Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategy

But it could turn out to be the wisest approach to follow

Strategic procrastination is Canada’s preferred Indo-Pacific strategyPlans are useless, but planning is indispensable Dwight Eisenhower I was recently invited to present my views on Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy in discussion with Asian ambassadors in Ottawa. I noted that it’s better not to hold one’s breath waiting for a government policy document. That’s why Canada’s preferred foreign policy approach in normal times is…

Some ‘Christians’ deserve our anger and contempt

But filtering our anger through our spirituality becomes a powerful force for good

Some ‘Christians’ deserve our anger and contemptAnger can be a powerful force for good. It can also be extremely destructive, both to ourselves and the world around us. The key is to understand the anger within and to direct it in a way that will bring about positive change. Anger comes from a place of fear. We know deep inside that…

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-Pacific

Ottawa’s non-existent profile in Indo-Pacific affairs a cause for concern and disappointment

Canada effectively absent in the Indo-PacificIf Canada has pretensions to being an Indo-Pacific power, then it has a difficult image problem to overcome – not in terms of its national reputation as a constructive and valued member of the international community, which are “a given,” but in terms of its “presence” and “engagement” with this pivotal region. While it is…

It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-Covid

The deep divisions in Canada’s labour market have taken on heightened urgency

It’s a bumpy ride for women trying to get back to work post-CovidThe onslaught of COVID-19 in March 2020 led to one of the most dramatic economic shutdowns in Canadian history. Millions of people lost their jobs – especially women working in vulnerable sectors, such as restaurants and hotels. Now that Canada has entered its post-pandemic-recession phase, many women are getting back into the paid workforce, but not…

COVID mismanagement needs to be examined by an independent panel

It is the only way to ensure that future crises are managed better

COVID mismanagement needs to be examined by an independent panelIncreasing numbers of Canadians are demanding a national, independent investigation into government mismanagement of the COVID-19 outbreak. Because governments themselves would be the subject of such an investigation, its conduct would need to be assigned to a non-governmental commission whose commissioners possess the experience, expertise and personal integrity necessary to render their findings credible with…

More world oil and gas investment desperately needed, report warns

Increasing spending does not contradict efforts to reduce emissions, says IEF

More world oil and gas investment desperately needed, report warnsWorld energy markets are facing a “red alert,” and there’s more trouble ahead without enough investment going into oil and gas to meet demand, according to a new report by the International Energy Forum (IEF). “At a time when the global energy crisis calls for more supply, underinvestment in hydrocarbons will be the main reason…

Canada’s health-care system is irretrievably broken

Drastic changes are needed. Millions of Canadians on wait lists know that. Why don't politicians?

Canada’s health-care system is irretrievably brokenDrastic changes are needed if we are to repair the Canadian health-care system. Millions of Canadians waiting for medically-necessary surgeries and procedures already know that. It’s time for the rest of us to catch up and start advocating for change. At least five million Canadians are without a family doctor. More than one million Canadians…

U.S. Supreme Court was right to overrule Roe versus Wade

If people want to pay for an abortion, and live with the consequences, that’s their choice

U.S. Supreme Court was right to overrule Roe versus WadeOn June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court overruled Roe versus Wade in a 5-4 decision. The controversial 1973 case that made abortion legal in all 50 states was no more. Pro-life supporters celebrated this announcement and declared it a landmark ruling. Pro-choice activists have protested this decision in many U.S. cities. Tensions remain high and…

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?

Key allies concerned about where Canada stands on China and Russia

Why was Canada kept in the dark about “AUKUS”?By Matthew Bondy and Jeffrey Collins When Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom announced their new “AUKUS” defence and security pact in September 2021, it took Canada by surprise. Though Canada joined those nations and New Zealand as members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing club that traces back to the Anglo-American alliance in…

We have nothing to be ashamed of on Canada Day

We should be proud of our country, warts and all

We have nothing to be ashamed of on Canada DaySome Canada Day organizers have been spooked by last summer’s hysteria over 215 Indigenous children murdered and secretly buried at Kamloops. News of the alleged murders led to churches being set on fire, statues being toppled, and a panicked Prime Minister lowering Canadian flags across the country. In many places, Canada Day celebrations were called…

No sign of major crude oil price decline any time soon

Bullish pressure on crude oil markets doesn’t seem to be easing

No sign of major crude oil price decline any time soonCrude oil prices fell last week, notching their second weekly decline in the face of concern that rising interest rates could push the global economy into recession. Yet the future of crude oil still seems bullish to many. Spare capacity, or lack of it, is just one of the reasons. The global surplus of crude…

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashed

Don’t let utopian perfectionists stop you from celebrating a tremendous accomplishment: Canada

Why Canada should be celebrated, not trashedTo understand why it’s popular among the chattering classes to trash Canada at this time of year, it helps to understand the power of utopian thinking. In past centuries, utopian movements sprang from religious impulses and secular imitations of the same nature. Religious examples include communes which, in extreme forms, separated themselves from what they…

A guide to creating a muscular Canadian foreign service

We have to decide if we want to have opinions or influence

A guide to creating a muscular Canadian foreign serviceThere’s an old saying in the government: “There’s a book inside all retired senior officials and Ambassadors.” With some modesty, I might have a few chapters and articles, and occasionally one percolates to the surface and is published. The invitation I received to testify recently before the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade caused…

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many Ontarians

$10-a-day child care plan least efficient, most expensive and complex way to tackle affordability

Affordable child care remains uncertain for many OntariansThe rising cost of living is doing a number on family budgets. In response, the federal government recently released its “affordability plan” that includes the previously announced child-care fee reductions under its Canada-wide $10-a-day plan. In May, some Ontario families had expected to see reduced child-care fees and a partial refund backdated to Apr. 1.…

Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty would hurt humanity

Canada is the solution for reliable, affordable, environmentally responsible energy supply

Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty would hurt humanityAnti-oil-and-gas activists want the world to believe that the ongoing use of natural resources like gas and oil is an imminent threat to human society as bad as the atomic bomb. They’re wrong. Modern life relies on oil and gas for transportation, home heating/cooling, food supply, and everyday products like your cellphone, computer and clothes.…
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