The National Post, in an editorial-like, unsigned, “National Post View“ says that “The global pandemic is forcing Canadians to consider, for the first time in generations, how precarious our standard of living has become. International trade has contributed greatly to our prosperity. Canadian resources, innovations and services are valued the world over — when itContinue reading “Self-sufficiency”

It’s not just me

So, for the last 18 months or so I’ve been wondering if it’s just me who sees Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as an über-entitled, vacuous, self indulgent twerp. It appears that Parliament’s Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson and many editorialists have arrived at similar conclusions. I do not believe that Prime Minister Trudeau is corrupt but heContinue reading “It’s not just me”

“Politics, pandering and pork,” more on the CF-18 replacement fiasco

There is an editorial comment in the National Post which is headlined: “The Liberals’ money-wasting, defence-shirking, politically craven jet circus gets worse ~ Politics, pandering and pork for a Quebec company is more important to this government than fielding a proper air force.” Regular readers will not be surprised to learn that I agree 100%. I’mContinue reading ““Politics, pandering and pork,” more on the CF-18 replacement fiasco”

The hedgehog who changed a country

In a famous essay, written in the early 1950s, the great British liberal philosopher Isaiah Berlin commented on an ancient Greek aphorism, preserved in a fragment from the poet Archilochus: “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.” Berlin expanded on this notion dealing with the “one big idea” people, fromContinue reading “The hedgehog who changed a country”

Exactly right (2)

Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, is right on target when he says “It began just minutes after the first reports surfaced online. Though the killings had taken place at a Quebec City mosque, though the victims had all been Muslim, nevertheless it was asserted, with all the authority that anonymity confers, that theContinue reading “Exactly right (2)”

Countering the elites

When, a couple of days ago, I described how some Conservative leadership candidates are acting as 21st century, right wing “bolshies“ and  challenging the orthodoxies of generally left of centre “elites,” I didn’t put names or face to those elites but this image … … of four men, all representative of the modern day politicalContinue reading “Countering the elites”

Rethinking missile defence

There is a good, informative article in the National Post suggesting that part of remit of the Defence Review will be to reconsider Canadian participation in continental missile defence. It would be a very good move ~ and Prime Minister Trudeau and Defence Minister Sajjan are to be commended to considering it ~ IF theContinue reading “Rethinking missile defence”

A foreign policy BZ for Justin Trudeau

According to a report by Terry Glavin in the National Post, in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new ‘official Ottawa‘ “a full-bore free trade deal with the Chinese regime is on the table, along with the proposition that Canada should back China’s admission into the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement …“ Now, the rest of the article makes itContinue reading “A foreign policy BZ for Justin Trudeau”

Defence Procurement (2)

Andrew Coyne wrote a good column in the National Post almost 18 months ago dealing with defence procurement, a topic I have also dealt with a few weeks ago. But it is always a hot topic over on, where procurement problems have a very direct impact on the sailors, soldiers and air force members who participateContinue reading “Defence Procurement (2)”

Final word

I think it is time to close the book on Prime Minister Trudeau’s “refocus” of our efforts in the war against Da’esh/ISIL/ISIL, and, in so doing, I hope that neither columnist Andrew Coyne nor the National Post will mind very much if I quote an entire piece by Mr Coyne, which I am reproducing hereContinue reading “Final word”