Conservative leadership, again

There is a very useful survey, by John Ibbitson in the Globe and Mail, about three potential CPC leaders ... ... Jean Charest, Erin O'Toole and Pierre Poilievre. Mr Ibbitson, a keen and respected political observer says that: "Mr. O’Toole placed a respectable third in the 2017 leadership race. He has had a life outside … Continue reading Conservative leadership, again

Prognostications (2)

The Economist says that economic expansions, like the decade-long one that we have enjoyed, "are most often killed off by rising interest rates or financial crashes—surprises that cause economy-wide demand for goods and services to fall. Rarer is the supply-side recession in which economies are deprived of their productive capacity. Not since the oil-price shocks … Continue reading Prognostications (2)

The Throne Speech

Remember just a couple of months ago? The mainstream media, in the summer and, especially during the election campaign in September,  when the Globe and Mail said "with an economy that’s generally healthier than how he found it, despite large deficits, Mr. Trudeau can still craft a message of stability and prosperity for the “middle … Continue reading The Throne Speech

Damned if he does

This post, from the estimable and retired senior civil servant, diplomat and political insider (he was Brian Mulroney's Chief of Staff after holding a senior appointment in both provincial and the national cabinet offices) Norman Spector pretty much sums up Justin Trudeau's dilemma: I'm not going to repeat (well, not more than just this once) … Continue reading Damned if he does

A bit of a farce

David Rosenberg, who is the chief economist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates, says, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, that "It is hard to believe, based on the country’s economic record of the past four years, that Canadians opted for four more years of centre-left policies. At the margin, with the NDP … Continue reading A bit of a farce

A sensible environmental plan

This story, from the Globe and Mail, is over a year old but the headline still shocks me: One trillion litres of sewage leaked into lakes and rivers over last five years That's right, one trillion litres. That's 1,000,000,000,000 litres. That's about the same as 400,000 official Olympic-sized swimming pools full of stinking raw sewage. StatsCan … Continue reading A sensible environmental plan

Going green rather than going broke

Author and educator Dan Gardner says, in the Globe and Mail, that "One in three Canadians thinks nuclear power emits as much carbon dioxide as burning oil. Almost three in 10 think it emits more ... [and, he says] ... There are several reasons to marvel at these facts, which were uncovered by Abacus Data earlier this year. … Continue reading Going green rather than going broke