Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

A team of Financial Times editors and reporters, Lionel Barber and Henry Foy in Moscow and Alex Barker in Osaka ... ... talked with Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. He is reported to have said that "“the liberal idea” had “outlived its purpose” as the public turned against immigration, open borders and multiculturalism ...[and] ... Mr Putin’s evisceration of liberalism — the dominant … Continue reading Liberalism ‘has become obsolete.’ (Vladimir Putin, June 2019)

Civil War (2)

A few days ago I gave a brief history of the civil war which has bedevilled the Liberal Party of Canada for 50 years, since about 1969. It seems that it rages anew ... as I suspected it might, given the fast-fading fortunes of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Chantal Hébert , writing in The Star, … Continue reading Civil War (2)

I hope …

Warren Kinsella used to run Prime Minister Jean Chrétien's campaign "war room" back in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was not, I think, one of the Manley Liberals, but his Liberal roots are strong and deep and he is extraordinarily critical of Justin Trudeau, as is former Liberal Pary of Canada president (1998-2003) Stephen Ledrew. … Continue reading I hope …

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain 'on station' near a potential troublespot or a strategic 'choke point' for protracted periods, and … Continue reading Power Projection

Et tu Freeland?

Back in the autumn of 2018, Gerry Nichols, writing in the Hill TImes, opined that the 2023 election would be more interesting than the 2019 version because, by then, Chrystia Freeland would be leading the Liberal Party. In January of this year, before the Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Wilson-Raybould crisis, an opinion piece in Carleton University's weekly newspaper noted … Continue reading Et tu Freeland?

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted

They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy

I see, in the Globe and Mail, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team, specifically chief of staff, Katie Telford, Quebec adviser Mathieu Bouchard and senior adviser Elder Marques, have availed themselves of the services two outside law firms to help them cope with an investigation by the federal Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office … Continue reading They just keep making themselves look more and more slimy