Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

There is an excellent, but lengthy, article in the Guardian by that newspaper's Canadian correspondent Ashifa Kassam which is headlined: "Justin Trudeau: the rise and fall of a political brand." Ms Kassam opens her essay by recounting the 2012 Brazeau-Trudeau boxing match. It was, as she explains, carefully arranged and staged by Team Trudeau ~ … Continue reading Live by the image, die by the image: A portrait of Justin Trudeau

I take Justin Trudeau at his word, Canadians should, too

There is a recent article by Rosemary Barton on the CBC News website which promotes a new book by her fellow CBC News journalist Aaron Wherry, which relies heavily on several interviews with Justin Trudeau ~ but none with Jody Wilson-Raybould, of course, because, as she explained to Mr Wherry, she is still bound by … Continue reading I take Justin Trudeau at his word, Canadians should, too

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, … Continue reading Pierre Trudeau’s legacy

Middle power?

Professor Roland Paris, of the University of Ottawa, who was formerly the foreign policy advisor to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and who has written a lot about Canada in the world, was interviewed, recently, on Australia's ABC Radio. It's a nearly one-hour-long piece, Professor Paris is on for about 10 minutes, at the beginning, and … Continue reading Middle power?

A linguistic dilemma

I see an article in the Globe and Mail that says that "Franco-Ontarian parents have long complained that the province’s French-language schools admit too many pupils who aren’t French speakers, putting in jeopardy their children’s linguistic development ... [and] ... Now, Ontario’s French school boards are facing the prospect of a constitutional challenge over the … Continue reading A linguistic dilemma

Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

The Globe and Mail's award-winning international affairs correspondent Doug Saunders, someone with whom I (almost equally) often disagree and agree, has penned an insightful piece in the Good Grey Globe in which he says that "Suddenly, Canada finds itself almost alone in the world, with a Liberal government realizing that its optimistic foreign policy no … Continue reading Trudeau’s foreign policy failure … and another prescription for saving the liberal order

A crime against Canadian history

Jim Bronskill of the Canadian Press, in an article published by the Globe and Mail, says that "Canada’s spy service destroyed a Cold War dossier on Pierre Trudeau in 1989 instead of turning it over to the national archives, The Canadian Press has learned ... [and] ... The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the secret file … Continue reading A crime against Canadian history