Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?

Failure after failure after failure after …

... well, you get the picture. Justin Trudeau came into office in 2015 proclaiming that Canada is Back! Of course, as recent events have shown, nothing could be further from the truth. By almost every measure Canada has fallen in wealth, power and international stature since Justin Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper at the head of … Continue reading Failure after failure after failure after …

China is a bully

"China is a bully," says Scottish journalist Stephen Daisley, writing in The Spectator, and "the sooner the West understands that, the sooner we can begin to push back." I think that much, even most of the West does understand that. The evidence has been mounting for years, starting with China's push into the contested waters … Continue reading China is a bully

This is so wrong

I see, in a CTV News story, that: "With the price of Canadian crude at or near historic lows, Irving Oil has plans to tap into that supply for the Saint John refinery, but some eyebrows have been raised over how they plan to bring the crude to New Brunswick ...[because, while] ... For years, rail … Continue reading This is so wrong

The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper's PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party's HQ all read and take … Continue reading The Conservative problem

The first plan

I see that Saskatchewan is the first province to announce its plan to reopen. According to a report in the Globe and Mail, "Saskatchewan has laid out a detailed, comprehensive plan to reopen its economy, the first province in the country to do so ... [and] ...The plan, laid out in five phases, will start … Continue reading The first plan

A big idea

So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau's government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, "Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate for … Continue reading A big idea

It’s time to plan the next step

Following on from yesterday, I see an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail by Dr Eric Hoskins, a physician and the former Health Minister of Ontario, who says that "Here’s the COVID-19-related question I am asked most: “When will life get back to normal?” There is no definitive answer, unfortunately. But there are important, … Continue reading It’s time to plan the next step

A yellow light reopening

Abbas Rana, writing in the Hill Times, says that "With the country deep in the throes of a deadly global pandemic, veteran pollsters are predicting that the next federal election will be a referendum on how Justin Trudeau’s minority government managed COVID-19 and its impact on Canadians after this global crisis is over." He quotes … Continue reading A yellow light reopening

A crisis of governance

I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance