I don’t often disagree …

… with Norman Spector, he is a man of HUGE accomplishments, an author, diplomat and very senior public servant, who always takes a reasoned approach to situations. But this time, I must. Mr Spector said … … and I think he’s wrong. I think Canadians should be quietly applauding today because Canada “dodged a bullet,” […]

Exactly back-asswards

I see, in a report in The Guardian, that former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown “has urged world leaders to create a temporary form of global government to tackle the twin medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic … [and] … The former Labour prime minister, who was at the centre of the international efforts […]

Getting the UN thing right

Mike Blanchfield, writing for the Canadian Press, says, in an article published by the National Observer, that “The ill will of autocratic countries like China, and some worthy head-on competitors, should compel the Trudeau government to campaign harder for a seat on the United Nations Security Council, analysts said Friday.” Those analysts are wrong. The […]

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton […]

Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

I have banged on and on and on, to the annoyance of some of my readers, about how Pierre Elliot Trudeau reshaped Canada, almost entirely, in my considered opinion, for the worse. I have singled out, frequently, his evident distaste for the  Canadian military and his very real isolationism and reluctance to have armed forces, […]

War in the “grey zone”

I said, about 18 months ago, that “Western leaders like Presidents Marcon and Trump, Chancellor Merkel and Prime Ministers Abe, May, Rutte, Trudeau, Turnbull all see “war” as a binary choice ~ you’re either fighting or you’re not, while Putin and Xi see it as spectrum wherein actual armed conflict is only one of many, […]

Scheer is wrong on this

I see, in a report in the Globe and Mail, that “Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he would continue Canada’s campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council if he becomes Prime Minister following this fall’s federal election.” Now, I keep saying that, in order to win, Andrew Scher must deemphasize some conservative […]

The “unipolar moment,” “gratification without commitment” and the end of an “empire of ideas.”

A few weeks ago, Fareed Zakaria, writing in Foreign Affairs, said “Sometime in the last two years, American hegemony died. The age of U.S. dominance was a brief, heady era, about three decades marked by two moments, each a breakdown of sorts. It was born amid the collapse of the Berlin Wall, in 1989. The end, […]

We need adult leadership

Professor Michael Ignatieff is the former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and, currently, is president and rector of the Central European University, in Budapest, Hungary. Previously Dr Ignatieff served as a professor at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He testified (via video-conference) at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign […]

A full-course meal

Colin Robertson, a former Canadian diplomat (1977-2010) and, currently, Vice President and Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, says, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that “Tweets and soundbites,” both much loved by Justin Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, “are the fast food of communicating policy. Like news releases, they are frequent but mostly […]