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. TrudeauContinue 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 theContinue 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 AngusContinue 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 futureContinue 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 weekContinue 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 argueContinue 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”

It’s not a catastrophic defeat

I think that John Ivison, writing in the National Post, has it about right when he says that even though Justin Trudeau says”“Today is a great day for Canada,”” he sound like “King Pyrrhus of Epirus, just after he lost the bulk of his army in battle against the Romans … [and, for Canada]  … As withContinue reading “It’s not a catastrophic defeat”

It appears that we have a deal …

So, according to reports in the Globe and Mail and the Financial Times. The NAFTA is, the FT says that “The new trilateral pact is to be called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement,” (USMCA) according to “officials from the US and Canada.“ The Globe and Mail reports that “President Donald Trump signed off on the agreementContinue reading “It appears that we have a deal …”

Pure political gold

Terry Milewski, of CBC News, has it about 99.99% correct, I think when he says, on social media, that it is … … that, being ‘dissed’ by Trump is political gold, making Trump angry is the mother lode; the Liberal Party of Canada has struck it rich … many Canadians will forgive Prime Minister TrudeauContinue reading “Pure political gold”