My worst fear

Back about a decade ago the conventional political wisdom was that Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted "a two-party system, one that pitted right against left, free enterprise against socialism, Conservatives against New Democrats." I never agreed with that view ... and I was never sure that was what Prime Minister Harper actually wanted because I … Continue reading My worst fear

A very conservative idea (2)

I have written, more than once, in favour of some sort of guaranteed annual income based on a negative income tax system. I have called it a very conservative idea because it has been advanced by e.g. Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman ... ... and while I know that many so-called conservatives oppose the idea … Continue reading A very conservative idea (2)

Restoring liberalism to Canada

I want to drag together a couple of ideas about which I have been banging on for years: Blue collar Conservatives; andThe overwhelming importance of the suburban voters. Of course you can see where I'm going. The suburbs are home to many, many blue collar people. It's a point that the Globe and Mail's John … Continue reading Restoring liberalism to Canada

Moving the Overton Window

Please watch this very brief (2'31") video from the broadly conservative (pro-free market, anti-big-government) Michigan based Mackinac Center on the Overton Window. If two and half minutes is too much time for you to spare then this explanation from Politico might help: "The concept of the “Overton window,” the range of ideas outside which lie … Continue reading Moving the Overton Window

A misty-eyed yearning for glory

Two stories caught my eye last week: First, Vivian Bercovici, a sometime journalist and formerly a law professor and Canada's Ambassador to Israel (2014-2016) reminds us, in the Jerusalem Post, that "Three days after his resounding election victory in October 2015, an exuberant Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swanned into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs HQ … Continue reading A misty-eyed yearning for glory

Is Conservatism Dead?

John Ibitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, says what I suspect many are thinking: "The lacklustre race for leader of the Conservative Party of Canada is further evidence of the impossibility of conservatism in our time." It's not that conservatism is dead, he says, but, he explains, and I agree that "in this century, … Continue reading Is Conservatism Dead?

Tribes

So, a few years ago Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, speaking at New York University, talked about tribes and tribalism and the perils of both. It wasn't a bad speech ... the points about belonging versus exclusivity and exclusion are still good. But the prime minister may have ignored the tribe to which he belongs ... … Continue reading Tribes

A new front in Cold War 2.0

I remarked, albeit only in passing, on the media's role in the campaign to persuade Canada that it should do a prisoner exchange: Meng Wanzhou for the “Two Michals,” Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. My comment was that the Globe and Mail's front page was devoted ~ item after item ~ to that issue. It … Continue reading A new front in Cold War 2.0

Boring, but vital

There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur's idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says that … Continue reading Boring, but vital

This …

... is pretty much the consensus forecast for the Canadian economy after we reopen for business. While this ...   ... is the Trudeau-Morneau response. (Source: The National Post, 14 May 2020.) And, this ... ... is you and me and our children and grandchildren and even great-grandchildren because, for years, Fiance Minister Bill Morneau … Continue reading This …