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Ottawa is on the wrong side of Chinese power
January 15, 2019 | The Globe and Mail | JOHN IBBITSON.

Is there a way Canada could have avoided acting on an extradition request of the United States – employing the “creative incompetence” that former Liberal foreign minister John Manley said might have prevented the detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou? She is the daughter of Huawei’s founder, and Chinese anger at her detention is fierce and real.

“I’m with John Manley that we could have creatively avoided our responsibilities,” said Lynette Ong, a political scientist at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Canada could manage American anger at letting Ms. Meng slip away more easily than it is managing China’s anger over her detention, Prof. Ong believes.

Did Canadian officials in Ottawa miss an opportunity to de-escalate the conflict through quiet diplomacy, rather than ratcheting up the rhetoric over what appeared to be the retaliatory detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor? Should they have foreseen that the Chinese might further retaliate by increasing the punishment of convicted drug trafficker Robert Schellenberg from 15 years to a sentence of death? How much of this is Donald Trump’s fault?

Or was none of this preventable?....So, what next?....The government obviously cannot interfere with the judicial process that will determine whether Ms. Meng is extradited to the United States. Nor can Mr. Trudeau attempt to resolve the situation by direct talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, ....A successful conclusion to Sino-American trade talks might calm things down......Ong urges Mr. Trudeau to put down his public megaphone, and to focus on “quiet diplomacy behind the scenes.”.......There is another, deeper, concern. For at least two decades, Liberal and Conservative governments have concentrated more and more decision-making in foreign affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister. Global Affairs Canada may no longer have the capacity it once had to manage critical files, and political advisers to Ms. Freeland and Mr. Trudeau may be out of their depth, missing subtle signals and opportunities to reduce tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.
5G  Canada  China  China_rising  Canada-China_relations  Chrystia_Freeland  crossborder  foreign_policy  Huawei  John_Ibbitson  John_Manley  Liberals  Meng_Wanzhou  political_staffers  Xi_Jinping  Justin_Trudeau  diplomacy  PMO  reprisals 
january 2019 by jerryking
Being John Ibbitson
August 1, 2006 | Ryerson Review of Journalism | Barry Hertz.

What his columns lack in personal detail, he makes up for in research. He is one of the few columnists who actually reports rather than simply sitting back and spouting his opinions. He noticed a weakness of his colleagues – too much analysis, not enough research – and began to emulate his favourite drama critic, Nathan Cohen. “He offered a good recipe for analyzing public policy as he did for theatre, which was just asking three questions,” explains Ibbitson. “What are you doing? How are you doing it? And, is it a good idea in the first place?”
John_Ibbitson  questions  worthiness  public_policy  columnists  discernment  think_threes  5_W’s 
april 2016 by jerryking
London lives again: Inside the revival in Ontario’s rust belt - The Globe and Mail
LONDON, ONT. The Globe and Mail Last updated: Friday, Feb. 05, 2016

Synergies between the education sector and the private sector lie at the very heart of Southwestern Ontario’s future. By incubating, encouraging and then feeding workers into London’s emerging high-technology sector, Western and Fanshawe are doing for their city what the University of Waterloo has long been doing for Kitchener-Waterloo’s computer-based industries and the University of Guelph is doing for bio-technology in Guelph.
John_Ibbitson  rust_belt  manufacturers  job_loss  revitalization  Southwestern_Ontario  entrepreneur  automotive_industry  UWO  Kitchener-Waterloo  synergies 
february 2016 by jerryking
Why Canada’s shift to conservatism isn’t dead - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015
conservatism  Canada  Canadian  Federal_Election_2015  politics  John_Ibbitson 
october 2015 by jerryking
Why Harper’s chief of staff is so close to the PM – and why he might resign - The Globe and Mail
Why Harper’s chief of staff is so close to the PM – and why he might resign
The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  chief_of_staff  resignations  Conservative_Party 
august 2015 by jerryking
How Harper created a more conservative Canada - The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson: How Harper created a more conservative Canada
Ottawa — The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 06 2015
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  conservatism  values 
february 2015 by jerryking
Will China become the next Germany? - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 30 2014

Reluctant Meister, Stephen Green’s superb analysis of German history and culture.
John_Ibbitson  Germany  history  China  books 
december 2014 by jerryking
Keep God in the calendar
Apr. 19 2003 | - The Globe and Mail | JOHN IBBITSON.

