Category Leadership

The Burghers

It had been a long day. And the friend I was with lives just outside London, so I didn’t want to bore him by visiting sites he’d seen dozens of times before. But he’d never seen the Burghers of Calais, one of Auguste Rodin’s most famous sculptures. I will admit to being a little surprised. […]

Dealing With Bullies

You learn it on the playground as a kid. The only way to stop bullies is to stand up to them. If you don’t they will continue to pick on you. Which is why many Canadians are wondering why the federal government hesitated to expel the Chinese diplomat accused of threatening the family of a […]

The Message

It was a short message with the world watching. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury spoke these words at the Coronation of King Charles III Saturday morning. If you missed it, or would like to read it as opposed to listening again (I’m a print person – probably not the only one), the text is below. […]

Anniversary to Remember

I realized earlier this week that it has been four years since I last posted this piece. Every May 4 I remember Kent State, even if I haven’t always noted it here. This year i already had some humor scheduled, but I didn’t want to let the day pass by without sharing this.. Forty-five years […]

Words Matter

It was a friend in the United Kingdom who mentioned it. “I see your Prime Minister is lying again.” I hadn’t seen the interview. So I looked it up. Turns out Justin Trudeau didn’t lie in this instance. He said very clearly that he didn’t force anyone to be vaccinated against COVID-19, that the millions […]

Check Your Facts

“A Canadian is a Canadian is a Canadian. And you devalue the citizenship of every Canadian in this place and in this country when you break down and make it conditional for anyone.” – Justin Trudeau, 2015. Back then he was talking about whether convicted terrorists should be stripped of their citizenship. Times seem to […]

On Strike

There are no winners today as 155,000 Canadian civil servants walk off the job in the largest strike actions  in years. I’ve been there before. . More than thirty years ago I walked the picket line in a similar job action. I was an enthusiastic union supporter and believed in the cause to the point where […]

Nothing To See Here…

…or is there? After months of hiding, Katie Telford will appear before  a House of Commons committee today. Don’t expect to learn anything. Telford, the Prime Minister’s chief of staff, will do her best to not answer questions about foreign interference in Canada’s electoral system.  She has a problem though. If she was briefed by […]

The Arraignment

Why shouldn’t a former president face criminal charges?. Or even a sitting president? Isn’t equality under the law one of the central tenets of American justice? Donald Trump in turns himself in at a New York courthouse today to face charges – exactly what he doesn’t know yet – and his appearance will be the […]

Thoughts for a Sunday

Looking for something from the archives that would fit my mood today, I can across this one from April 2015. I’ve spent most of my weekend reading and writing about ethics in political life, or perhaps the lack of it. This was a reminder that there are still principled people in public life. Canadian politician James […]