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

“Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

It is no secret that I am an admirer of retired US Marine Corps General and former US Secretary of Defense James "Mad Dog" Mattis; in fact, back in April of 2016 I hoped that he would run for president of the USA to spare America from having to choose between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton … Continue reading “Mad Dog” speaks; Canada should listen

Butts is Back

India is back on the front burner in Canadian politics. Remember the disastrous Trudeau trip in February of 2018? Well, noted Canadian journalist and commentator John Ivison interviewed Gerald Butts for a new book, 'Trudeau: The Education of a Prime Minister," which will be released in just a couple of days. In his own column, … Continue reading Butts is Back

Power Projection

I have argued, in the past, that the strategic role of power projection is one at which navies excel and, some would argue, it is one that only a navy can do well. Navies can prowl the oceans and remain 'on station' near a potential troublespot or a strategic 'choke point' for protracted periods, and … Continue reading Power Projection

Crossing lines?

There was considerable reaction to the testimony of Michael Wernick, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Canada's top civil servant, and, arguably, one of the most powerful people in all of government, when, last week, he addressed the SNC-Lavalin/Jody Wilson Raybould affair. Some people felt that he crossed some important lines. David Akin, for example, … Continue reading Crossing lines?

Whose fault is it, anyway?

Dr John Higginbotham, who was a senior Canadian diplomat whose career included several tours in China and a stint as a very senior official (Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy Development) in the foreign affairs department has weighed in, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail,  on John McCallum's problems in Canada and China. … Continue reading Whose fault is it, anyway?

Another scandal

David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says that "The December 2017 “Team Canada” tour – now more popularly known in some quarters in the military as “the party flight” – has without a doubt been a major public relations black eye for the Canadian Forces ... [because] ... The tour, with VIPs who were supposed … Continue reading Another scandal