Someday the Harper incumbency will end, either from electoral defeat or well-earner retirement. The Tories will seek new leadership and Jim Prentice has all the credentials.
A future PQ government could submit a list of prominent separatist lawyers for the Quebec-designate position. Although there are no (identified) separatists in the senior Quebec courts, all that is technically required is membership in the Quebec bar.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has resolved his Senate issue (it cannot be done) and lays the groundwork for a new Supreme Court nomination.
Although the Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices no longer grades individual countries even with opaque language, analysts can easily intuit the Canadians are among the world’s fortunate, able to elect leadership freely, speak, write, assemble, and worship in peace under essentially honest government.
And tax-and-spending policies can do a great deal to improve life chances for the many Canadians who are not doing well economically.
Reaching full agreement at the six-month mark is problematic.
But for all of the iconic nature of Veterans Day, Americans appear to have stepped back from previous wearing of poppies. In the Washington area, there is nary one to be seen. Last year, I got mine at the Canadian Embassy—a red one.
One is always amazed, as an observer from the southland, at what will start Canadian dovecots squawking.
While Canadian restrictions on free speech continue to be noted and national and provincial human rights commissions powers are identified, there is no comment on the chilling effect that ‘hate speech’ charges can entail.
And for the professional pontificators, they are a godsend.
There are fewer and fewer for whom Pearl Harbor is the relevant benchmark of their lives. Their ‘who-I-am-is-where-I-was-when’ touchstones are the Kennedy assassination, the Space Shuttle explosion, and—of course—9/11.
It was an unprecedented agreement as for the first time, it eliminated completely an entire class of weapons.
We joined an ‘Adopt a Highway’ cleanup effort on the main highway into Vail. Illustrative of De Tochville’s American volunteer spirit, we dressed in protective clothing, gloved, with bright orange vests and ‘grippers’ for picking up.
We all suffer from hypocrisy. Nations are no less culpable than individuals. It is hard to find a nation where the existing government regards itself as acting from other than principled virtue.
Although we no longer ‘grade’ human rights action, Canada qualifies for the equivalent of an ‘A.’
The current U.S. political deadlock is existential; it is not a question of making quick fixes with marginal manoeuvres.
What to do about Tehran and how or when to do it? This is definitely a conundrum for which the answers are even more illusive than attempting to lever Syria’s Bashar out of power.
Harper plays his ‘China card.’ This was a useful reminder to Washington that Ottawa has other market options.
And to be sure Bashar is no choirboy. Syria is a nasty dictatorship with a decades-long record of vicious human rights violations. But neither are his opponents choirboys.
About 500 of Canada's most prominent people packed the Fairmont Château Laurier on Wednesday, March 11.
Government Leader in the Senate Claude Carignan, ministers Christian Paradis and Chris Alexander, Conservative MP Joan Crockett, CTV's Mercedes Stephenson, and event member of the Politics and the Pen organizing committee Dan Mader.
Authors Steven Galloway and Alison Loat, Catherine McKenna, Gerald Butts, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, and John Ivison.
Andrew Saxton, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance.
Politics and the Pen co-chair Jill Scheer and her husband, Speaker of the House Andrew Scheer.
U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and his wife, Vicki.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) executive director Stephen Hendrie.
Andrew Scheer's chief of staff Kenzie Potter and NDP Heritage critic Pierre Nantel.
Co-host of the evening, Treasury Board President Tony Clement, and NDP MP Charlie Angus.
Conrad Black, in conversation with event organizer and iPolitics' social columnist Elizabeth Gray-Smith.
Director of communications for Canada's National Arts Centre, Rosemary Thompson.
Conservative MP Gord Brown, his wife Claudine and design consultant Kelly Mounce.
Rogers Communications vice chairman Phil Lind, Senator Janice Johnson, Minister of Sport Bal Gosal, and Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay.
Minister of Defence Jason Kenney and NDP industry critic Peggy Nash.
NDP national director and Politics and the Pen co-chair Anne McGrath.
Co-hosts Tony Clement and CBC Radio 2's Tom Power, with National Post's Stephen Maher.
MPs Megan Leslie and Lisa Raitt lending their voices to a 'Sweet Caroline' sing-along, with Tony Clement, Stephen Maher, Tom Power, and Richard Madan.
The Shaughnessy Cohen 2014 nominees in the running for the $25,000 prize: Joseph Heath for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives; Chantal Hébert with Jean Lapierre for The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was; Naomi Klein for This Changes Everything: Capitalism Vs. the Climate; John Ralston Saul for The Comeback: How Aboriginals Are Reclaiming Power and Influence; and Graham Steele for What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise—and Collapse—of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government.
And the winner is... Joseph Heath for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives.