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
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
About a month ago the Angus Reid Institute published the results of a fairly small poll (n=871) which was taken after the Globe and Mail broke the SNC-Lavain/Jody Wilson-Raybould story but before her bombshell testimony to the House of Commons Justice Committee. Although the overall results ... ... were encouraging for the CPC, it was … Continue reading Good news
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, French President Emmanuel Marcon called for a real European Army, partially, according to a report on Global News, "to reduce dependence on the United States." Some new outlets reported that President Marcon wanted an army "to protect the continent from China, Russia and the US" and US President Trump, quite predictably, found this very "insulting." Let's … Continue reading Divisions
So, Maxime Bernier wants to start a new party, does he? Good luck with that ... opinion seems divided on his prospects for success. What does seem sure is that his defection is a boon for Prime Minister Trudeau ... that simple fact cannot be denied. New political movements are nothing new in Canada ... … Continue reading Dividing the right?
So two things, both related to a central issue that trouble me, greatly, caught my eye: First, an article in Foreign Affairs, by Francis Fukuyama in which he begins by reviewing a few of the problems that beset the world today and then says that "All these developments relate in some way to the economic … Continue reading Illiberalism