Is our Parliament without value?

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail, a few days ago, made a point that bears repeating: “The Liberal government,” his column is headlined, “is making a mockery of Canada’s parliamentary democracy.” That’s right: Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are, according to the Cambridge Dictionary, making parliamentary democracy in Canada “seem stupid or without value.” And […]

Bad news for Canada

So, now that the motion to establish a “Trudeau Corruption Committee” has failed and, therefore, we ought not to have an election, unless Prime Minister Trudeau is more desperate than even I imagined, I can turn to two articles in Foreign Affairs that caught my eye and which I think should be of interest to […]

Hmmm … (2)

I see an article in the Toronto Star, coauthored by Zanana Akande, a former NDP member of the Ontario Legislature, Hugh Segal, a former Progressive Conservative strategist and Senator, and Greg Sorbara, a former Liberal member of the Ontario Legislature and a minister in the cabinets of David Peterson and Dalton McGuinty … … in […]

Is America entitled to be the leader?

Professors James Goldgeier and Bruce W Jentleson, in a provocative article in Foreign Affairs, say that despite the fact that the notion “That the United States should lead the world is often taken for granted, at least in Washington, D.C. … [because] … The country played that role for more than seven decades after World […]

I’m no expert, but …

Following on from my post of a few hours ago … Let me repeat the first three words, in the title, with emphasis: I’m no expert. I know nothing about viruses and epidemiology and so on … I do know a bit about radios and, especially, about the radio frequency spectrum, but those are not […]

A G-something?

I said, almost two years ago, that leaders should be considering some sort of a Committee to Save the World. It’s a fairly popular idea in many academic circles, in several think tanks, and in a few governments. Now I see, in a very recent article in Foreign Affairs,  that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson […]

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, […]

Military reserves

For those interested, and every thinking Canadian should have some, albeit limited interest in the subject, there is an interesting thread over on Army.ca which deals with the problems (there are a lot of them) in making Canada’s reserve Army (the militia if you’re old enough) into an effective force. I’m going to go with […]

Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe “is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven … [and] … Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors […]

Why does this not surprise me?

This article in the National Post just caused me (and many of my friends and former colleagues with, in total, centuries of experience in National Defence Headquarters)  to shrug. You might have looked for at least an eye-roll, but, no, all it rated was a shrug. What didn’t surprise anyone? Well, according to the Canadian […]