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Some days bring news that is harder and harder to believe … like this story, in the Globe and Mail, which says that “Government documents, seen by The Globe and Mail and marked secret and for Canadian eyes only, show that officials at the highest levels of Global Affairs were alarmed that General Jonathan Vance, …

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. …

Foreign policy fumbles

A bit more than a week ago, Graeme Gordon, a freelance journalist, published by True North (which self-describes as “a registered Canadian charity … [which is] … independent and non-partisan … [that conducts] … policy research on immigration and integration issues and provide timely investigative reports on issues that affect Canada’s national security”) said that “The …

Leadership is the key issue

Gerald Butts strikes back … politely First, a few thoughts on Gerald Butts’ testimony, today, which did little, in my opinion, to counter what Ms Wilson-Raybould had to say. As expected he said, ever so calmly and politely, that the pressure put on Jody Wilson-Raybould was normal for politics and that the 9,000 jobs in …

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, …

Let the demonization continue

The campaign by the Laurentian Elites to demonize Conservatives, in general, and Stephen Harper in particular, continues with a report by federal Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson that finds that Nigel Wright “broke two sections of the Conflict of Interest Act when he personally gave Duffy $90,000 to repay the Senate for questionable living expense claims … [because] …

Adieu Stéphane Dion

Craig Scott, a law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and former NDP MP for Toronto-Danforth, has written a scathing attack on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Toronto Star for his handling of Stéphane Dion. M Dion is, Professor Scott argues, “a great Canadian who busted a gut fighting for this country’s unity, who bravely …

The truth shall make you free

In an editorial, the Globe and Mail says that “Last fall, it was one of the Liberal election campaign’s most prominent promises. To quote the platform: “We will end Canada’s combat mission in Iraq.” Simple, straightforward, clear … [but, just] …  A year later, however, Canadian special operations soldiers are very much on the ground …

Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi

Matt Gurney, writing in the National Post, calls out Global Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion for what he calls “Online “slacktivism” — that exercise in virtue-signalling that requires no more commitment to a cause than a retweet or a Facebook like.” It is, he says, the new face of Canada’s foreign policy and, he says, “what …

Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Brexit and Canada

The cover story in the new, Fall, edition of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute’s journal The Dispatch is by Julian Lindley-French and is headlined: “Brexit, the Angloshpere and Canada.” Dr Lindley-French’s opening salvo is: “The normally reliable and sensible Anne Appelbaum got it badly wrong when she suggested that Britain would not survive outside the …