Not so fast

The cover of the current edition of Foreign Affairs says it all: America, many pundits, including many in America, Britain and Canada, say is in irreversible decline. The impact of Donald J Trump, they say, is greater than the fabled US Constitution and almost 250 years of history can overcome. America is doomed to declineContinue reading “Not so fast”

Wayne Easter is right

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, tell us that “Liberal MP Wayne Easter …[Malpeque, PEI] … who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien … and was, therefore, the minister] … in charge of Canada’s security agencies … [which means he might actually recognize threats to national security] … toldContinue reading “Wayne Easter is right”

Remember Daniel Jean?

Daniel Jean is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His biography, on the uOttawa website, tells us that “Daniel Jean served as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2016-18). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016) and DeputyContinue reading “Remember Daniel Jean?”

It is time for a change

Many decades ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, I was, for a while, a student at the Staff College where the Canadian Forces tried, with some success, to turn middle ranked officers into potential admiral and generals. We studied, amongst other things, the “national security environment.” (I think that’s how the academics, somewhat pretentiously,Continue reading “It is time for a change”

To go or not to go?

So, I see, in Le Devoir that “A new factor is likely to complicate the electoral thinking of federal parties. The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, warns, in an interview with Le Devoir, that he will not submit his much-awaited report on Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the WE Charity affair in theContinue reading “To go or not to go?”

Something is rotten …

… in the state of Canada. (Apologies to the bard.) I see in the Globe and Mail that “The federal government is partnering with Huawei to sponsor leading-edge computer and electrical engineering research at Canadian universities, a move critics say threatens this country’s national security and economic interests … [and] … The National Sciences andContinue reading “Something is rotten …”

Short of war (5)

I think that a new cold war, Cold War 2.0 if you like, “managed,” as former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd explained on the basis of Managed Strategic Competition, is the best and most likely way to avoid a real, deadly hot (shooting) war between China and America supported by the US-led West. I believeContinue reading “Short of war (5)”

Doing the right thing

I have often quoted management guru Dr Warren Bennis who said: Right now, in announcing that Canada will procure 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX programme, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is, narrowly construed, doing things right. But let’s be very clear: Canada never wanted to use the COVAX programme. The Trudeau regime’sContinue reading “Doing the right thing”