Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

So, I saw this on social media: According to the Guardian, a reputable albeit somewhat progressive journal, "The [Australian] freight rail operator Aurizon has launched legal action against five environmental activists and is seeking $375,000 in compensation for a series of recent protests that stopped coal trains ... [and] ... Aurizon lodged a statement of claim … Continue reading Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

Derek Burney, who, over a long and distinguished career, has been a diplomat, political strategist, business executive and teacher, too, writes, in the National Post, that "It is times like this when Lucien Bouchard’s claim that “Canada is not a real country” has an eerie ring of truth. Protesters of many stripes have the upper … Continue reading Justin Trudeau has ceded the right to govern

It’s been embarrassing …

... to watch Prime Ministre Justin Trudeau playing the obsequious sycophant to various third-world despots as he tries to curry favour and bribe them into voting for Canada's bid to secure a worthless, powerless, temporary, second-class seat on the United Nations Security Council. He has seemed oblivious to the fact that he's bragging about Canada's … Continue reading It’s been embarrassing …

Exactly right

The Globe and Mail gets it exactly right in an editorial published a couple of days ago: "You can forgive Canadians," the Good Grey Globe says "for being confused ... [because] ... it has become the practice in this country to tread lightly when dealing with protests involving Indigenous people, even when the rule of … Continue reading Exactly right

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he "grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrific … Continue reading Getting it all wrong

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance

‘Trumpism’ is on the (global) rise

Fareed Zakaria, writing in the Washington Post, says that "President Trump’s speech here at the World Economic Forum  ... [in the week 20-24 January 20202] ... went over relatively well. That’s partly because Davos is a conclave of business executives, and they like Trump’s pro-business message. But mostly, the president’s reception was a testament to … Continue reading ‘Trumpism’ is on the (global) rise