We need adult leadership

Professor Michael Ignatieff is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and, currently, is president and rector of the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary. Previously Dr Ignatieff served as a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He testified (via video-conference) at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign … Continue reading We need adult leadership

A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

There is an interesting opinion piece, by Thomas B Edsall, in The New York Times, headlined "Why the Fight Over Abortion Is Unrelenting." He gives the answer, provided by Professor Kristen Luker in 1984, right up front: "Why is the debate so bitter, so emotional?" Professor Luker asked. "Part of the answer is very simple: … Continue reading A civil abortion debate cannot happen here

Immigration policy (3) and politics

Tasha Kheiriddin who is a pretty reliably conservative broadcaster and commentator has issued a stark warning, in an opinion piece for Global News, in which she says that "While carbon taxes and pipelines are predicted to top the political agenda, an ugly undercurrent threatens to drag the debate to dangerous places ... [and] ... In a … Continue reading Immigration policy (3) and politics

The Trump Party

Professor Brian Klaas, who is at University Colege London and also moonlights as a columnist for the Washington Post, which no doubt makes him suspect in the eyes of some Neandercons, posted this on social media: It's not a new idea. I commented on something Stephen Harper said about this about 10 months ago: "Trump’s “America … Continue reading The Trump Party

Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives

Yesterday the Globe and Mail published a lengthy analysis of social media content by freelance journalists Shannon Carranco and Jon Milton. they assert that Canadian far right (AltRight) extremists "come from all walks of life: tradesmen, soldiers, a student teacher, a financial analyst, an aspiring lawyer, among others .. [and] ... they are in every … Continue reading Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?