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 theContinue 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So, I see that The Guardian, in the UK, has noticed that “For Canadian liberals, or indeed any of us who cling to outdated ideas such as good governance and liberal democratic values, it was like watching a unicorn get flattened by a lorry.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, JustinContinue 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, “likeContinue 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 becauseContinue 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, interpretedContinue 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”

And yet again … not outraged

The media is making a mountain out of the molehill which is Davos: specifically the fact that a hamburger at the Ameron Swiss Mountain Hotel, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is staying, along with his entourage, sells for about $(CA)70.00 (CHF 55.00). It harks back to the “scandal” a few years ago when former InternationalContinue reading “And yet again … not outraged”

Either a fool or a liar

In an article in the Globe and Mail, Konrad Yakabuski, commenting on the ethics scandal surrounding Prime Minister Trudeau, notes that: “There is a line in the Ethics Commissioner’s report on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s multiple violations of the Conflict of Interest Act that would gobsmack any first-year student of Canadian parliamentary democracy … [it says that]Continue reading “Either a fool or a liar”

It’s not just me

So, for the last 18 months or so I’ve been wondering if it’s just me who sees Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an über-entitled, vacuous, self indulgent twerp. It appears that Parliament’s Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson and many editorialists have arrived at similar conclusions. I do not believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is corrupt but heContinue reading “It’s not just me”

2019 (6): We need a new CCF (Constructive, cooperative federalism)

First: an apology: this post is a bit long and it covers a lot of ground and it is not, almost certainly, as well organized as it could be … I thought of making it two or three or even four posts, but I believe there is a (coherent, I hope) thread that runs throughContinue reading “2019 (6): We need a new CCF (Constructive, cooperative federalism)”