The imposter

The Globe and Mail's Robert Fife and Daniel Leblanc seem to be, it appears, something like the "go-to guys" for Liberals who are fed up with Justin Trudeau's lies and unethical behaviours. This time they recount the sad story of "Montreal-area MP Eva Nassif [who] says she was denied the Liberal nomination in her riding … Continue reading The imposter

Institutions

Most experts in the world agree that strong socio-political, administrative, legal and regulatory institutions are what underpin social harmony and prosperity in successful societies. I have suggested, more than once, that China is making a strategic blunder by undermining the (limited) progress it has made in strengthening its legal and administrative institutions as it tries … Continue reading Institutions

Let’s have a defence policy debate

About a week ago the Toronto Sun opined, in an editorial, that "These past four years have seen a significant number of headlines that involve our defence priorities and the Canadian Armed Forces, yet politicians shy away from drawing any further attention to the issues ... [but] ... That ought to change. We need to have … Continue reading Let’s have a defence policy debate

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?

I really don’t understand …

... what Xi Jinping and the small handful of men and women who surround him are thinking. I cannot make any strategic sense out of their handling of the Hong Kong situation. It seems to me, and I would be very grateful if someone would tell me why and how I am wrong, that a … Continue reading I really don’t understand …

The plan

So, about a week ago I speculated on how British Prime Minister Boris Johnson might have a November election, even as early as 1 November, the day after the UK "crashes out" of the European Union with a "no-deal" Brexit. Almost three weeks ago I speculated on how that "no-deal" Brexit might shape Britain and … Continue reading The plan

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