Be like Dan

Dan McTeague was first elected to Parliament in 1993 federal election and was re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008. He represented the Pickering—Ajax—Uxbridge riding and later the Pickering—Scarborough East riding. He was always a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, serving under Liberal Prime Ministers Chrétien and Martin and Liberal leaders Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff. Mr McTeague was the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of … Continue reading Be like Dan

Institutions

Most experts in the world agree that strong socio-political, administrative, legal and regulatory institutions are what underpin social harmony and prosperity in successful societies. I have suggested, more than once, that China is making a strategic blunder by undermining the (limited) progress it has made in strengthening its legal and administrative institutions as it tries … Continue reading Institutions

A matter of trust

A recent article in the Globe and Mail says that "Ethics is a key pain point for Mr. Trudeau. The Nanos data suggest that only about 17 per cent of Canadians believe Mr. Trudeau would be best at leading an ethical government, trailing both Elizabeth May (23 per cent) and Andrew Scheer (20 per cent). For Mr. … Continue reading A matter of trust

Home truths from abroad, redux

Over 3½ years ago I wrote about an address given by (then Major, now Lieutenant Colonel) Choy Yong Cong. He was, I said, speaking as much about Canada as Singapore, it seems to me. I also said that the values he was espousing were "good Conservative values... [and] ... That’s what I want the CPC to offer … Continue reading Home truths from abroad, redux

Of course (2) the cover-up continues

A few weeks ago I commented on a report that said that "“A Liberal-dominated Parliamentary committee has quashed an effort by opposition parties to further probe the SNC-Lavalin affair … [and] … The House of Commons Ethics Committee, on which the governing Liberals hold the most seats, voted down a proposal to hear from federal Ethics … Continue reading Of course (2) the cover-up continues

Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

Barry Campbell (no relation, as far as I know) was a Liberal Pary of Canada MP (1993-97) and is now president of Campbell Strategies in Toronto. He writes, in the Globe and Mail, that "Until Brexit, English parliamentary crises have followed a standard script. From the Magna Carta in 1215 through the 17th century Civil Wars … Continue reading Democracy or Brexit, or neither, or both?

How low can they go?

Steve Rukavina of CBC News reported, on social media, that: Paul Chiasson of the Canadian Press says, in an article published in the Globe and Mail, that former Liberal candidate Hassan Guillet "says party officials helped him prepare a damage-control plan, including outreach to Jewish communities, to deal with his past controversial comments before they … Continue reading How low can they go?