There are few things more boring than discussions of tax reform. Once a year, or so, most of us grumble about how complicated the tax system is ~ I have commented on Rita Trichur's idea about that, by the way ~ but then we forget it. Jack Mintz, writing in the Financial Post, says that … Continue reading Boring, but vital
The other morning I was in my local supermarket (during the 7:00 AM "senior's hour") and I was chatting ~ at a safe distance ~ with one of the managers. I remarked on the rather large number of employees packing shopping baskets (three or four large green baskets in one large shopping cart) for others. … Continue reading New normal?
So there is some fuss on social media about Prime Minister Trudeau's government providing $50 million to help temporary foreign workers to self-isolate. As iPolitics explains, "Ottawa is providing $50 million to farmers, fish harvesters and other food production and processing employers to cover the costs of ensuring workers arriving from abroad properly self-isolate for … Continue reading A big idea
Todd Purdom, who is an editor and political correspondent for Vanity Fair, reminded us, a dozen years ago, that the Rogers and Hammerstein musical 'South Pacific' had, then, some lessons for us. He reminded us, specifically, of the scene in which the American officers are trying to persuade the civilian planter, Emile De Becque to … Continue reading What are we for?
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
It is no secret, I think, to anyone who follows this blog that I regard Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau's white paper on foreign policy, 'A Foreign Policy for Canadians,' as having been an act of policy vandalism. I continue to believe that Pierre Trudeau was driven by an intense need to find a way to … Continue reading Resetting our foreign policy
Éric Grenier, who founded the poll aggregation site threehndredeight.com, and who is now a senior writer and polling analyst for the CBC, takes a look at Conservative fortunes in Québec since confederation. His analysis is, mostly, sound but he forgets one important historical point: the North-West Rebellion (1885). I believe that the French Canadian elites … Continue reading Winning without Québec
I have written, several times before about the precariat (which is sometimes defined as a social class formed by people suffering from precarity, which is a condition of existence without predictability or security, affecting material or psychological welfare). The main problem of the precariat is the very precariousness (hence the term) of its day-to-day and … Continue reading The Precariat squared
Jonathan Kay, an excellent journalist and commentator, posted this on social media a couple of days ago: This is the full image: That is, I think, what we are watching the Democratic Party do in the United States this year. It is why I continue, quite confidently, to predict that Donald J Trump will be … Continue reading How to lose the next election
Aereo is a British left-leaning e-zine (or maybe just a glorified blog) that has been around for just a few years. In a recent (December 2019) article written by its editor, Helen Puckrose and James A Lindsay (both of whom enjoyed a brief moment of fame a year or so ago for writing "20 fake … Continue reading Blue-collar conservatism