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)”

The best of enemies

I appear to have made a few enemies on social media because, primarily, of this post: “How We (Conservatives) Can Win The Next Election,” which I made over a year ago. I said then, and reaffirmed, later,, that the religious right,  which I described as being a”small slice” of the Conservative “base” is, too often, identifiedContinue reading “The best of enemies”

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”

Worth bearing in mind …

… especially for those of us who would discuss politics and strategy (or lack of it) and values and the business of soldiering. (Apologies to H.L. Mencken, who may or may not have coined this phrase.)

If there should be a right to die, must there also be a duty to accept “assisted” death?

Margaret Wente, in a though provoking column in the Globe and Mail, which is well worth the read, raises the issue of a “slippery slope” between a “right to die” and, potentially, she thinks, to a “one size MUST fit all” approach … a sort of variant of the “zero tolerance” approach about which I haveContinue reading “If there should be a right to die, must there also be a duty to accept “assisted” death?”

The social conservative dilemma

I have some sympathy for Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown who is described, in a National Post article by Michael De Tandt (that is, ostensively about rookie, teen-aged Ontario MPP Sam Oosterhoff), as being “Based on his voting record … a so-con himself, as Ontario Liberals adore pointing out … [because] … To the teensy extentContinue reading “The social conservative dilemma”

Politics in the new Roaring 20s

There is a very interesting article in Newsweek by Robert Reich who is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretariesContinue reading “Politics in the new Roaring 20s”

Tip of the iceberg

It is tempting to overreact to Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s latest “fiscal folly:” another case in which, as CBC News puts it, he, actually Canada, “is still staring at a horizon awash in red ink, with no forecasted return to a balanced budget.” The Economist says that, thanks to Jean Chrétien and Stephen Harper, “Canada hasContinue reading “Tip of the iceberg”

Conscription? … only for a few?

Since there is, currently, thanks to Dr Kellie Leitch, so much debate about Canadian values I thought I would ask Conservatives what they think about this? The linked story, from the National Post, says that two well known ethicists (Udo Schucklenk of Queens University and Julian Savulescu of Oxford University) have proposed, in articles inContinue reading “Conscription? … only for a few?”

A not quite so big tent?

I think I have been pretty consistent over the months I have been writing here in advocating, again and again, for a big tent party. Now, in an opinion piece in the Toronto Star, Prime Minister Harper’s former communications director, Angelo Persichilli, argues that: Prime Minister “Stephen Harper … succeeded only in building a “coalition” of conservativeContinue reading “A not quite so big tent?”