There has been a lot of criticism of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's management, or lack thereof, of Canada's response to the COVID-19 crisis. I do not believe he did a good job, but I doubt that what he did is a whole lot worse than the job done by too many of his fellow leaders. … Continue reading Not to praise him
So, almost two weeks ago, Bill Blair said ... and yesterday Chrystia Freeland said that all travellers, including those returning from the USA, will be forced to self-isolate. Good stuff, right? The Trudeau government is finally acting like a gang of grownups, doing what e.g. Australia and Singapore and South Korea have been doing for … Continue reading Smoke and mirrors
Dr Kurt M. Campbell, who was, amongst many other things, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs in the Obama administration where he was widely credited as being the architect of the “pivot to Asia,” and Dr Rush Doshi, who is the director China Strategy Initiative at the Brookings Institution, argue, in … Continue reading Will China seize the day?
David Staples, an award-winning journalist, writing about a week ago in the Edmonton Journal, got it exactly right. After noting, correctly, that "There are a good number of sober, sensible actions that will change the world from a smoggy and smoky place into a clean and prosperous home for us all ... [but] ... Lashing out … Continue reading Another “exactly right” notion
I see an article by Robert Fife and Marieke Walsh in the Globe and Mail which says that "Teck Resources Ltd. is pulling its application for the massive Frontier oil sands mine in Alberta, citing the need for Canada to finalize its climate-change policies and determine how resource development fits within them ... [and] ... After … Continue reading Another kick in the groin … and we need to recover
I have been arguing for some time that liberalism, and with it democracy, are under stress. I see the stressors coming from two directions: From autocrats like Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping; and From populists ~ Donald J Trump being their frontman. But Thomas Carothers of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, writing in Foreign … Continue reading A crisis of governance
A bit more than a year ago I discussed a proposal for a G-9 which was dubbed 'The Committee to Save the World Order.' Sometime later, I discussed how such a group, I called it a G-X, might displace the G-20. Now, I see that last September, France and Germany formed just such a group: … Continue reading The Alliance for Multilateralism (AKA the committee to save the world)