Congratulations …

… to President Joe Biden and to Vice President Kamala Harris on their formal inauguration: I, like, I hope, the overwhelming majority of Canadians and billions of people around the world wish you and America well. Congratulations, also, to all those ~ officials, police officers and soldiers ~ who ensued that the “peaceful handover of …

And he’s gone …

Four years ago, today, commenting, in part on the inauguration of Donald J Trump, I said that this … … pretty much reflected the reality in our world. Well, some things change. It’s too soon to sing “Ding dong, the witch is dead,” but, at least, Donald J Trump has left the White House: Sadly, …

What Canada needs

““There is no way you can look at the global landscape and see [anything] other than increased indicators of danger and threats … [but] … The level of real and actual danger will depend on how it is that nations around the world hold China to account, and the same can be said for Russia.”” …

The right thing to do

Way back in July of 2016 I suggested that Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Tim Kaine would be better choices than either President Donald J Trump or Senator Hillary Clinton for the office of President of the United States. Events suggest I may have been right. Now it seems, according to some media reports, …

I don’t know what to say

I am dismayed, shocked, horrified … what words can I use to describe what is going on in the USA? A gang of thugs has invaded and vandalized the capitol of one of the world’s greatest democracies. Rest assured that Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have never ben happier. Chinese and Russian and …

Can the liberal-internationalist order be saved?

Welcome to 2021! I hope all my readers had a happy and safe New Year celebration. I have commented, since this blog began, about liberalism, itself, and, just days ago, my fears for it in Justin Trudeau’s Canada. That brings me to an article, by the renowned American political scientist Walter Russell Mead in Foreign …

Losing the struggle for values

Dr Zack Cooper a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Laura Rosenberger, a Senior Fellow at and Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy in Washington, DC, say, in an article in Foreign Affairs that in “today’s competition between democracies and authoritarian powers is more than a power struggle: values lie at its …

The chessboard

Yesterday, I said that Canada’s foreign policy is in disarray and then I saw an article by Marie-Danielle Smith in MacLean’s magazine in which she used the analogy of the world as a chessboard and said “last we checked, Canada does have a foreign minister – quite an energetic one – in François-Philippe Champagne. With …

Getting it right

A few days ago I said that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had gotten things wrong, again, regarding India. Now I see, in an article in the South China Morning Post, that the British Prime Minister has gotten things right. The article says that “British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has invited India, South Korea and Australia …