Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

@dolighan gets it

Editorial cartoonist Tim Dolighan, drawing in the Toronto Sun, seems, to me, to perfectly capture Jagmeet Singh’s dilemma: The New Democrats are NOT ready for an election. Neither, in my opinion, is the Conservative Party, but it is in far, far better shape than is the fourth party in Parliament. Thus, the Tories can blusterContinue reading “@dolighan gets it”

My worst fear

Back about a decade ago the conventional political wisdom was that Prime Minister Stephen Harper wanted “a two-party system, one that pitted right against left, free enterprise against socialism, Conservatives against New Democrats.” I never agreed with that view … and I was never sure that was what Prime Minister Harper actually wanted because IContinue reading “My worst fear”

Quid pro quo

A few weeks ago I speculated that Bardish Chagger was being set up to be the “fall gal” for the WE Charity scandal. I was spectacularly wrong about Bill Morneau being bomb-proof ~ the Prime Minister’s Office dropped the MOAB (Mother Of All Bombs) on him as they tried to change the channel away fromContinue reading “Quid pro quo”

Throwing the public service under the bus

So, who’s to blame for the We Charity fiasco? According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in an answer to NDP MP Charlie Angus, at about 15:45 PM, said cabinet didn’t decide … it was the “professional public service” who gave ministers a “yea or nay” choice. Then in answer to a question from Conservative MPContinue reading “Throwing the public service under the bus”

The right thing to do?

John Ibbitson, who is described as “a writer-at-large” for the Globe and Mail (I think that means senior columnist who is given carte balance on topics) and David Parkinson, who is the Good Grey Globe‘s economics columnist have, in an opinion piece, opened the pandora’s box of a universal basic income. Bravo! And medals forContinue reading “The right thing to do?”

How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.

Dr Nouriel Roubini is a world-famous economist. He is Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Chairman of Roubini Macro Associates. He was Senior Economist for International Affairs in the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers during the Clinton Administration. He has worked for the International Monetary Fund, the USContinue reading “How to face a ‘Greater Depression:’ with a government of national unity.”

Buyer’s remorse?

I see that the Angus Reid Institute has new polling data that says that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his minority Liberal government are bearing the scars of what has been a most bruising start to a federal government’s year … [because] … While the first 60 days of 2019 were defined by a political scandal,Continue reading “Buyer’s remorse?”

Everyone needs to hear or read this

This is a video of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s remarks made at Auschwitz. What she says matters: she speaks of “barbaric crimes,” and about people who were “humiliated, tortured and murdered,” and she says “this is the place where the most horrible crimes against humanity took place.” Let us be clear: the victims of theseContinue reading “Everyone needs to hear or read this”

Almost four years ago

Almost four years ago I wrote, “Pretty much every day since the October election my Twitter feed has been full of 140 character rants about either or both of the “evil Canadian media” or the “stupid Canadian voters.”” There’s no change in 2019, except that Twitter now allows 280 characters. Is some media biased? YesContinue reading “Almost four years ago”