Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

So, I saw this on social media: According to the Guardian, a reputable albeit somewhat progressive journal, "The [Australian] freight rail operator Aurizon has launched legal action against five environmental activists and is seeking $375,000 in compensation for a series of recent protests that stopped coal trains ... [and] ... Aurizon lodged a statement of claim … Continue reading Great idea! Can it work in Canada?

Exactly right

The Globe and Mail gets it exactly right in an editorial published a couple of days ago: "You can forgive Canadians," the Good Grey Globe says "for being confused ... [because] ... it has become the practice in this country to tread lightly when dealing with protests involving Indigenous people, even when the rule of … Continue reading Exactly right

Getting it all wrong

Ellis Ross is a British Columbia Liberal MLA. He was an elected councillor and, later, chief councillor of the Haisla Nation in the Kitimat region of Northwestern BC. He says, in an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun, that he "grew up experiencing dismal employment prospects, children being raised in poverty, tragic suicides, and horrific … Continue reading Getting it all wrong

I’m not a lawyer …

... which is the same excuse that Gerald Butts and Michael Wernick used to excuse themselves for improperly applying political pressure on former Attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould in an effort to get her to bend the rules to help Prime Ministre Trudeau help SNC_Lvalain to avoid prosecution for criminal activities ... I think that's called … Continue reading I’m not a lawyer …

Another Trudeau train wreck?

A year ago, I commented on a train wreck in Saskatchewan that spilt 1.5 million litres of crude oil on to Saskatchewan's farmlands. Now I see, on CBC News, that another train has crashed, just hours ago, in the same area ... ... about 100 km South-East of Saskatoon; and from the looks of the … Continue reading Another Trudeau train wreck?

Winning without Québec

Éric Grenier, who founded the poll aggregation site threehndredeight.com, and who is now a senior writer and polling analyst for the CBC, takes a look at Conservative fortunes in Québec since confederation. His analysis is, mostly, sound but he forgets one important historical point: the North-West Rebellion (1885). I believe that the French Canadian elites … Continue reading Winning without Québec

A good question

Noted historian Niall Ferguson asks, on social media: He said, in an interview with CNBC, that "there's a cognitive dissonance at the heart of Davos ... [because] ... Publicly, you have to agree with Greta Thunberg and you have to be part of the virtue-signaling community on climate change, on ESG ... [but] ... Privately, … Continue reading A good question