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?

The Constitution

There is, from about two weeks ago, a very interesting article, in the Globe and Mail, by Professor Richard Albert who is the William Stamps Farish Professor of Law at the University of Texas at Austin, a former law clerk for chief justice Beverley McLachlin, and the author of Constitutional Amendments: Making, Breaking, and Changing Constitutions. Professor … Continue reading The Constitution

Congratulations, Alberta

Albertans are to be congratulated for what appears to be, according to some reports, a (near) record-breaking turnout in yesterday's general election. Congratulations, also, to Rachel Notley who certainly has, as she is quoted, by the Globe and Mail, as having said in her concession speech, "fundamentally changed the politics of this province forever ... … Continue reading Congratulations, Alberta

Did Prime Minister Trudeau screw up Indo-Canadian relations, again?

According to a report by Rahul Kalvapalle of Global News, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has, yet again, managed to annoy India, the world greatest democracy and an emerging major social, economic and military power, by, yet again, pandering to a domestic political pressure group ~ Sikh Canadians ~ at the expense of our diplomatic and trade … Continue reading Did Prime Minister Trudeau screw up Indo-Canadian relations, again?

The right kind of enemies?

Aaron Wherry, writing for CBC News, says that "Justin Trudeau would probably prefer that Rachel Notley remain premier of Alberta. He'd likely rather have ex-Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne still running things in Queen's Park ... [but, he says] ... in lieu of allies and like-minded leaders, Jason Kenney and Doug Ford could provide Justin Trudeau with something he … Continue reading The right kind of enemies?

A special place in hell

I wrote, a bit more than a week ago, about the words and deeds that are, steadily, pushing more and more Brits, including even some Remainers, towards accepting, even welcoming a "no deal" or Hard Brexit. Now I see two articles that suggest that it's just getting worse in Europe, as frustrations, on both sides, … Continue reading A special place in hell

Cabinet making

A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the "ideal" cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the "best" government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century, … Continue reading Cabinet making