Is Canada broken?

A bit more than ten years ago, John Ibbitson asked that question in the Globe and Mail. It appeared to him, then, that “Canada is a nation of strong provinces with a weak federal government, hobbled by minority Parliaments and uncertain of its own relevance.” Not much has changed, has it? He also said thatContinue reading “Is Canada broken?”

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 claimContinue reading “Great idea! Can it work in Canada?”

A good diagnosis and a useful prescription

Jack Mintz,  is a highly regarded economist who is the President’s Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and who also serves on the boards of Imperial Oil Limited and Morneau Shepell (Liberal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s family firm) and is the National Policy Advisor for Ernst & Young. He has written anContinue reading “A good diagnosis and a useful prescription”

A message for Conservatives from a peerless source

Almost three years and over 1,500 posts ago I began this blog because I wanted to comment, in particular, on the fate and the future of Canadian Conservatism, Tory blue Conservatism with a capital C, which was, I said, my political ‘home’ because I am a classical liberal and there is no room for realContinue reading “A message for Conservatives from a peerless source”

Post-Liberalism: Trost, Trudeau and Trump?

First this is a bit of a circuitous post, and, second I may be marching confidently into a space where even the bravest angels fear to tread, but an article in Foreign Affairs by Dr Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institute caught my eye. It was the headline that intrigued me: “Post-Liberalism, East and WestContinue reading “Post-Liberalism: Trost, Trudeau and Trump?”

The wrong answer

As much as I really want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to succeed, for Canada’s sake, in getting the Kinder Morgan/Trans Mountain pipeline pushed through to completion, I believe that he has picked the wrong way to try … First, I believe that he needed to find some way to give Premier Horgan a graceful wayContinue reading “The wrong answer”

2019 (9): Rights and Freedoms

What a silly, immature, puffed up young twerp we (some of us, anyway) elected to be our prime minister. As John Ibbitson points out in an article in the Globe and Mail, “Thousands of student summer-job grants, along with a brand-new community-service program, have been rendered unavailable to organizations and people of faith, thanks toContinue reading “2019 (9): Rights and Freedoms”

The King and I

It’s been a long time since Canada had a king; I recall when King George VI died, it was 1952, in February actually, and I was in the 4th grade … we had, if memory serves, a school assembly ~ a major event in those days in a small, rural school ~ and the principal,Continue reading “The King and I”

2019 (1)

So, here were are in the dog days of summer … the Calgary Stampede is over and done, the prime minister made a last minute, short, tightly controlled appearance , but Andrew Scheer seemed to have had more fun, and politicians are, mostly, home, doing some important constituency work, reconnecting with local voters and local issuesContinue reading “2019 (1)”

A reaffirmation

About 14 months ago, when I started this blog, I said: “I’m an old, retired soldier with an interest in politics. I self describe as a classical, 19th century liberal ~ which means, in 21st century Canada, that I’m a Conservative … [and] … I believe in four fundamental rights for each and every individual:Continue reading “A reaffirmation”