Where are we? (5)

Normally when I ask "where are we?" I am referring to our lack of military capability in our vast Arctic regions. This time it's an economic question. Here are two very similar charts: Both measure roughly the same thing: the world's most competitive economies in 2019. The chart on the left is from the highly … Continue reading Where are we? (5)

Blue-collar conservatism

Aereo is a British left-leaning e-zine (or maybe just a glorified blog) that has been around for just a few years. In a recent (December 2019) article written by its editor, Helen Puckrose and James A Lindsay (both of whom enjoyed a brief moment of fame a year or so ago for writing "20 fake … Continue reading Blue-collar conservatism

The Trudeau train wreck (2)

About ten months ago I wrote about Trudeau's train wreck. That time it was about a CN rail train carrying crude oil that went off the rails near the Saskatchewan-Mantiboa border. Now, of course, days after the event, the Globe and Mail has published a Reuters report which says that "Saskatchewan’s public-safety agency says crews … Continue reading The Trudeau train wreck (2)

A good step in the right direction

I've been banging on about nuclear energy from some months now, starting in June and going on over several posts leading into the fall. I'm sure my views had nothing to do with it, but I am very pleased to see that Doug Ford (Ontario), Blaine Higgs (New Brunswick) and Scott Moe (Saskatchewan) have all … Continue reading A good step in the right direction

Doing the right thing and doing it right

I saw this in a story in the Ottawa Sun a few days ago: "The province will invest more than $8.4 million to expand home and community care in Ottawa this year, half of that for The Ottawa Hospital’s YouCare@Home program ... [and] ... The announcement Friday by Merrilee Fullerton, minister of long-term care and a former … Continue reading Doing the right thing and doing it right

Canada and China

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye just the other day: First, Campbell Clark says that "Dominic Barton is the catch that Justin Trudeau wanted to get last time. Now he’s going to China after times have changed ... [because] ... Two Canadians are in Chinese jails, and Beijing’s official mouthpieces regularly fire derisive … Continue reading Canada and China

A good diagnosis and a useful prescription

Jack Mintz,  is a highly regarded economist who is the President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and who also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited and Morneau Shepell (Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau's family firm) and is the National Policy Advisor for Ernst & Young. He has written an … Continue reading A good diagnosis and a useful prescription