Tag Archives: Leadership

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 […]

Before The Vision

Welcome to re-run time. Some of my favorite posts, mostly older and travel related, while I myself am on the road. While I am away I am busily writing new material which will start appearing here when I get home next month. I’m already looking forward to sharing the new material with you (six posts […]

No School Today

Public schools in Ontario are closed for the Christmas  break (which they probably call a winter break, I haven’t checked). When they will reopen is a matter of some conjecture. The Premier said on Friday that it was too early to say if schools would reopen in January, given the COVID case count. Too me […]

Tonight Matters

By the time the leaders clash in televised debates, Canadian federal elections are usually already decided. Voters’ minds are made up and the debate doesn’t change anything. This year is different. After squaring off twice in French, finallly the party leaders will spar with each other tonight in an election that all polls indicate is […]

No Shame Anymore

The feeling was one of sadness as I heard the news reports on Canada’s latest government scandal. “Not again,” I thought. “What about integrity is unclear?” Maybe it is all part of a government conspiracy to lower voters’ expectations. Make ethical breach after ethical breach. Apologize when you are caught, saying your actions were unintentional. […]

Highly Debatable

  The four contenders for the leadership of Canada’s Conservative party square off in an English-language debate tonight, as they did in French last night. Why should you care? If you are a Canadian you should be interested; one of these four will be the next leader of the Official Opposition, and possibly Prime Minister […]

Democracy In Action – Your Turn

Today is an important day for Canadian democracy, though my guess is most people in Canada are unaware of it. Not surprising given the usual level of political awareness and engagement. In a presidential system the leader of the country is elected directly by the people. In the Westminster parliamentary tradition the Prime Minister is […]

Up For Debate

It is make or break time (perhaps) for the leaders of Canada’s five national political parties. Tonight, two weeks from election day, they square off against each other in an English-language debate. To undecided voters like myself, this is a chance to assess the leaders and their policies. How do they square up against each […]

Required Reading (and Writing)

It hadn’t struck me before, though I know I’ve read it dozens of times, at least. What a great idea for efficient government! I wonder if we could do it today? I was doing some Bible reading the other day, and came across these words in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy:  When he takes […]

The Face of Contrition

The Teflon Prime Minister gave us an act of contrition that was positively Biblical Thursday. Too bad it was the wrong chapter and verse. In an unusual 8 a.m. Ottawa time press conference (you don’t usually make big statements when half the country is still asleep), Prime Minister Selfie tried to put an end to […]