What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*

Journalist and sometimes politician Stephen Taylor, writing in the National Post, says, and I agree with him, fully, that "The existence of the Wexit movement is a national tragedy ... [because] ... The Wexit movement is the latest uproar of Canadian regional populism. Canada’s bifurcation of haves and have-nots, contented and aggrieved, elites and non-elites … Continue reading What’s wrong with Wexit? Everything*

We must never forget

Despite the ongoing concerns about the novel coronavirus which we are all facing, we must never forget what happened more than 75 years ago. 75 years ago today, on 15 April 1945, soldiers of the British 11th Armoured Division liberated the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp ... ... they found many thousands of bodies that lay unburied … Continue reading We must never forget

Cultural climate change: the role of values in society

Sorry to bother you with my own, personal, beliefs, again, but Professor, Rabbi and Lord (Baron) Jonathan Sacks, who has too many titles and honours to list, says, in an article published in Standpoint, that I think is germane as the UK heads to the polls, that "It is a time of political economic and … Continue reading Cultural climate change: the role of values in society

Canadians need to pay attention

Following on from my previous post, I suspect that former Governor (South Carolina) and US Ambassador (to the United Nations) Nikki Haley might be President-elect of the United States five years from now. She is, right now, I think, the wholly unofficial but very clear voice of the post-Trump Republicans. She shares many of the … Continue reading Canadians need to pay attention

A perfect storm

Yesterday, new Conservative MP Leona Alleslev said that Canada finds itself "in a time of unprecedented instability. We're seeing fundamental shifts," she said, "in the global economy, while trade relationships, international agreements and defence structures are under threat. Canada," she went on to say, "faces a perfect storm of serious challenges at home and abroad … Continue reading A perfect storm

Thinking about defence, again …

I have been going on and on, ever since i started this blog, about defence spending and the growing danger posed by Russia. It is time to revisit the subject because two things caught my eye: First, in the United Kingdom, iNews reports that "On Monday, the head of the Army, General Sir Nick Carter, … Continue reading Thinking about defence, again …

A faux foreign policy …

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, notes that "Next week's [now this week's] ministerial meeting in Vancouver on North Korea is turning into a curious affair. Several countries with vital interests in the peninsula are not participating. The agenda of the meeting is unclear. And recent events have overtaken whatever that agenda might … Continue reading A faux foreign policy …

The new cold war

Two things caught my eye over the past couple of days: First, from The Dispatch, an article by Lieutenant General (Ret'd) Mike Day, who was commander of  Joint Task Force Two ( JTF 2) and, later, of Canada’s Special Operations Forces Command, entitled "NATO and Canada's national Interests;" and Second, from the Globe and Mail, an article … Continue reading The new cold war

1975

I got this, via social media, from an organization called the Economic Opportunities Institute, which self describes as being "an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit public policy center using research, education and advocacy to shape public debate and advance new policy ideas that help build an economy that works – for everyone." They say, about themselves, that … Continue reading 1975

The basement? Or the 50% solution?

There is an interesting article in the Globe and Mail by pollster Nik Nanos in which he reports that the Conservative Party of Canada has dropped in popular support from 32% at the general election in October 2015 to just over 25%, now, just over six months later. (The Liberals , by the Nanos numbers, … Continue reading The basement? Or the 50% solution?