Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

@dolighan gets it

Editorial cartoonist Tim Dolighan, drawing in the Toronto Sun, seems, to me, to perfectly capture Jagmeet Singh’s dilemma: The New Democrats are NOT ready for an election. Neither, in my opinion, is the Conservative Party, but it is in far, far better shape than is the fourth party in Parliament. Thus, the Tories can blusterContinue reading “@dolighan gets it”

Just the beginning

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “This wasn’t the end of snap-election dramas. It was the beginning.“ “We have,” he says “just entered the period of minority-Parliament power games that can end in an election campaign. That means the odds are that there will be a federal vote in months, ratherContinue reading “Just the beginning”

A really important guy …

Our news is full of Justin Trudeau, Erin O’Toole, Chrystia Freeland, Jagmeet Singh and, now, Annamie Paul and so on … … and they matter, and what they say and do matters, too, whether it is Ms Freeland refusing to give Parliament her estimate of this year’s deficit, Mr Singh being reminded that a fewContinue reading “A really important guy …”

Those fabulous fifties?

Anyone else remember the 1950s? Norman Spector, a former federal and provincial public servant, who served at the very highest levels of government, diplomat (Ambassador to Israel), corporate “communications” (public relations) guru and author, remembers: And so do I. But I don’t just remember high school dances and young love, because the 1950s were aContinue reading “Those fabulous fifties?”

My worst fear

Back about a decade ago the conventional political wisdom was that Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted “a two-party system, one that pitted right against left, free enterprise against socialism, Conservatives against New Democrats.” I never agreed with that view … and I was never sure that was what Prime Minister Harper actually wanted because IContinue reading “My worst fear”

Absolutely!

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says “The House of Commons is scheduled to return Monday. Obviously, all 338 MPs must not convene. But the time has come for regular sittings of the House, either real or virtual. Despite the COVID-19 emergency – no, because of it – we need the return ofContinue reading “Absolutely!”

How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

Dr Nouriel Roubini is a world-famous economist. He is Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates. He was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the USContinue reading “How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.”

Buyer’s remorse?

I see that the Angus Reid Institute has new polling data that says that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his minority Liberal government are bearing the scars of what has been a most bruising start to a federal government’s year … [because] … While the first 60 days of 2019 were defined by a political scandal,Continue reading “Buyer’s remorse?”