Alternative history (2): More on the Brexit

This post is, mostly, conjecture. I remain convinced that a hard head says that the Brexit is a mistake but I am also persuaded that Britons voted, in a slight majority, with their hearts, not their heads, and I hope they were right. Lawrence Summers, a noted economist, the former president of Harvard University and […]

A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US […]

Will President Trump provoke a descent back into hell?

Robert Kagan, the realist, or as he prefers to call himself, the liberal-interventionist historian, who is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has written a rather frightening essay in Foreign Affairs which is headlined: “The New German Question ~ What Happens When Europe Comes Apart?” Dr Kagan reminds us that “The German question produced the […]

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: China expands, again … this time into Italy

So, just a few months ago the budget battles between Italy and the EU were seen, by some observers, as being even more important for the future of Europe than was the Brexit. The headline in Bloomberg Businessweek shouted that “The EU Is More Worried About Italy Than Brexit ~ Brussels can handle losing London, but […]

Where is Europe headed?

While it is, nearly, impossible for one to contemplate what the next steps might be in the Brexit fiasco, the remainder of the European Union chugs along … in a way. I see, in an article in the Express, that French President Emmanuel Marcon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have, in a ceremony in the […]

A big idea

Yesterday I talked about two, interconnected, ideas that I want Andrew Scheer to pursue: building pipelines and re-equipping Canada’s military with Canadian made vehicles.  Now here’s another … Watch this short video, please. It shows the world’s GDP from 1960 until 2017 … you’ll see that the USA is consistently on the top and Canada is, […]

Problems, problems …

As Britain’s exit route, if there is one, at all, from the European Union becomes more and more entangled with domestic political rocks and potholes, the French plan solidify the remnants of the EU faces renewed and stiffening challenges from the so-called New Hanseatic League about which I wrote last month. Now, I see in […]

A G9 … or something?

Ivo H. Daalder, who is president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and who served as the US ambassador to NATO from 2009-2013, and James M. Lindsay, who is senior vice president, director of studies, and Maurice R. Greenberg chair at the Council on Foreign Relations, have written a provocative essay , headlined, ‘The Committee to […]

Arrant nonsense

According to a report from Global News, “U.S. President Donald Trump injected fresh drama into an already tense meeting of the Group of Seven major industrialized nations Friday, calling for Russia, ousted for its the annexation of Crimea, to be reinstated … [and] … Trump made the comment at the White House Friday after hours […]

Gee whiz … the G what?

I see that the Globe and Mail reports that “Canada will focus on climate change and gender equality, among other themes, when it takes the helm of the G7 presidency next year, potentially drawing more attention to the differences of opinion between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump.” The G7 … oh, […]