How bilingual? (2)

Rosemary Barton, CBC News' newly-minted Chief Political Correspondent visits my issue of "How bilingual?" in an Analysis (in reality and opinion piece) which could, pretty clearly, have been written by any recent Liberal prime minister's Director of Communications. (Maybe she's looking for a new job given that Kate Purchase jumped ship in late December and … Continue reading How bilingual? (2)

How to lose the next election

Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will be … Continue reading How to lose the next election

How bilingual?

There is a provocative opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, by journalist, author and publisher Kenneth Whyte, who is, also, Chair of the Board of the (fairly conservative) Donner Canadian Foundation, which did not, I think, get sufficient attention. In it, he says that it’s time the Conservative Party reconsidered its unstated but very … Continue reading How bilingual?

Conservative leadership, again

There is a very useful survey, by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, about three potential CPC leaders ... ... Jean Charest, Erin O'Toole and Pierre Poilievre. Mr Ibbitson, a keen and respected political observer says that: "Mr. O’Toole placed a respectable third in the 2017 leadership race. He has had a life outside … Continue reading Conservative leadership, again

Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It's far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I'm reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed to … Continue reading Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy

Zi-Ann Lum, writing in the Huffington Post, quotes former Canadian Security Intelligence Service chief (and also former Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet and National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister and Deputy Minister of National Defence) Dick Fadden who said that "recent Conservative and Liberal governments have “failed abominably” on foreign policy work with China." … Continue reading Canada’s lack of a Foreign Policy

We have a spending problem

I apologize, in advance, for a long post full of numbers and charts and economic jargon, but all this ties back to something I said a few days ago: "I am, personally, disappointed that Andrew Scheer has come out as something approaching a big government Conservative. I had hoped that he might put restoring some fiscal … Continue reading We have a spending problem