My choice

It has not exactly been an inspiring race for the leadership of the Conservative Party, but then neither was the last one. Part of the perceived problem was the global pandemic but part of it was a quite unreasonable and, in fact, unreasoned, desire to have some newsworthy “fireworks.” Instead, four reasonable people debated four reasonable […]

Strategy vs Tactics

I have commented, very often, on grand strategy, strategy in various fields and tactics, also in many different fields. It has always seemed to me that both America and China were good at grand strategy. I think we saw two “master classes” in the 1940s, when Roosevelt, Stimson, Knox and Marshall set out the aims […]

Doing the right thing, the right way

I really hope that John Ivison, writing in the Calgary Herald, is correct, and former Prime Minister Stephen Harper will remain “above the fray” in the forthcoming Conservative leadership race. People who are close to Mr Harper told Mr Ivison that “the whole business model of his firm Harper & Associates is built on remaining […]

Conservative leadership, again

There is a very useful survey, by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, about three potential CPC leaders … … Jean Charest, Erin O’Toole and Pierre Poilievre. Mr Ibbitson, a keen and respected political observer says that: “Mr. O’Toole placed a respectable third in the 2017 leadership race. He has had a life outside […]

We need to do better

Shelly Hagan, Bloomberg’s Ottawa based Canadian economics reporter, says, in a recent (7 Jan 20) article, that “Economists expect Canada and the U.S. to compete for the top spot for growth among the Group of Seven countries in 2020, yet the latest population data reveal the two nations have starkly different forces driving their expansions.” […]

She’s right

Please watch this short video clip (it’s only 30 seconds long). It’s packed with real facts, with genuine data, in short, with the truth. Governor (Ambassador) and maybe future US presidential candidate Nikki Haley says that: “In the last 70 years … [i.e. since after I was born] … over 4 Billion people have been […]

Prognostications (1)

Veteran political commentator Gloria Galloway, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, says, and I agree 100%, that “The Conservatives are, understandably, bitter about losing the 2019 race. It seemed an easy stroll to victory given the blackface incident and other foibles of the Liberals and leader Justin Trudeau.” But, she adds, “though the Tories took the […]

Exactly wrong

I saw this on social media … … that is exactly wrong. It is 100%, completely back-asswards. 21st-century Conservatives are, by a mix of choice and default, the keepers of the 19th-century liberal flame and the custodians of 17th and 18th-century enlightenment. Prime Minister Mulroney was quite right: an important part of “the art of […]

Scheer’s dilemma

What did Andrew Scheer do in 2019? Well, for a start he led the Conservative Party to be the most popular party in Canada: CPC:                   6,240,000± votes / 34.34% of the popular vote; LPC:                   6,019,000± votes / 33.12% of the popular […]

A coalition?

I have been saying, for some months now, that “The CPC might be able to form a minority government but it is equally, perhaps even more likely that Justin Trudeau, with the formal support of Jagmeet Singh, would be able to continue to govern with some support from the BQ and the Greens on an […]