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?”

This looks about right

David Parkins, drawing in the Globe and Mail, seems to see the current situation very clearly: Reconciling the Conservative Party‘s commitment to listen to Canadians (Policy 161 ~ which I discussed yesterday) with the realities of winning election by NOT alienating voters is hard.

The end of the CPC?

There are those who believe that the Conservative Party of Canada suffers from some sort of political suicide ideation. There seem to be factions in the Party that are emotionally incapable of accepting any sort of compromise or moderation. The Campaign Life Coalition might be one of them. I see, in an article in theContinue reading “The end of the CPC?”

What matters

Following on from yesterday, and as I approach my next birthday (my 80th birthday is only a couple of years away) I have had recent occasion to reexamine some of my core beliefs. First, over the last 77+ years, I have lived and worked all over the world. One thing I learned is that ALLContinue reading “What matters”

Not racist, just dumb

Recent comments by Conservative MP and leadership candidate Deek Sloan have caused quite a stir: Mr Sloan has tried to explain that his remarks were not based on Dr Theresa Tams’ sex or race but, rather, on her actions during the COVID-19 emergency when she appeared to be too strenuous in toeing the WHO andContinue reading “Not racist, just 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?”

Failing the test

The Gatestone Institute is a strongly conservative, pro-Zionist and some say anti-Muslim, American think tank founded by Nina Rosenwald and headed, for a time, by John Bolton. Ms Rosenwald comes by her Zionism honestly, she is the heiress to the Sears, Roebuck fortune and, equally, heiress to a long tradition of Rosenwald philanthropy that included,Continue reading “Failing the test”

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”

Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect

It’s far, far too soon to write the history of the war in Afghanistan. In that regard, I’m reminded of the anecdote about the first meeting of Henry Kissinger and Zhou Enlai in the run-up to the historic Nixon visit to China. Dr Kissinger, knowing that Zhou Enlai was interested in history, is reputed toContinue reading “Afghanistan in (1st draft) retrospect”

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: “The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoralContinue reading “Making Conservatism work”