Typical … and dumb

Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, reports that "Politicians warned Wednesday Canadians can expect weeks or months of social distancing, but declined to reveal their own models or estimates of just how many people could become infected or die of COVID-19 ... [but] ... While federal and provincial leaders stressed the need for Canadians to … Continue reading Typical … and dumb

Is Canada liable? To whom?

Teresa Wright, of the Canadian Press, says, in an article published in the Globe and Mail, that "Refugee advocates say Canada could be in legal hot water if the United States deports asylum seekers turned away from Canada as part of a broader deal with the U.S. to close the border to all but non-essential … Continue reading Is Canada liable? To whom?

Parliament worked for us

There's a good article, by Neil Moss and Peter Mazereeuw in the Hill Times in which they quote Canadian parliamentary government expert, Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University who says that "despite the crisis, there still remains a place for Parliamentarians to scrutinize the government ... [and] ... the role of Parliament is laid out … Continue reading Parliament worked for us

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown "has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic ... [and] ... The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts … Continue reading Exactly back-asswards

Is the cure worse than the disease?

Richard Milne, the Nordic and Baltic Correspondent for the Financial Times, reports that "Jacob Wallenberg ... [the Swedish industrialist, whose family investment vehicle has controlling stakes in companies from telecoms equipment maker Ericsson to one of Europe's premier corporate banks] ... warned governments to weigh the economic threat from coronavirus more heavily or risk depression, social … Continue reading Is the cure worse than the disease?

The return of the nation

Gideon Rachman, writing in the Financial Times, says that despite the popularity of the idea of a borderless world, which became near gospel about 30 years ago, "borders are now returning with a vengeance," and their return, he says, is being driven by the frightening spread of the COVID- 19 corona-virus. "When the pandemic passes, … Continue reading The return of the nation

Do what’s right

So, I see, in a report by Sean Kirkpatrick of the Canadian Press, published in the Globe and Mail, and confirmed by others ... ... that "The Liberal government announced late Monday that it has agreed to change draft legislation that proposed to grant itself wide-reaching new powers to tax and spend without parliamentary approval … Continue reading Do what’s right