“The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

There is, it seems to me, a concerted effort to bring the case of the "Two Michals," Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, two Canadians being detained in China as an act of hostage diplomacy in a larger contest between China and the US-led West, back into the public eye. This, for example, is the (online) … Continue reading “The law is clear,” but the political and policy implications are murky

Building a better nationalism (2)

About a year ago, at the end of a review of someone else's ideas about nationalism, I said, "I believe that, in about 1950, Canada developed a healthy nationalism, but it didn’t survive into the 1970s. It was replaced by an unreasonable dream of a socialist nirvana in which Canadians could live off the fat of the land while … Continue reading Building a better nationalism (2)

And this, too …

David Mulroney, a former very senior official who was, during a career and included many important posts, Canada's Ambassador to China said this on social media: The "this" to which he was referring was the latest scandal to engulf the Liberals, in this case, according to the Globe and Mail, Joyce Murray, the Trudeau minister … Continue reading And this, too …

The right decision

I see, in the Globe and Mail, in a report by James Brunskill of the Canadians Press, that "The federal ethics commissioner says there is no reason to believe former Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick broke the conflict-of-interest law during the SNC-Lavalin affair." Commissioner Mario Dion said that "“the individuals who acted under the direction … Continue reading The right decision

Thumb on the scales (2)

Back about six months ago I accused the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals of having their figurative thumb on the scales of electoral politics as ministers crisscrossed the country in the pre-writ period, making spending announcements with great fanfare, when government departments and political parties are forbidden to advertise. Now I see, in an article in the Globe … Continue reading Thumb on the scales (2)

Doing things right

There is a very interesting article in the Globe and Mail about a proposed new housing development in Vancouver. The development is interesting on a number of levels, because: "Planners are looking at providing parking for only 10 per cent of the apartments, far below the usual minimum ... [because] ... reducing the amount of … Continue reading Doing things right

Damned if he does

This post, from the estimable and retired senior civil servant, diplomat and political insider (he was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff after holding a senior appointment in both provincial and the national cabinet offices) Norman Spector pretty much sums up Justin Trudeau's dilemma: I'm not going to repeat (well, not more than just this once) … Continue reading Damned if he does

Guessing games

Yesterday I asked everyone to come out and vote, but just the day before the ever-insightful John Ibbitson opined, in the Globe and Mail, that "With the general election less than two weeks away, and with the Liberals and Conservatives still tied in the polls, turnout could decide the result." Your vote does matter! He did … Continue reading Guessing games

One set of rules …

This story, on CBC News, caught my eye. It explains that "According to Toronto's 'Use of City Resources During an Election Period Policy,' city facilities and infrastructure can't be used for any election-related purpose by a candidate, registered third-party advertiser or political party. It also prohibits signs from being "erected or displayed" on or beside a … Continue reading One set of rules …