Category Leadership

The Goal

It was a moment that defined a generation. Any Canadian my age, and many much younger, can tell you exactly where they were 50 years ago today, the afternoon Paul Henderson scored the goal. Americans my age know where they were when they heard about the assasination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. For a previous […]

Is It Monday Already?

I couldn’t resist sharing this one to start the week. My first Zoom meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. (Well, I also have one at 4:30 a.m. that I routinely skip. Everyone else on that call is based in Europe, and we have an agreemment that my sleep is important.)¬† I’ve never suggested that Zoom […]

More Thoughts on the Queen (and King)

I must admit to not watching the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It isn’t that I wasn’t interested. A state funeral says a lot about the nation and the individual, and the British know how to do it right. I thought though that watching it would be depressing. I think I was right. […]

True Leadership?

Now the real work begins. For Pierre Poilievre,¬†winning the Conservative Party of Canada leadership on Saturday night is only the beginning. Now he has to unify a divided group, healing wounds of division – many of which he created. The past two Conservative leaders have been undermined by factions within the party. Some objected to […]

Decision Day

The announcement will be made this evening, naming a new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and presumably the next Prime Minister, given that Justin Trudeau has supposedly told his caucus he will stay and fight another election. After six months of campaigning and almost 700,000 party memberships sold, all that is left is […]

Hard To Accept

I feel as if the world has lost its moorings and is now drifting with the tide. Elizabeth II is dead. We knew the day was coming. She was 96, and had been Queen for an unprecedented 70 years. It was only a matter of time Yet somehow she seemed immortal. The only Queen of Canada […]

The Home Stretch

I received an email from a reader asking why I hadn’t written more about the race for the Conservative Party of Canada leadership. Given that the winner may be the next Prime Minister, it is something that will affect a lot of Canadians. Tuesday is the deadline for the mail-in ballots to be submitted, with […]

We’re Number One!

I am a proud Canadian. I think I live in the best country in the world. I suspect many people feel that way about their homeland. That doesn’t mean I think Canada is perfect. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Too often, it seems, our leaders have no idea how to make things better. […]

Holding True

In recent weeks there have been a number of mass shootings in the United States. I thought about commenting, then decided I had nothing new to say. Today though I’m saying something old. Sadly, nothing seems to have changed in the seven years since this piece first appeared here. In Canada we take government restrictions […]

Are These Thoughts Dated?

In June 2016, right after the UK voted to leave the EU, I shared some thoughts about what the Brexit vote would mean for US politics and the upcoming presidential election. Seemed obvious to me, but apparently it wasn’t to the Democrats. Re-reading, I see some Canadian parallels as well. One paragraph in particular struck […]