Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

John Ibbitson, writing in the Globe and Mail, about a week ago, suggests that the "ballot question" for October 2019 is shaping up to be: Which of these two guys do I dislike or mistrust more than the other? He says that "The end of the Labour Day long weekend – when people reluctantly bid … Continue reading Cleavage politics is everybody’s loss

Divisions (3)

As I was writing the post just below, Divisions (2), and also thinking about something a friend wrote on social media, I got to thinking about other divisions and, of course, electoral politics. I was born in 1942, William Lyon Mackenzie King was the prime minister; my mother often said that, in the 1940s, it … Continue reading Divisions (3)

Dividing the right?

So, Maxime Bernier wants to start a new party, does he? Good luck with that ... opinion seems divided on his prospects for success. What does seem sure is that his defection is a boon for Prime Minister Trudeau ... that simple fact cannot be denied. New political movements are nothing new in Canada ... … Continue reading Dividing the right?

Put principles first

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: In the first, Gary Mason asks "Does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government really dislike Alberta and the West or is this just a convenient narrative, peddled by conservative politicians who have nothing but their own self-interest in mind?" He goes on to discuss the … Continue reading Put principles first

I wish I’d said this, too (even though there’s a lot of it)

This is longer than I planned when I started to write it, but I hope some will read most it because I believe this is important for Canadians, especially for Canadian Conservatives. Bagehot is the nom de plume under which one of The Economists writers, currently (I think) Adrian Wooldridge  writes about British affairs. This … Continue reading I wish I’d said this, too (even though there’s a lot of it)

Liberals and bell curves

Remember, a few years ago, when we all read about "The secret plot to destroy the Liberals"? Except it wasn't all that secret; the conventional wisdom was that Stephen Harper wanted something akin to the UK or US two party system wherein a solidly left wing NDP would compete, head to head, with a solidly … Continue reading Liberals and bell curves

Self inflicted wounds

Now that the Liberal Convention is over the media critiques begin. There is an interesting article in the Hill Times which cites an unnamed Liberal who said: "“Just look at the time since we formed government, you take out the self-inflicted wounds, we have done very well” ... [and] ...  This source and other Liberal sources … Continue reading Self inflicted wounds