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 …

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 … Continue reading Foreign policy fumbles

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 … Continue reading Leadership is the key issue

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

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] … Continue reading Let the demonization continue

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 … Continue reading Adieu Stéphane Dion

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 … Continue reading The truth shall make you free

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 … Continue reading Parvi enim sunt foris arma, nisi est consilium domi

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 … Continue reading Everyman’s Strategic Survey: Brexit and Canada

In the wrong hands

Yesterday I commented on the notion (with which I agree, fully) that Justin Trudeau's foreign policy is causing distress in the capitals of our traditional friends and allies, the other great, Western, liberal democracies,  and "perverse delight in Beijing and Moscow." Today The Economist makes the case that Prime Minister Trudeau, amongst others with whom … Continue reading In the wrong hands