Yesterday, I talked about standing up to China, the bully and restoring confidence in Canada. Today, I want to discuss how to do that. It's a bit disjointed, I'm afraid, because there are a lot of things wrong and fixing just one or two will not be enough. I said that Prime. Minister Justin Trudeau … Continue reading Doing the heavy lifting
On the subject of the Trump Mideast Peace Plan, I agree with both The Economist which says, "as a blueprint for a two-state solution it was dead on arrival," and with the Globe and Mail's Mark MacKinnon who writes that "President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace plan ... aims to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost … Continue reading The Trump Peace Plan
A bit more than a year ago I discussed a proposal for a G-9 which was dubbed 'The Committee to Save the World Order.' Sometime later, I discussed how such a group, I called it a G-X, might displace the G-20. Now, I see that last September, France and Germany formed just such a group: … Continue reading The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)
I said, yesterday, that Canada should be doing what it can, hopefully even playing a leading role in restraining Cold War 2.0, which is both unnecessary and, in my opinion, ill-conceived. Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, a political scientist and former foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has written a … Continue reading Saving the liberal world order: what middle powers might be able to do …
Some weeks ago I said, on the subject of illegal irregular migrants, that "We, Canadians, should understand what motivates these illegal migrants ~ most of them 95%+, for sure, just want to make better lives for themselves and their children, and we should not reject anyone, ever, on the grounds of race or creed or sex. Real, legitimate refugees need … Continue reading A partial solution to the global irregular migrant problem
Murray Brewster reports on the CBC News website that "Negotiations over the use of a Canadian military transport plane by United Nations peacekeepers in Africa are deadlocked and it now appears unlikely the Liberal government will be able to deliver on the pledge before next year — perhaps before the next election ... [and] ... The … Continue reading Another military muddle
Lloyd Axworthy and Paul Heinbecker, both of whom have extensive experience representing Canada in world affairs, both of who are almost rabid "fans" of the United Nations, and both of who are nearly charter members of the Laurentian Elites, have penned a thoughtful article in the Globe and Mail which is headlined: "Canada should take … Continue reading Refugees and the wrong Canada
Dr. Emma Ashford, of the (generally conservative) Cato Institute, proposes that we, in the US led West, should reconsider what she calls our "reflexive hostility" towards Russia. Her remarks are addressed, in the main, towards US leaders but, of course, many in the chattering classes, which includes me, to be sure, are equally prone to take … Continue reading Grand strategy: A new approach to Russia?
I see that the Globe and Mail reports that "Canada will focus on climate change and gender equality, among other themes, when it takes the helm of the G7 presidency next year, potentially drawing more attention to the differences of opinion between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump." The G7 ... oh, … Continue reading Gee whiz … the G what?
Over the years I have talked a fair bit about both the elements of a grand strategy for Canada and the military capabilities that are necessary to make a grand strategy effective and the types of forces we need to be militarily effective. I have also stressed my worries about: A bloated, even grossly obese … Continue reading Grand Strategy (again)