He can’t seem to help himself

So, I see, in an article from Reuters, that “India summoned Canada’s ambassador on Friday and said comments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over protests by farmers near Delhi were an interference in its domestic affairs and would seriously hurt bilateral ties … [this latest issue started when] … Trudeau, speaking to the IndianContinue reading “He can’t seem to help himself”

Disappointing, but I wish them well

So, the new Trudeau cabinet is here: Chrystia Freeland becomes Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs; and then, in alphabetical order Anita Anand, a new entry to cabinet, becomes Minister of Public Services and Procurement; Navdeep Bains becomes Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; Carolyn Bennett remains Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations; Marie-Claude Bibeau remainsContinue reading “Disappointing, but I wish them well”

Cabinet making.

Later today (and I will have comments tomorrow) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil his cabinet. In an item on the CBC News website, TV host Vassy Kapelos explains some of the challenges of cabinet making in Canada. She talked with a couple of political veterans who both agreed that life is more complicated thanContinue reading “Cabinet making.”

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 …”

Welcome to Australia

About a week ago I said that “we know that if we lived in Australia or even staid old Britain that, after this, the prime minister would likely be forced out of office,” due to the ongoing Jody Wilson-Raybould ~ SNC-Lavalin ~ Jane Philpott and, now, Michael Wernick ~ Celina Caesar-Chavannes scandal. In an excellent article inContinue reading “Welcome to Australia”

Cabinet making

A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the “ideal” cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the “best” government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century,Continue reading “Cabinet making”

So, there’s a cabinet shuffle coming up tomorrow …

… and here is some unsolicited (and possibly even unwelcome) advice for the Liberal Party’s grownups (and there are still some) who may yet have a bit of influence on Team Trudeau. It is based on my current guesstimate that the Liberals can be re-elected with a (probably weak) minority in 2019 but will be, almostContinue reading “So, there’s a cabinet shuffle coming up tomorrow …”

A study in contrasts

A few months ago we saw and read stories, on Global News and in the Toronto Sun, about Canadians who had been Da’esh/ISIL/ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq who had, along with their wives and children, been captured and detained by Kurdish forces. The Kurds want to send them back to Canada (and other ‘parent’Continue reading “A study in contrasts”

Not even managing well

Even Tim Harper, writing in the Liberal friendly Toronto Star, gets that, as he says, “After a flow of asylum seekers over 17 months — not a flood, but also not insignificant — Liberal inaction is not serving would-be refugees, those in legitimate immigration queues, junior governments or Canadians in general.“ He begins by explainingContinue reading “Not even managing well”

Some good news for the Liberal Party

There is an interesting article, albeit a somewhat discouraging one for Conservatives, in the Hill Times, which says that polling (done before the Indian fiasco) indicates that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s personal approval rating has dropped nearly 10 points since last May, but the Liberal Party of Canada has yet to take a hit, pollingContinue reading “Some good news for the Liberal Party”