to help them cope with an investigation by the federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office … Continue reading They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy