Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

The Conservative problem

Andrew MacDougall, a senior public relations consultant in London (the big, British London, not London, Ontario) and a former head of PR in former prime minister Stephen Harper’s PMO, has penned an important opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that I really hope the high-foreheads in the Conservative Party‘s HQ all read and takeContinue reading “The Conservative problem”

Typical … and dumb

Ryan Tumilty, writing in the National Post, reports that “Politicians warned Wednesday Canadians can expect weeks or months of social distancing, but declined to reveal their own models or estimates of just how many people could become infected or die of COVID-19 … [but] … While federal and provincial leaders stressed the need for Canadians toContinue reading “Typical … and dumb”

What are we for?

Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical ‘South Pacific‘ had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque toContinue reading “What are we for?”

Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada

I self-identify as a classical liberal: please take a quick look at my site’s (longish) title just above. Liberals like me look back past the Glorious Revolution of 1688,  past Simon de Montfort’s Great Parliament in 1265, even past Aristotle and Plato, the origins of liberalism might go all the way back to the originalContinue reading “Its time to put liberalism back in the Liberal Party of Canada”

Out from under rocks

I said, just a couple of days ago, that I confidently expect President Trump to be reelected in 2020 and then I expect another, albeit much more accomplished and polished Trumpian to succeed him in 2024. Then, just two days ago I cited an article published by the Gatestone Institute which is known to beContinue reading “Out from under rocks”

How to lose the next election

Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will beContinue reading “How to lose the next election”

Is anyone surprised?

Is anyone really surprised at the amount of discussion that this short (45 second) video clip is generating? The National Post said, yesterday, that “The social conservative wing of the Conservative Party looks set to have at least one flag-bearer in the leadership race, as former party staffer Richard Décarie is collecting signatures and hasContinue reading “Is anyone surprised?”

Social conservative angst

It’s no secret, I am sure, to anyone who follows my blog that I am NOT a social conservative. In fact, I have described myself as a social libertarian who wants the Conservative Party and, indeed, the Government of Canada, get past religiously-based issues like marriage, same-sex relationships, gay rights and abortion. I was notContinue reading “Social conservative angst”

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg‘s Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that “Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions.”Continue reading “We need to do better”