FUBAR

I was glad to see, in yesterday’s Globe and Mail, that Health Canada has approved another vaccine for use in Canada. But, the same newspaper tells us, “as of this week, Canada ranked behind more than 30 countries in vaccination rates. Its number of inoculated citizens stalled in February, hovering at about 5 per cent – whileContinue reading “FUBAR”

Remember Daniel Jean?

Daniel Jean is now a Senior Fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. His biography, on the uOttawa website, tells us that “Daniel Jean served as National Security and Intelligence Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada (2016-18). Previously, he was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2013-2016) and DeputyContinue reading “Remember Daniel Jean?”

To go or not to go?

So, I see, in Le Devoir that “A new factor is likely to complicate the electoral thinking of federal parties. The Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, warns, in an interview with Le Devoir, that he will not submit his much-awaited report on Justin Trudeau’s conduct in the WE Charity affair in theContinue reading “To go or not to go?”

Desperation

“It will surprise no one,” the Globe and Mail‘s John Ibbitson wrote in that newspaper, “if investigations into the attack on the Capitol Building last Wednesday conclude the Proud Boys were among the main culprits.” And it will surprise even fewer (if that’s even possible) that the Liberal Party will try to use whatever toolContinue reading “Desperation”

How much is enough? (3)

Usually, when I ask “How much is enough?” I’m arguing for spending 2% of GDP on our national defence or for fiscal discipline. Over two years ago I said, “we do not, I believe, have a revenue problems in Canada, we have spending problems ~ not just one, almost everything, except perhaps making interest paymentsContinue reading “How much is enough? (3)”

The question …

… which I have been asking, on social media, for weeks … … is, finally, thanks to a Conservative Senator, out in the open: the Toronto Sun reports that “Quebec Senator Leo Housakos called Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a bribe taker in the We Charity scandal, prompting a chorus of “Shame! Shame!” from other senatorsContinue reading “The question …”

He can’t seem to help himself

So, I see, in an article from Reuters, that “India summoned Canada’s ambassador on Friday and said comments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over protests by farmers near Delhi were an interference in its domestic affairs and would seriously hurt bilateral ties … [this latest issue started when] … Trudeau, speaking to the IndianContinue reading “He can’t seem to help himself”

It’s only question of when

Jacinda Arden in New Zealand, Blaine Higgs in New Brunswick, John Horgan in British Columbia and Scott More in Saskatchewan … … have all turned minority governments into majorities or, in Premier Moe’s case, been reelected with another majority. How long can it be before Team Trudeau decides that it can do the same? What’sContinue reading “It’s only question of when”

Real priorities

High ranking Conservative MP Michelle Rempel-Garner is getting some serious criticism for a remark that I wish she hadn’t made, but it points up a bigger problem. As generally liberal political strategist and analyst Rick Anderson says: I agree and I am as guilty as anyone of “cheap partisanship.” I still guess that we areContinue reading “Real priorities”

@dolighan gets it

Editorial cartoonist Tim Dolighan, drawing in the Toronto Sun, seems, to me, to perfectly capture Jagmeet Singh’s dilemma: The New Democrats are NOT ready for an election. Neither, in my opinion, is the Conservative Party, but it is in far, far better shape than is the fourth party in Parliament. Thus, the Tories can blusterContinue reading “@dolighan gets it”