The Senate, again …

Following on from my recent comments about Bill-C-48, I note that Andrew Coyne, writing in the National Post, reminds us that "The business of passing, amending or defeating legislation, in a democracy, is properly the work of the people’s elected representatives, and no one else. Senators may have the power to do so, on paper, … Continue reading The Senate, again …

I am conflicted

A few months ago I suggested that the then Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, should step up, in the case of Vice Admiral Mark Norman, and defend the principle of cabinet government, which, as Professor Philippe Lagassé of Carleton University, who is an expert on our parliamentary system, explains is a powerful "constitutional convention of collective ministerial … Continue reading I am conflicted

Just a thought, to start 2019: Senate reform (a hardy Canadian perennial)

I have nothing but the greatest respect for Senator Peter Harder, the Trudeau-Liberal government's representative in the Senate, he has served Canada well as a diplomat, senior civil servant, scholar and, now, as a Senator. But he is talking nonsense when he says, according to a report on CBC News, that "the election of Conservative … Continue reading Just a thought, to start 2019: Senate reform (a hardy Canadian perennial)

Annoying China

This is the second of two article about China, today, and this one is very specifically about Sino-Canadian relations. The South China Morning Post reports that "A motion [in the Senate of Canada moved by Conservative Senator Thanh Hai Ngo] against Chinese military actions in the disputed South China Sea has been slammed by China, … Continue reading Annoying China

The next GG

In an article in the Globe and Mail, John Ibbitson, very rightly, pays tribute to David and Sharon Johnston ~ they have, indeed, been gracious and stalwart vice-regal couple. Mr Ibbitson concludes by asking "Who will replace him? The choice of governor-general," he explains "is a closely guarded secret that, to this writer’s knowledge, has … Continue reading The next GG

Defence, again ~ Senate reports, 2% and capabilities

Tony Battista, the CEO of the Conference of Defence Associations, a pro-defence lobby group and Charles Davies, who is a fellow with the CDA Institute, have written an article in the Toronto Sun that deals with two Senate reports about which I have commented: Military Underfunded: The Walk Must Match the Talk; and Reinvesting in … Continue reading Defence, again ~ Senate reports, 2% and capabilities

Words from the wise

The Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence has released its report entitled "Reinvesting in the Canadian Armed Forces: A Plan for the Future." The report is available on the Committee's web site under 'Associated Links' at the bottom. The news release make a few interesting points: The Committee's "recommendation to cancel a government decision … Continue reading Words from the wise