And now there are only three

I said some months ago, after it was reported that Dassault of France had pulled its Rafale fighter out of Canada's competition to replace our CF-18s, that "It makes me wonder if we have a two-horse race to replace our ageing CF-18 Hornets. Is it the Lockheed-Martin Lightning II, the jet Justin Trudeau said he would not buy because … Continue reading And now there are only three

Numbers

So, summer is here and it's polling season, too. MPs are home, in their ridings, reconnecting with constituents, hopefully recharging their own political batteries and, in most cases, gearing up for the last, crucial, 48 days between Labour Day, when I expect to see all them in local parades and at festivals, and Sunday, October … Continue reading Numbers

More good news

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, say that "Ethics in government is shaping up as the biggest issue for voters in the approaching federal vote, outdistancing the economy, the environment and trade with the United States, according to a new poll conducted for The Globe and Mail ... [and] ... A … Continue reading More good news

Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Two items in the Globe and Mail caught my eye: First, Adam Tooze, a professor of history, and director of the European Institute, at Columbia University writes that "Mr. Trump’s trade policy is a strange mélange. It represents not one single coherent response to globalization, but a series of reactions superimposed one on top of the … Continue reading Will the (possible) US-China trade deal be bad for Canada?

Is there any good news for anyone?

There is a lengthy and data filled article on the Angus Reid Institute web site ~ published before Jody Wilson-Raybould's bombshell testimony ~ which says that "As political watchers across the country await with bated breath testimony from former Attorney General and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, the latest public opinion poll from the non-profit Angus … Continue reading Is there any good news for anyone?

Mea culpa: I’m told, by someone who knows, that I’m wrong on free trade with China

This is the third of a series of articles expressing my concerns about China's rise and Sino-Canadian relations, especially trade relations. Two came yesterday and this is the conclusion ... for the moment. Just yesterday I said that " We want it to be a trading partner and a fair competitor in the marketplaces of business … Continue reading Mea culpa: I’m told, by someone who knows, that I’m wrong on free trade with China

There’s no other choice

China is much in the news in Canada these days. The arrest of a very senior Huawei executive and ongoing security concerns about that company's intentions if it is allowed to participate in enabling the 5G mobile wireless networks in Canada  ~ four of the "Five Eyes" partners have already disallowed Huawei products on their future … Continue reading There’s no other choice