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

How to effect change

A couple of days ago I said that "Both Ms Wilson-Raybould and Dr Philpott have, for now, at least, remained in the Liberal caucus, where they I think belong ... [because, back in 2015] ... they signed on to the established Liberal programme, they campaigned as Liberals, they were, both, leaders within that great party and … Continue reading How to effect change


Michael Sona, a former Conservative political 'operator' who was convicted in the 2011 Robocalls affair, suggests, on social media, that Jody Wilson-Raybould is vulnerable in her testimony, later today: Does it really matter if Ms Wilson-Raybould was the source of the information that Steven Chase, Robert Fife and Sean Fine used when they broke the … Continue reading Checkmate?

What now?

What, now, I wonder, for e.g. Wayne Long, the fair minded Liberal MP representing Saint John Rothesay in New Brunswick or, for that matter, for any Canadian interested in learning the truth about the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould affair? Some people, notably John Ibbitson, (same link) think that "Everything eventually comes out. Everything;" and he said, (same … Continue reading What now?

Let’s get serious about the Shawcross doctrine

So, a follow up report in the Globe and Mail, again by Robert Fife, Steven Chase and Sean Fine, says that some "senior government officials confirmed to The Globe and Mail on Friday that discussions were held with Jody Wilson-Raybould when she was justice minister and attorney-general on options in the case of SNC-Lavalin Group … Continue reading Let’s get serious about the Shawcross doctrine