My choice

It has not exactly been an inspiring race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but then neither was the last one. Part of the perceived problem was the global pandemic but part of it was a quite unreasonable and, in fact, unreasoned, desire to have some newsworthy "fireworks." Instead, four reasonable people debated four reasonable … Continue reading My choice

In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

I remember back in the early 1950s, when we lived on a small farm in British Columbia, in what is now a major suburb in Greater Vancouver, that we bought a TV set. It was a big deal back then. I think we got two channels: one, CBC no doubt, from Vancouver and another from … Continue reading In search of moderate pragmatism ~ are the elites the answer?

What the CPC didn’t do (3)

In an essay in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson dissects the recent election and, not surprisingly, concludes that the Conservative party may have been its own worst enemy. He focuses on three key issues: Climate change ~ and he quotes the estimable Lisa Raitt who said that “"It’s a litmus test ... Climate change … Continue reading What the CPC didn’t do (3)

Trumpians in Canada

The Federalist is a conservative website ~ not especially pro-Trump ~ which has been described as being a bridge between the "deep" scholastic journals (like Foreign Affairs) and social media; it is said to provide serious commentary that is authored by young, media-savvy writers. Mark Hemingway, who is an editor at The Federalist, explains in … Continue reading Trumpians in Canada

Guessing games

Yesterday I asked everyone to come out and vote, but just the day before the ever-insightful John Ibbitson opined, in the Globe and Mail, that "With the general election less than two weeks away, and with the Liberals and Conservatives still tied in the polls, turnout could decide the result." Your vote does matter! He did … Continue reading Guessing games

The wrong message

This billboard ...  ... is provoking some controversy in Canada, not least because, while it features Maxime Bernier and his People's Party logo, that party denies putting it up. In fact, as one can see by the text at the bottom, it was put there ~ several appeared across Canada ~ by the True North … Continue reading The wrong message

He doesn’t get it

Welcome to August ... summer flies by so quickly, doesn't it? Soon, in less than three months, the leaves will have turned and we Canadians will be going to the polls. I see, in an article in Le Journal de Montréal, that "Le chef du Parti populaire, Maxime Bernier, promet d'installer une clôture sur le … Continue reading He doesn’t get it

Numbers

So, summer is here and it's polling season, too. MPs are home, in their ridings, reconnecting with constituents, hopefully recharging their own political batteries and, in most cases, gearing up for the last, crucial, 48 days between Labour Day, when I expect to see all them in local parades and at festivals, and Sunday, October … Continue reading Numbers

A recipe for populism

I am going to deal, for a few days, with the threats that I see facing liberalism and liberal democracy and, consequently, facing Canada, too. The celebrated Scots-American author and historian Niall Ferguson, speaking in 2016, BEFORE Donald Trump was elected and when most people still believed that Hillary Clinton would be the next US … Continue reading A recipe for populism

Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives

Yesterday the Globe and Mail published a lengthy analysis of social media content by freelance journalists Shannon Carranco and Jon Milton. they assert that Canadian far right (AltRight) extremists "come from all walks of life: tradesmen, soldiers, a student teacher, a financial analyst, an aspiring lawyer, among others .. [and] ... they are in every … Continue reading Immigrants, racism and the Conservatives