Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

Konrad Yakabuski, writing in the Globe and Mail over two weeks ago, said "Canadians have grown accustomed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s moments of inattention, when the words that come out of his mouth don’t quite match the occasion ... [even so] ... During Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Ottawa visit last month, however, Mr. Trudeau … Continue reading Can Canada have a real foreign policy or just more diaspora politics?

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Is there any good news for anyone?

There is a lengthy and data filled article on the Angus Reid Institute web site ~ published before Jody Wilson-Raybould's bombshell testimony ~ which says that "As political watchers across the country await with bated breath testimony from former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, the latest public opinion poll from the non-profit Angus … Continue reading Is there any good news for anyone?

There’s no other choice

China is much in the news in Canada these days. The arrest of a very senior Huawei executive and ongoing security concerns about that company's intentions if it is allowed to participate in enabling the 5G mobile wireless networks in Canada  ~ four of the "Five Eyes" partners have already disallowed Huawei products on their future … Continue reading There’s no other choice

Complications in the fighter follies

There is a story by Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press on National Newswatch that says that "The long effort to replace Canada's aging fighter jets took another surprise twist on Tuesday, as multiple sources revealed that French fighter-jet maker Dassault is pulling out of the multibillion-dollar competition." "The decision comes just over a week … Continue reading Complications in the fighter follies

Canada and free(er) trade with China and the world

This post follows on from yesterday's (Cold War 2.0) because, a few related things caught my eye: First, an article in the Globe and Mail which says that "China is pushing Canada to resume stalled talks toward a free trade deal, days after Ottawa agreed to a new North American trade accord that critics argue … Continue reading Canada and free(er) trade with China and the world

Now that the dust has settled

Following on from Bruce McKinnon's neat summary of the USMCA, just below, a few days ago I posited that the new USMCA was "not a catastrophic defeat" for Canada, but I did add some comments about §32.10, which comprises seven paragraphs on p. 32-11 of the US text of the agreement. It's a bit legalistic but, … Continue reading Now that the dust has settled