A timely question

Radio and TV personality Evan Solomon asks a good question in this clip from 580CFRA radio. The Kielburgers, he notes are neither newcomers nor naifs. Mark Kielburger is a Rhodes Scholar and Craig Kielburger has, he say, "been rubbing shoulders with politicians since he was 12 years old." They have, Mr Solomon says, been selling … Continue reading A timely question

Ready to govern?

So, Erin O'Toole has announced his shadow cabinet; these are the people who "lead" the Conservatives in the House of Commons on key issues as they prepare for the next election. Just as I was pleased to see veterans like Candice Bergen and sterling newcomers like Alex Ruff in leadership roles, so am I pleased … Continue reading Ready to govern?

“Ladies and gentlemen …”

"Ladies and gentlemen," Pierre Poilievre says at 1'35" of this linked video, "this is a coverup." He says that after showing page after page after page of "released" documents that are totally blacked out ... ... and after explaining that the prorogation of parliament means that the opposition parties cannot, now, force the government to … Continue reading “Ladies and gentlemen …”

But …

After Tuesday's testimony at the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Finance, the Globe and Mail's editorial board weighed in with some good, common-sense advice. "When you’re inquiring into a government scandal, it’s important to get straight what’s scandalous, or what might be, and what isn’t," the Globe's editorial board says, and I agree. They … Continue reading But …

My choice

It has not exactly been an inspiring race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but then neither was the last one. Part of the perceived problem was the global pandemic but part of it was a quite unreasonable and, in fact, unreasoned, desire to have some newsworthy "fireworks." Instead, four reasonable people debated four reasonable … Continue reading My choice

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?

Partisanship run amok

A few days ago, I said, "The sad states of repair of 24 Sussex Drive and the “cottages” at Harrington Lake are not Justin Trudeau’s fault. Generations of Canadian prime ministers have lacked the political coverage to say “fix them up … properly.” And it’s hard to blame them, a large and loud minority of Canadians hate the idea … Continue reading Partisanship run amok

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 for … Continue reading The right thing to do?

It’s time for a change

Please have a quick look at this (less than two minutes long) video ... ... from the US newsmagazine programme, 60 Minutes. Now, BlueDot is a Canadian company and amongst its clients are the Government of Canada: ... so, in addition to the Canadian military reports, which were made in early January, someone in the … Continue reading It’s time for a change

Canada needs …

Back in October, on the day before the last federal election, in fact, I said "For the last four years, Justin Trudeau has been spending wildly and unproductively. He has put Canada in a “precarious” (weak) fiscal position. I’m afraid that it doesn’t matter what Greta Thunberg says, the climate and the planet will still be … Continue reading Canada needs …