Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

Let them in

When the proposed $20 Billion merger of Shaw into Rogers was first announced, a few days ago, my initial reaction was: Rita Trichur, writing in the Globe and Mail, explains that: First, Rogers’ “friendly deal to acquire Shaw for $20.4-billion was inevitable. Their long-standing agreement to not compete in each other’s respective home turf (RogersContinue reading “Let them in”

CANZUK, again.

Nigel Wright, who was Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper (and who resigned when it was discovered that he used his own money to repay some of Senator Mike Duffy’s misappropriated expenses) and is now the (London based) Senior Managing Director of the multi-billion dollar Onex Corporation, says, in a piece published byContinue reading “CANZUK, again.”

What’s needed

So, another Globe and Mail editorial cartoon, this one by Brian Gable, gets right to the point: Another “watchdog” is going to do exactly nothing. The former Ombudsman did his job, he did the right thing. The problem was that the political leadership ~ specifically Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan ~ decided to ignore him andContinue reading “What’s needed”

A stab in the back?

Just as some Canadians in the commentariat are saying that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is giving our country “the worst Canadian government ever,” John Ibbitson, an astute observer, says, in the Globe and Mail, that “Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole needs to do a better job.” He’s got a long way to go, Mr Ibbitson saysContinue reading “A stab in the back?”

FUBAR

I was glad to see, in yesterday’s Globe and Mail, that Health Canada has approved another vaccine for use in Canada. But, the same newspaper tells us, “as of this week, Canada ranked behind more than 30 countries in vaccination rates. Its number of inoculated citizens stalled in February, hovering at about 5 per cent – whileContinue reading “FUBAR”

Ooops

So, about a month ago, when the allegations about now retied General Jonathan Vance first surfaced, “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan repeatedly said he was “surprised” by the allegations made against former Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance but would not disclose when he learned of allegations, stating that his hands were tied when it came to providing anyContinue reading “Ooops”

Do it now!

The very sad, to me, anyway, news that just retired General Jon Vance and his replacement, Admiral Art McDonald are both being investigated for sexual misconduct and that Lieutenant General Chris Coates had an inappropriate relationship with an American lady … … while he was Deputy Commander of the combined (Canada-USA) North American Aerospace DefenceContinue reading “Do it now!”

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”

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at itsContinue reading “Losing the struggle for values”