Civil war

A successful political party, the famous British Conservative, Quintin Hogg, Lord Hailsham, said needs two things to prosper politically: A sense of conviction; and A sense of direction. It seems to me that the Liberal Party of Canada has been lacking one or the other or, sometimes, both since the mid-1960s. The problem, I believe,Continue reading “Civil war”

I hope …

Warren Kinsella used to run Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s campaign “war room” back in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was not, I think, one of the Manley Liberals, but his Liberal roots are strong and deep and he is extraordinarily critical of Justin Trudeau, as is former Liberal Pary of Canada president (1998-2003) Stephen Ledrew.Continue reading “I hope …”

2019: the campaign starts

I saw two recent articles that pique my interest: First, the Canadian Press, reproduced in the Globe and Mail, reports that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has turned to veteran Liberal Jeremy Broadhurst to run the governing party’s bid for re-election this fall … [and] … Broadhurst, who is currently serving as chief of staff toContinue reading “2019: the campaign starts”

Some good news: a self-inflicted wound

Global News has developed a seat projection by blending the results of polls done by “Nanos, Forum, Angus Reid, Leger and Mainstreet conducted between mid-March and mid-April … [and they say] … Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party is likely to win — but not by a majority … [the polls represent] … over 15,000 individual interviews,Continue reading “Some good news: a self-inflicted wound”

“I have some decisions to make …” (The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (3))

Parliamentary reporter Gloria Galloway writes in the Globe and Mail that “Jane Philpott is assessing her political options after being told she is not wanted as a Liberal and says she could run as a candidate for the New Democrats or the Greens, or even as an independent, in the election next fall … [and]Continue reading ““I have some decisions to make …” (The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (3))”

The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould on the record

A few days ago, in his regular “last word” segment, Don Martin, of CTV News, said that “And so, undoubtedly to the relief of a scandal-fatigued public outside of the parliamentary bubble, the SNC-Lavalin saga approaches the end of its two-month, non-stop news cycle … [because] … With the leaks, hearings, firings, aftershock scrums, more leaksContinue reading “The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould on the record”

Leaders give, they do not take

In the earliest days of the blog I said that we should look to Louis St Laurent, a mid 20th century Liberal, as a model for modern Conservative political leaders. My point was that the Liberal Party that St Laurent led, in the 1950s, was fiscally prudent, healthily nationalistic, socially moderate, mildly, progressive, committed to nationalContinue reading “Leaders give, they do not take”

The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (2)

So, our man-child prime minister, who cannot understand principles and who cannot tolerate criticism removed Dr Jane Philpott from the caucus. He did so before the caucus, itself, had a chance to debate the issue, likely, I suspect for two reasons: Someone, Gerald Butts is still, very likely, pulling his strings, told him that heContinue reading “The Honourable Jane Philpott, on the record (2)”

Dumb …

So, I see, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expelled Jody Wilson-Raybould from the caucus Wednesday evening for criticizing his role in attempting to shelve the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.“ It’s a dumb move by a weak leader prime minister who is afraid of two principled women.Continue reading “Dumb …”

“This is the about the integrity of the government”

““We are treading on dangerous ground here – and I am going to issue my stern warning – because I cannot act in a manner and the prosecution cannot act in a manner that is not objective, that isn’t independent,” she says. “This is the about the integrity of the government. … This is goingContinue reading ““This is the about the integrity of the government””