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

Good to see …

These are some recent pictures of the ground-crew (is the proper term deck-crew?) load crew* of HMCS Halifax mounting (and arming?) a Mk 46 torpedo on a brand new CH-148 Cyclone helicopter:   HMCS Halifax is, currently, deployed on Op REASSURANCE where she will replace HMCS Toronto in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. 'The Cyclone was, … Continue reading Good to see …

Turmoil in the air

CBC News has published a Thomson-Reuters report which says that "Airbus SE and Boeing Co. may pull out of a bidding process to supply Canada with new fighter jets because they say the contest is unfairly tilted toward Lockheed Martin Corp, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation said on Monday ... [and] ... The … Continue reading Turmoil in the air

Searching for a role in a Cold War 2.0 world

This follows my posts from a few days ago about Cold War 2.0 and a possible role for the small and medium powers. Eugene Lang, a long-time Liberal insider and, currently, a fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute (CGAI) and an adjunct professor in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, has written a timely … Continue reading Searching for a role in a Cold War 2.0 world

He was right, so is she

Almost a week ago I said that I agreed with former ambassador to China David Mulroney's view that making Jean Chrétien a sort of "ordinary" ambassador (one with a limited, special mission ~ our permanent ambassadors are, officially, according to the Congress of Vienna (1815) ambassadeurs extraordinaire et plénipotentiaire) would be a mistake because, as … Continue reading He was right, so is she

One problem … and another

I saw this story (in the Globe and Mail, and elsewhere) about the idea of sending former Prime Minister Jean Chétien to China to negotiate for the release of Canadian being held as, essentially, hostages by China, and, one presumes, to do what Chrystia Freeland cannot, because the Chinese Foreign Minister will not talk to Canada's … Continue reading One problem … and another