I disagree …

... with Michael Barrett and Pierre Poilievre when they propose to create a new parliamentary committee to investigate the WE Charity scandal. I agree that the scandal needs a thorough investigation. I would prefer a public, judicial inquiry, but that will not happen until we have a Conservative majority government. Any new committee will just be … Continue reading I disagree …

The truth will out … and it will hurt

The Globe and Mail reports that "The opposition parties are hoping to bring the WE Charity controversy back into focus with the resumption of key House of Commons committees this week ... [because] ... Studies on the matter were silenced by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to prorogue Parliament in August and, since the return … Continue reading The truth will out … and it will hurt

Partisanship, again

Senator Salma Ataullahjan is a "new Canadian," she was born in Pakistan and came to Canada as a young woman. She was a well-known community activist and leader and was appointed to the Senate in 2010. Senator Ataullahjan wants to be Canada's candidate for president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an organization that promotes co-operation among … Continue reading Partisanship, again

Shameful …

... and dishonest and cowardly seem to be the main reactions to Prime Minister Trudeau's decisions to prorogue parliament. Even The Star finds the timing awfully convenient, noting that "Thousands of pages of newly released documents back up the Trudeau government’s contention that it was federal public servants who recommended a student service grant program … Continue reading Shameful …

Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe "is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven ... [and] ... Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investors … Continue reading Is the worst over?

Democracy is in peril

About 1,500 years ago, in Saxon England, the nobles of the realm, the bishops, abbots (and abbesses) and the ealdormen and thegns and others would gather, fairly regularly, in an assembly to advise and, sometimes, to constrain the king. In a very typically English manner, they hit upon the notion that the kings were not, … Continue reading Democracy is in peril

Reviving democracy

Lorrie Goldstein, a veteran Toronto Sun journalist and a constant critic of Justin Trudeau's inept management of government, was, I hope, only trying to stir up a little controversy when he said, just the other day, on social media:   My hope is that he was trying, indirectly, to remind us that we, Canadians, and … Continue reading Reviving democracy

And this, too …

David Mulroney, a former very senior official who was, during a career and included many important posts, Canada's Ambassador to China said this on social media: The "this" to which he was referring was the latest scandal to engulf the Liberals, in this case, according to the Globe and Mail, Joyce Murray, the Trudeau minister … Continue reading And this, too …

Only the terminally stupid

Andrew Coyne is exactly right in this clip, at about 2'15", from 'The National's' 'At Issue' panel, when he says that the government is spending tens of billions of dollars and no one is holding them to account. The COVID-19 pandemic is meaningless, low rent trivia. In June of 1215, that's just over eight hundred … Continue reading Only the terminally stupid

Parliament must work

John Ibbitson reported, in the Globe and Mail, that "The House of Commons unanimously approved wage-subsidy legislation, Saturday afternoon, while Conservatives and Liberals disputed when and how Parliament should meet again ... [and] ... A smattering of MPs — only 20 are required for quorum — met briefly to approve the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy ... … Continue reading Parliament must work