Wither Hong Kong?

There is an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Tom Grimmer, a Canadian consultant and commentator who is based in Hong Kong, that I think is a "must-read" for everyone who wants to understand what's going on in Hong Kong. He analyzes the nature of the people who are out in the streets … Continue reading Wither Hong Kong?

Butts is Back

India is back on the front burner in Canadian politics. Remember the disastrous Trudeau trip in February of 2018? Well, noted Canadian journalist and commentator John Ivison interviewed Gerald Butts for a new book, 'Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister," which will be released in just a couple of days. In his own column, … Continue reading Butts is Back

He doesn’t get it

Welcome to August ... summer flies by so quickly, doesn't it? Soon, in less than three months, the leaves will have turned and we Canadians will be going to the polls. I see, in an article in Le Journal de Montréal, that "Le chef du Parti populaire, Maxime Bernier, promet d'installer une clôture sur le … Continue reading He doesn’t get it

A linguistic dilemma

I see an article in the Globe and Mail that says that "Franco-Ontarian parents have long complained that the province’s French-language schools admit too many pupils who aren’t French speakers, putting in jeopardy their children’s linguistic development ... [and] ... Now, Ontario’s French school boards are facing the prospect of a constitutional challenge over the … Continue reading A linguistic dilemma

I think the Good Grey Globe is right

In a recent editorial, dated 15 July 2019, the Globe and Mail's editorial board says, and I agree, that "Donald Trump is a racist. Or at the very least, he’s an exceedingly faithful re-enactor of some of history’s worst racist tropes. The President of the United States proved that once again on Sunday, when he … Continue reading I think the Good Grey Globe is right

Two issues

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, touches on a couple of issues that always concern me: restoring correct relations, including free(er) trade with China and immigration policy, and he revisits his thesis, in his recent book (with Darell Bricker), Empty Planet, which says that global populations are declining, even collapsing, in China's case. "Canada’s … Continue reading Two issues

Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)