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


I have been saying, for well over a year now, that Andrew Scheer can win in 2019 if he leads and works with a good team. Nearly three weeks ago, writing in the Toronto Sun, Liberal strategist Jim Warren ~ making year end predictions as many in the commentariat are wont to do ~  warned … Continue reading Teamwork

A liberal manifesto

The Economist, which is one of my favourite newspapers, is celebrating 175 years of publication; it does so, in part, with a 'lead' in the 15 September issue, headlined: "A manifesto for renewing liberalism." Now, regular readers will know that the rather sorry state of classical Anglo-American liberalism, which I regard as central to the … Continue reading A liberal manifesto

2019 (10): 2018 is a critical year

Before I get to the topic of why 2018 matters, I suppose I should comment on the past week's news, especially "Bloody Sunday" in Toronto and the impact of #MeToo. First, let me say that I agree with and support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: the women coming forward are brave and they must be supported, … Continue reading 2019 (10): 2018 is a critical year

2019 (3) Energy, the Environment and First Nations … all intertwined, some difficult

There is a useful editorial in the Calgary Herald (signed by columnist Licia Corbella) that I want to use as a "hook" to discuss three policy areas that will, I suspect, be difficult for Conservatives: Energy, the Environment and First Nations. "News that Petronas has cancelled its plan to build a $36-billion liquefied natural gas development … Continue reading 2019 (3) Energy, the Environment and First Nations … all intertwined, some difficult

A contrary view

It seems that most of the commentariat (the chattering classes) is aghast at President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords on climate change ... most, but not all. The nonagenarian Nigel Lawson (Lord Lawson, now) who was the UK's Secretary of State for Energy (1979 to 83) Chancellor of the Exchequer (1983 to 89) in Prime Minister … Continue reading A contrary view

A message for all Canadians

I have gone on, over and over again, about politicians, especially those in the Liberal Party of Canada, selling the sizzle and not providing any steak. Confucius, as usual, said it better: We need more "superior" men and women on Parliament Hill, in Queen's park and other provincial legislatures, and in town and city halls, … Continue reading A message for all Canadians