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

Good news

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

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, 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

Dividing the right?

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