John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, suggests that Justin Trudeau might want to try what former diplomat, national strategic planner in the Privy Council Office, and commentator David Mulroney refers to (on social media) as... ... "the "Ostrich" school of Canadian foreign policy." It has, he says, two pillars: First, "Canada has no … Continue reading But that may prove impossible.
David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, tells us that "Canadians won’t be allowed to work on parts of the country’s new surveillance aircraft because they contain sensitive American-made equipment that can only be handled by U.S. citizens." First, this 'NOFORN' designation is fairly (and I'm told increasingly) common in the United States. Canada has … Continue reading Not surprising (2)
Colin Freeze, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "For the first time in Canada, the federal attorney-general has overridden a judge’s order to release documents that the government considers to be national-security secrets ... [specifically] ... Attorney-General David Lametti signed a secrecy certificate to prevent details about a Canadian Security Intelligence Service surveillance operation … Continue reading Collisions
This story, by Stephen Chase and Robert Fife, in the Globe and Mail, is troubling on two levels: First, it exposes what I believe to be a key issue in the US vs. China struggle: the danger posed (or not) by Huawei to the global (or maybe not so global) 5G initiative; and Second, it … Continue reading Troubling
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
Following on from yesterday, I see that Alice Wu, the Hong Kong journalist (not Alice Wu who is a Taiwanese-American filmmaker nor Alice Wu who is an economist and Harvard) has written an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post that I think gets to the very heart of Hong Kong's problems. "It is … Continue reading More on Hong Kong and Leadership: It’s time for a change
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