Two issues

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, touches on a couple of issues that always concern me: restoring correct relations, including free(er) trade with China and immigration policy, and he revisits his thesis, in his recent book (with Darell Bricker), Empty Planet, which says that global populations are declining, even collapsing, in China's case. "Canada’s … Continue reading Two issues

Foreign policy fumbles

A bit more than a week ago, Graeme Gordon, a freelance journalist, published by True North (which self-describes as "a registered Canadian charity ... [which is] ... independent and non-partisan ... [that conducts] ... policy research on immigration and integration issues and provide timely investigative reports on issues that affect Canada’s national security") said that "The … Continue reading Foreign policy fumbles

Not a good day for Justin Trudeau … or for Canada

Well, the reviews are in, and, not surprisingly: John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that "Justin Trudeau should ask the Governor-General to dissolve Parliament immediately, with a general election to follow in April. Instead, he and his remaining advisers will likely hunker down and hope that time dulls the public outrage over … Continue reading Not a good day for Justin Trudeau … or for Canada

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

Some more China worries

The term "a G Zero world" was coined, a few years ago, by Ian Bremmer, CEO of the Eurasia Group in a book entitled: "Every Nation for Itself: What Happens When No One Leads the World." He then created a web site called G Zero Media, which is, I think, generally, pro-globalization and anti-Donald Trump. … Continue reading Some more China worries

There’s no other choice

China is much in the news in Canada these days. The arrest of a very senior Huawei executive and ongoing security concerns about that company's intentions if it is allowed to participate in enabling the 5G mobile wireless networks in Canada  ~ four of the "Five Eyes" partners have already disallowed Huawei products on their future … Continue reading There’s no other choice

Dark clouds obscure sunny ways

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Davos, as I write, telling the great and the good that Canada is a wonderful place to do business, but Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, offers a darker and more sobering view of Canada's economy. He acknowledges that the immediate situation, in the opening weeks of 2018, … Continue reading Dark clouds obscure sunny ways