I hope …

Warren Kinsella used to run Prime Minister Jean Chrétien’s campaign “war room” back in the 1990s and early 2000s. He was not, I think, one of the Manley Liberals, but his Liberal roots are strong and deep and he is extraordinarily critical of Justin Trudeau, as is former Liberal Pary of Canada president (1998-2003) Stephen Ledrew.Continue reading “I hope …”

Cabinet making

A friend and regular interlocutor, reacting to a comment I made about a week ago, suggesting that the Trudeau cabinet is still too large, challenged me to look at the “ideal” cabinet. Now, it is certainly no secret that I think the “best” government Canada ever had, in modern times, say during the past century,Continue reading “Cabinet making”

So, there’s a cabinet shuffle coming up tomorrow …

… and here is some unsolicited (and possibly even unwelcome) advice for the Liberal Party’s grownups (and there are still some) who may yet have a bit of influence on Team Trudeau. It is based on my current guesstimate that the Liberals can be re-elected with a (probably weak) minority in 2019 but will be, almostContinue reading “So, there’s a cabinet shuffle coming up tomorrow …”


A few days ago I suggested that Vice Admiral Mark Norman has been made a scapegoat in a strange prosecution for breach of trust. His lawyers have named the person who actually may have leaked the cabinet confidence ~ they suggest that it was Mathew Matchett, then a civil servant in the Atlantic Canada OpportunitiesContinue reading “Justice?”


Both the National Post and CBC News are reporting that “Lawyers defending Vice-Admiral Mark Norman have taken aim at one of the Liberal government’s senior cabinet ministers in a court filing, alleging political interference in the program to deliver an interim supply ship to the navy … [and, CBC News continues] … The motion providesContinue reading “Scapegoat?”

The operational level of war: Russian air defences in Syria

There is a very useful article in the Georgetown Security Studies Review, a publication of Georgetown University’s Centre for Security Studies which, pretty much, puts paid to Russian propaganda attempts to suggest that Russia’s advanced S-300 and S-400 air defence systems deployed at its Hmeimim airbase and Tartus naval base actually engaged allied stand off weapons.Continue reading “The operational level of war: Russian air defences in Syria”

An open letter to a couple of Liberals

Surprise, surprise: I’m a highly partisan Conservative; I think the New Democrats are, usually, fiscally irresponsible to the point of being dangerous, and I believe that today’s Liberal Party of Canada, Justin Trudeau’s LPC, is irredeemably arrogant, blundering, corrupt, deceitful and so on, and unfit to hold office. My main problem with the Liberal PartyContinue reading “An open letter to a couple of Liberals”

Someone is “just not ready”

Well, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got a lot of global publicity last week … not much of it good. Even the staid Financial Times, which rarely stoops to deal in gossip or scandal, had to report that “Justin Trudeau’s troubled trip to India ran into further trouble on Thursday after it emerged that a manContinue reading “Someone is “just not ready””

Another thing …

… worth remembering, especially for Prime Minister Justin  Trudeau, Ministers like Scott Brison, Chrystia Freeland, Ahmed Hussen, Catherine McKenna, Jane Philpott and Harjit Sajan and, of course General Jonathan Vance and all the admirals and generals, commodores and colonels and warrant officers, petty officers and sergeants, too: As always, with thanks to my friend theContinue reading “Another thing …”