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)

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news

More polls, but …

Éric Grenier, who does poll aggregations and analysis for CBC News, wrote, a few days ago, on the CBC News website, that "When this election year kicked off, Justin Trudeau's Liberals were on track for victory in the fall federal election. Now, as parliamentarians prepare to head home after this week's expected adjournment of the House … Continue reading More polls, but …

A warning and a challenge

Liberal heavy-weight Scott Reid, in an article in the Globe and Mail that has been widely linked to and commented upon on social media, says that, as a result of the Jane Philpott/SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson- Raybould affair, "Mr. Trudeau has been remade into a mere mortal, a regular old politician – as someone concerned with the … Continue reading A warning and a challenge

Leadership is the key issue

Gerald Butts strikes back ... politely First, a few thoughts on Gerald Butts' testimony, today, which did little, in my opinion, to counter what Ms Wilson-Raybould had to say. As expected he said, ever so calmly and politely, that the pressure put on Jody Wilson-Raybould was normal for politics and that the 9,000 jobs in … Continue reading Leadership is the key issue

Is the Trudeau brand losing its lustre?

John Ibbitson makes a sound political case in the Globe and Mail. "The 2019 election," he suggests, "is shaping up to be a referendum on Justin Trudeau’s leadership, which is odd ... [because, he suggests] ... After only a few years in power, the Prime Minister should not be such a polarizing figure that this fall’s … Continue reading Is the Trudeau brand losing its lustre?

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