Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that "Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil Wars … Continue reading Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, about a week ago, suggests that the "ballot question" for October 2019 is shaping up to be: Which of these two guys do I dislike or mistrust more than the other? He says that "The end of the Labour Day long weekend – when people reluctantly bid … Continue reading Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

Is your vote for sale?

Is your vote for sale? Justin Trudeau sure hopes it is ... and he's offering cold hard cash, your tax dollars and mine, to buy your vote. David Akin, writing for Global News, says that "Overall, for the month of August, the Liberals made 4,545 new spending commitments worth a combined $12.8 billion": This has, … Continue reading Is your vote for sale?

I take Justin Trudeau at his word, Canadians should, too

There is a recent article by Rosemary Barton on the CBC News website which promotes a new book by her fellow CBC News journalist Aaron Wherry, which relies heavily on several interviews with Justin Trudeau ~ but none with Jody Wilson-Raybould, of course, because, as she explained to Mr Wherry, she is still bound by … Continue reading I take Justin Trudeau at his word, Canadians should, too

Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news