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

Exactly wrong!

Charlie Pinkerton, writing last week in iPolitics, says that "Having already overseen a significant increase in the number of generals in Canada’s military, the country’s top soldier says more will likely be added once a review he’s commissioned of the Forces’ command structure is complete ... [he explains that] ... In 2003, there were 81 generals … Continue reading Exactly wrong!

On this one thing he’s quite right

According to an article in the Toronto Sun, "As Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prepares to attend the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels, U.S. President Donald Trump is calling on Canada to meet the alliance’s defence spending targets ... [and] ... In the June 19 letter, Trump says there is “growing frustration” in the United States with … Continue reading On this one thing he’s quite right

A different sort of self inflicted wound: Canada’s helicopter follies

The category of promises made but, maybe, not quite kept, might be where we might put Team Trudeau's UN peacekeeping mission to Mali, according to a report by Melissa Kent on CBC News site. Ms Kent says that UN officials do not believe that Canada will be able to keeps its promise if it send … Continue reading A different sort of self inflicted wound: Canada’s helicopter follies

What on earth is a feminist defence policy?

Harjit Sajjan is a gentleman for whom I have scant regard as a minister, in fact I think he is a weak link, a sacrificial lamb to cover up Team Trudeau's disdain for the military; but he didn't have to prove it, in public, did he? He has come out according to Global News with this … Continue reading What on earth is a feminist defence policy?

Andrew Scheer is right

In an article in the Globe and Mail which, given the headline ~ "Trudeau defends Canada's new peacekeeping plan" ~ seems to suggest that the prime minister's new peacekeeping "plan" (which may not be the really appropriate word for this smelly mess of political pottage)  is receiving less than rave reviews, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer … Continue reading Andrew Scheer is right

Promises, promises (3)

The major critiques I am reading about the government's latest defence policy paper, Strong, Secure, Engaged, is that like so many others of its ilk it merely defers, until after the next election, any significant spending decisions ... once again, selling the sizzle without the steak. It's not new or in any way unique to … Continue reading Promises, promises (3)