Towards a sane environmental policy

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Professor Roger A Pielke Jr, who is vilified by some as being a climate change denier, but who appears to be a reputable (if controversial) and well qualified researcher suggests that energy consumption is growing at a rate that makes reducing greenhouse gas emissions by any margin at all … Continue reading Towards a sane environmental policy

The Trudeau train wreck

So, a day ago, I saw this on CBC News: "CN Rail is working to clean up an oil leak after nearly 40 train cars carrying crude oil derailed near a village in western Manitoba early Saturday morning ... [the report says that] ... CN crews are responding to the derailment, which occurred at 3:30 a.m. Saturday … Continue reading The Trudeau train wreck

Punching below our weight

Lawrence Martin in a journalist/commentator with whose opinions I very often disagree; he has a strong anti-conservative, and pro-Liberal bias; he has been a reliable leader of he Justin Trudeau cheering section. But that doesn't mean that he's blind to reality nor that he is totally uncritical. In a recent column in the Globe and … Continue reading Punching below our weight

Self inflicted wounds

Now that the Liberal Convention is over the media critiques begin. There is an interesting article in the Hill Times which cites an unnamed Liberal who said: "“Just look at the time since we formed government, you take out the self-inflicted wounds, we have done very well” ... [and] ...  This source and other Liberal sources … Continue reading Self inflicted wounds

Climate change? Of course, but …

Allan Châtenay, who is President of the seismic data company Explor, takes issue with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna in an open letter (an e-mail, actually) that he shared on social media. It is a bit long but it is well worth reading and considering: (sent via email 21-Oct-2017) Dear Prime … Continue reading Climate change? Of course, but …

2019 (1)

So, here were are in the dog days of summer ... the Calgary Stampede is over and done, the prime minister made a last minute, short, tightly controlled appearance , but Andrew Scheer seemed to have had more fun, and politicians are, mostly, home, doing some important constituency work, reconnecting with local voters and local issues … Continue reading 2019 (1)

A contrary view

It seems that most of the commentariat (the chattering classes) is aghast at President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Accords on climate change ... most, but not all. The nonagenarian Nigel Lawson (Lord Lawson, now) who was the UK's Secretary of State for Energy (1979 to 83) Chancellor of the Exchequer (1983 to 89) in Prime Minister … Continue reading A contrary view

Why we need a Conservative government, soon

This report, from the highly regarded, albeit conservative, Fraser Institute, is two years old, but it points out how the tax burden on ordinary Canadian working families has changed over the past 50+ years, from 1961 ...  ... when the "bundle" of food, clothing, housing and utilities accounted for almost 60% of the average family's … Continue reading Why we need a Conservative government, soon

Free advice on free(er) trade

There is an excellent article in The Telegraph by Stephen Harper ~ yes, that Stephen Harper, our Stephen Harper ~ in which he advises our British friends on how to approach free(er) trade in the wake of the Brexit. In it, Prime Minister Harper says to the folks in the United Kingdom that "As you embark on the … Continue reading Free advice on free(er) trade

A thought for prospective Conservative leaders

We, Canadian Conservatives, want you, would-be CPC leaders, to move mountains: fiscal mountains, social policy mountains, foreign and defence policy mountains, infrastructure mountains ... and so on. But Canadians, by and large, don't want the mountains blown up and hauled away in monster trucks, the prospect of HUGE, radical, explosive change frightens them ... ... … Continue reading A thought for prospective Conservative leaders