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

Worthless political posturing

As Robyn Urback points out, in an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail, the Trudeau-Freeland Liberals are engaged in an act of worthless ~ and basically anti-American ~ political posturing as they move forward with a ban on "military-style" assault rifles, with special emphasis on the AR-15 which, Ms Urback says, while known as … Continue reading Worthless political posturing

Blue-collar conservatism

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

Making Conservatism work

Andrew Coyne, writing in the Globe and Mail a few days ago, after covering ground that I have covered, over and over again, said that: "The first and most important step, then, is for Conservatives to develop some elemental self-confidence; to accept that they are in the persuasion game, and that the answer to electoral … Continue reading Making Conservatism work

Exactly wrong

I saw this on social media ... ... that is exactly wrong. It is 100%, completely back-asswards. 21st-century Conservatives are, by a mix of choice and default, the keepers of the 19th-century liberal flame and the custodians of 17th and 18th-century enlightenment. Prime Minister Mulroney was quite right: an important part of "the art of … Continue reading Exactly wrong

Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

I'm afraid that my slight bastardization of Shakespear's line (Macbeth Act 1, scene 4, 7–8) will be overused in the next few days to describe Andrew Scheer's decision to resign as leader of the Conservative Party of Canada. He did so, we are told, at a special caucus meeting, and then in a graceful speech … Continue reading Nothing in his office became him like the leaving it

Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?

A few days ago one of my interlocutors asked, in response to one of my posts: "Is it realistic to dispute that under the current ‘first past the post’ electoral system in Canada the country is governed / controlled by the population centre in the ‘Windsor to Quebec City’ corridor? Even today the current minority … Continue reading Can increased immigration help to reform democracy in Canada?