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?”

Worrying prognostications

Tom Mulcair, a pretty savvy politician I think we can all agree, says, in an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen, that “Anyone who entertained doubts that Justin Trudeau is doing everything he can to clear the runway for a spring election only had to look at events of last week to understand that he’sContinue reading “Worrying prognostications”

Adding fuel to the fire

I see, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that Konrad Yakabuski says that here, in Canada, “The ideal of a country in which French and English can co-exist on an equal footing without one overpowering the other has never come close to being realized. Francophones employed in the federal public service knowContinue reading “Adding fuel to the fire”

Wexit worries

There is a frightening column by Danielle Smith in the Calgary Herald which suggests that the prospect of a Wexit, about which I have commented, at least a couple of times, before, is on the rise. I remain, personally, committed to the notion that Canada, from sea-t0-sea-to-sea, is better, in the 21st century, than isContinue reading “Wexit worries”

Pipelines, anyone?

With apologies to Charles Dickens: ‘Keystone XL was dead: to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of its burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Biden signed it: and Biden’s name was good upon ’Change, for anything he chose to put his hand to.Continue reading “Pipelines, anyone?”

It is time (2)

Yesterday, I said that despite his many and manifest failures as a leader and as a person, Canadians remain likely to vote for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party because: They are, broadly and generally, satisfied with the way he has tried to help Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic ~ mainly by by spending lotsContinue reading “It is time (2)”

Being Conservatively green

Two images caught my eye in the past few weeks: First was this ↑ ~ wind turbine blades being stored in a sort of landfill because they cannot be recycled. There was a similar image of solar panels which, likewise, cannot be recycled. Each has a real, not terribly long, service life. Each creates realContinue reading “Being Conservatively green”

Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction

Remember that Rolling Stones hit from the 1960s: Hey, you, get off of my cloud? No? Do you mean anyone who actually remembers the ’60s wasn’t really there? Or is it that ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll sounds too much like the Team Trudeau campaign slogan? After all, legalizing pot was just about theContinue reading “Hey, you, get out of my jurisdiction”

Disappointed

I supported Erin O’Toole in his quest for the Conservative Party leadership in 2017 and again in 2020. But I share the Globe and Mail‘s columnist Andrew Coyne’s disappointment at both the carefully contrived language and, worse, the sentiment that Mr O’Toole showed in caving-in, no other word for it, to Québec Premier François Legault’sContinue reading “Disappointed”

And again …

So, I saw this, from a consistently reliable source, on social media: The former Liberal MP is Frank Baylis, a one-term MP for the riding of Pierrefonds-Dollard, who was, until 2015, the president of Baylis Medical, a medical technology firm. OK, no problem. MPs are allowed to retire and create companies and earn contracts …Continue reading “And again …”