Leadership is the key issue

Gerald Butts strikes back ... politely First, a few thoughts on Gerald Butts' testimony, today, which did little, in my opinion, to counter what Ms Wilson-Raybould had to say. As expected he said, ever so calmly and politely, that the pressure put on Jody Wilson-Raybould was normal for politics and that the 9,000 jobs in … Continue reading Leadership is the key issue

A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

I know I'm beating this Team Trudeau/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson-Raybould scandal to death, but, even after the shocking resignation of Jane Philpott, it needs to be seen in a broader context, and Erin O'Toole, the Conservative shadow foreign minister, has provided, on social media, a brief but comprehensive history of the Trudeau regime's ongoing interference with the … Continue reading A brief history of Trudeau-Liberal sleaze

The sleaze spreads

So, I see that The Guardian, in the UK, has noticed that "For Canadian liberals, or indeed any of us who cling to outdated ideas such as good governance and liberal democratic values, it was like watching a unicorn get flattened by a lorry. Earlier this week, Canada’s undeniably gorgeous, halo-bound Liberal prime minister, Justin … Continue reading The sleaze spreads

Has he got it right?

I almost never agree with the CBC's Neil Macdonald on almost any topic, but he offers a tantalizing theory ~ one with which it is hard to disagree ~ in this piece which is headlined "Gerald Butts was done in, at least partially, by the ethos of identity politics." "A good headline," he opines, "like … Continue reading Has he got it right?

More tangled webs … and a real whiff of corruption

A few weeks ago I said that, in the January cabinet shuffle, made necessary by the abrupt resignation of Scott Brison, "The big loser, it seems to me, is Jody Wilson-Raybould who certainly appears to be being demoted from Justice Minister to Veterans Affairs." There was some media speculation, at the time, that Ms Wilson-Raybould was demoted because … Continue reading More tangled webs … and a real whiff of corruption

Money and the ethnic vote, redux

Back in 2015 the Conservative Party made two campaign blunders: In the wake of the tragic death of a small Syrian boy on a Turkish beach they failed to respond with the generosity of spirit that almost all Canadians wanted; and They decided to attack "barbaric cultural practices" which many, many Canadians, me included, interpreted … Continue reading Money and the ethnic vote, redux

2019 (10): 2018 is a critical year

Before I get to the topic of why 2018 matters, I suppose I should comment on the past week's news, especially "Bloody Sunday" in Toronto and the impact of #MeToo. First, let me say that I agree with and support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: the women coming forward are brave and they must be supported, … Continue reading 2019 (10): 2018 is a critical year