Prognostications (1)

Veteran political commentator Gloria Galloway, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says, and I agree 100%, that “The Conservatives are, understandably, bitter about losing the 2019 race. It seemed an easy stroll to victory given the blackface incident and other foibles of the Liberals and leader Justin Trudeau.” But, she adds, “though the Tories took theContinue reading “Prognostications (1)”

Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

I’m afraid that my slight bastardization of Shakespear’s line (Macbeth Act 1, scene 4, 7–8) will be overused in the next few days to describe Andrew Scheer’s decision to resign as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He did so, we are told, at a special caucus meeting, and then in a graceful speechContinue reading “Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it”

Joyce Murray is in

So, I see that Joyce Murray has been appointed as President of the Treasury Board, this is, as the CBC says, “the third cabinet shuffle in three months for the prime minister, after a domino effect of resignations starting with former Treasury Board president Scott Brison, then Wilson-Raybould from her new posting at veterans affairs, then Philpott.Continue reading “Joyce Murray is in”

Canada and China, and vital interests, and the global strategic environment

Sorry, I’m still on about China: further to my recent comments, yesterday, and a few days ago, especially my suggestion that Canada should “engage with China in friendly (but not allied), and especially free(er) trading, relationships ~ China is not our enemy, it is, simply, a competitor in many markets, including the marketplace of ideasContinue reading “Canada and China, and vital interests, and the global strategic environment”

Self destruct? Not likely …

Lorrie Goldstein, writing in the Toronto Sun, says that “The federal Conservatives these days are a textbook example of the political reality that if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything … The latest example, ” he says, “is a bizarre brawl in the party over leadership contender Kellie Leitch’s logical proposal that immigrants to CanadaContinue reading “Self destruct? Not likely …”


Rumours are circulating that Candice Bergen, Erin O’Toole and Michelle Rempel are all considering entering the CPC leadership race … … which would be good news. I think we want a big, exciting, even colourful field that represents ALL of Canada, coast to coast, and ALL points of view, from Red Tories to fiscal hawksContinue reading “Rumours”

Worth remembering …

… as we, Conservatives, look for a Party Leader:  and then bring us together arund We will need a “big tent” in order to both bring people back to the CPC and to attract new people into the Party. That means a big, broad minded, open minded leader who will find ways to offer something toContinue reading “Worth remembering …”

If this is true …

… then it would be a big win for Alberta and, potentially, a loss for the national political stage. The “this,” which I saw this morning, is a report in the Globe and Mail (which is behind a paywall so,under the Fair Dealing provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act I am quoting large chunks of itContinue reading “If this is true …”

Beggar thy neighbour

In an article in the Calgary Sun, David Akin reports that Vancouver Mayor (and formed NDP MLA) Gregor Robertson, who campaigned for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is visiting Ottawa and is looking to collect … by asking the prime minister “to spike a project that see more Alberta crude shipped to export markets through the Port ofContinue reading “Beggar thy neighbour”

Is she the one? Or is it her?

Two items caught my eye, yesterday: First, in the National Post, there is a report that some MPs, including Shannon Stubbs from Alberta and Pierre Poilievre from Ontario have supported a “Draft Rona Ambrose” campaign that was started by Scott Reid, a six-term Ontario MP. Reid wants to overturn the part of the CPC constitution that blocks the interimContinue reading “Is she the one? Or is it her?”