A Thankless Task

A couple of days ago I said I was perplexed by all the excitement (and hope) surrounding Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan. I pointed out that he’s not, by far, the first military man to be appointed minister of national defence and he is far, far from the most distinguished. In fact, compared to say, Andrew …

Left out again.

Canada has been “left out” of yet another high-level meeting of the “grownups” in the anti-ISIL coalition according to a report in Defense News. The report says that US Secretary of Defense Ash “Carter will join defense ministers from Australia, Britain, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands at the three-hour conference” hosted, in Paris, by French Defence …

Winning the War We’ve Got, Not the One We Want

Retired US Army Lieutenant General Jim Dubik, Ph.D, is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for the Study of War in Washington. he has written an interesting essay that appears in ARMY, The Magazine of the Association of the United States Army, entitled “Winning the War We’ve Got, Not the One We Want.” General Dubik …

Practical Diplomacy

The Globe and Mail reports that: “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has selected a politically connected Toronto corporate consultant …c to take over as Canada’s envoy to the United States … David MacNaughton, chairman of Strategy Corp., who co-chaired Mr. Trudeau’s Liberal election campaign in Ontario, will become ambassador to Washington with a mandate to improve …

Self Serving Codswallop From the Usual Suspect

A Globe and Mail article, from late last week, says that: “Federal officials have told Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Canada’s strategic interest would be well served by strengthening economic ties with oil-rich Saudi Arabia because of its powerful position in the Persian Gulf. [and] Canada’s interests in the tumultuous region are spelled out in …

Stop blaming the media and the voters!

Pretty much every day since the October election my Twitter feed has been full of 140 character rants about either or both of the “evil Canadian media” or the “stupid Canadian voters.” Conservatives who hold either view or worse, both, are the real problem. The media, broadly, is not full of Liberal shills … sure, …

The “old left” rises again

There is a very interesting article by Stephanie Mudge on the London School of Economics website suggesting that there is “a deepening rift in the economic prospects of older vs younger generations” in America and Britain (and Canada) which explains the sudden popularity of e.g. Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders and, I daresay, Justin Trudeau. Prof …

What the PM is (and is not) doing

I do not believe that there is, as e.g. Ezra Levant suggests a “media party.” I think the Toronto Sun is far different in tone and approach than the Toronto Star and the National Post differs, substantially enough, from the Globe and Mail; I think that both The Rebel and it’s opposite number, Rabble, are part of the “media,” …