Whither the SoCons?

Almost four years ago I suggested that there was room, on the Canadian political spectrum, for four national parties: Today’s NDP, with much better leadership, should, I suggested, be able to regularly win between 15 to 35 seats and even more, now and again; The centrist Liberal and the equally centrist Conservatives should, regularly, again,Continue reading “Whither the SoCons?”

Sad, but true

So, an old friend posted this, without further comment, on social media: I agree, and I have only one further comment: for me, that’s because of the Trudeaus, père et fils … … who reshaped the Canada built by generations under Macdonald, Laurier, Borden and St Laurent into something weak and timid that none ofContinue reading “Sad, but true”

FUBAR

I was glad to see, in yesterday’s Globe and Mail, that Health Canada has approved another vaccine for use in Canada. But, the same newspaper tells us, “as of this week, Canada ranked behind more than 30 countries in vaccination rates. Its number of inoculated citizens stalled in February, hovering at about 5 per cent – whileContinue reading “FUBAR”

Ooops

So, about a month ago, when the allegations about now retied General Jonathan Vance first surfaced, “Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan repeatedly said he was “surprised” by the allegations made against former Chief of Defense Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance but would not disclose when he learned of allegations, stating that his hands were tied when it came to providing anyContinue reading “Ooops”

Wayne Easter is right

Steven Chase and Robert Fife, writing in the Globe and Mail, tell us that “Liberal MP Wayne Easter …[Malpeque, PEI] … who also served as solicitor-general under Jean Chrétien … and was, therefore, the minister] … in charge of Canada’s security agencies … [which means he might actually recognize threats to national security] … toldContinue reading “Wayne Easter is right”

It is time for a change

Many decades ago, when Pierre Trudeau was prime minister, I was, for a while, a student at the Staff College where the Canadian Forces tried, with some success, to turn middle ranked officers into potential admiral and generals. We studied, amongst other things, the “national security environment.” (I think that’s how the academics, somewhat pretentiously,Continue reading “It is time for a change”

I am hopeful …

… that Erin O’Tool’s recent shuffle of his shadow cabinet which sees Pierre Poilievre moved to be the critic for Jobs and Industry a “portfolio” which does not exist in the Trudeau cabinet signals two things: A laser-like focus on working and middle-class Canadians ~ the ones, especially, in the suburbs and smaller communities inContinue reading “I am hopeful …”

Doing the right thing

I have often quoted management guru Dr Warren Bennis who said: Right now, in announcing that Canada will procure 1.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX programme, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is, narrowly construed, doing things right. But let’s be very clear: Canada never wanted to use the COVAX programme. The Trudeau regime’sContinue reading “Doing the right thing”

It is time (4)

I’m going to the bottom of the list I posted a few days ago to deal with “Foreign and defence policy and the compelling need ~ see What Canada needs from a couple of day ago ~ to face a dangerous world with confidence, including, especially how to deal with China, Iran, North Korea and Russia, butContinue reading “It is time (4)”