There could be no more perfect way for a political party to guarantee its defeat at the next election than to take God out of the calendar. The Ontario government won't even end public funding for Catholic schools, though they're an egregious example of religious discrimination. Christians are not a constituency to be messed with.

But there are other reasons, more deeply embedded (will it be possible to rescue that word?) in our collective political psyche for retaining Christian holidays, for beginning daily sessions of federal and provincial parliaments with Christian prayer, for keeping God in the national anthem.

They remind us that Canada is blessed to be a liberal democracy, and that liberal democracy is the product of Christian civilization, and specifically of Protestantism.

Why is that? Why didn't Islam achieve the separation of church and state necessary for democracy to evolve? Why did Buddhist or Hindu or Confucian or Shintoist Asia not generate responsible, constitutional government even once?

The reasons are many, conflicting, and disputed. But Christianity was a part of it. The root religion of Judaism stressed the importance of the individual, who alone could save himself from darkness by embracing God. Judaic tradition, infused by Greek philosophy, imbued Christianity with a tradition of rationalism, skepticism and inquiry. The resistance of northern Europeans to dictatorial Rome brought about Protestantism, with its emphasis on the absolute sovereignty of each individual in his relations with God. If with God, then why not with the state? And the citizen was born.

(And scientific inquiry, and free trade, and the Industrial Revolution. The price was centuries of drab and uncomfortable clothing. Protestants are the worst-dressed people on Earth.)

Democracy, it turns out, is an exportable product. It has taken root in Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist societies, although the further it gets from Protestantism, the more fragile it becomes. Southern Europe came late to democracy, Latin America even later; in Asia and Africa, democracy is still the exception more than the rule.

Which is why even a nation as culturally diverse as Canada does well to remember that our democracy is rooted in the Christian tradition, that our political freedoms and social tolerance flow from that tradition, that it is not an oxymoron to describe Canada as a secular Christian nation.
religion  Christianity  Canada  history  democracy  human_psyche  Protestant_Reformation  John_Ibbitson  constituencies 
december 2013 by jerryking
'Heaven was the word for Canada:' race in Martin Luther King's 'North Star' - The Globe and Mail
Aug. 24 2013 | The Globe and Mail | John Ibbitson.

....Racially, the single greatest achievement may have been the decision by the government of Lester B. Pearson in 1967 to introduce the points system for choosing immigrants, sweeping away policies that had kept non-whites out of Canada for generations.

The following half-century of wide-open immigration and entrenched multiculturalism forged Canadian cities so cosmopolitan, diverse and tolerant that they come closer than any to Dr. King’s dream of harmony and equality....

But only for some. Black Canadians make up 2.5 per cent of the population, but fill 9 per cent of the spaces in the country’s prisons, according to the federal Office of the Correctional Investigator. Too many poor non-white neighbourhoods are unstable and, for many of those trapped in them, unsafe
MLK  John_Ibbitson  anniversaries  speeches  Underground_Railroad  geographic_segregation  North_Star  marginalization  1967  Lester_Pearson  African_Canadians  overrepresentation  disproportionality  immigration  multiculturalism  Canadian  cities  cosmopolitan  exclusion 
august 2013 by jerryking
Insulting the U.S. with impunity
March 19, 2003 | G&M | John Ibbitson.

Liberal members of Parliament will tell you they aren't anti-American, just anti-Bush. This is only half true.

The Liberal back-bench standing ovation for ...
John_Ibbitson  Liberals  anti-Americanism  Jean_Chrétien 
march 2013 by jerryking
What the rise of Asia means for Canadians - The Globe and Mail

OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Sep. 24 2012
John_Ibbitson  Asian  Canada-China_relations 
october 2012 by jerryking
Cementing our hobbled global status
February 2005 | G&M | John Ibbitson.

The decision to say no to missile defence will not delay opening the U.S. border to beef exports, or lead to new tariffs on Canadian wheat. The damage is subtler than that. It takes the form of a new indifference, bordering on contempt, from within the Pentagon and State Department toward Canada's defence and foreign policy.

It manifests itself in a deeply discounted assessment in the White House of Paul Martin's abilities as a leader and his trustworthiness as an ally -- although, interestingly, there is almost as much frustration with Conservative Leader Stephen Harper.
And it entrenches an international assessment that Canada is so weak and fractured internally that domestic political considerations are the sole determinant of Canadian foreign policy. Domestic politics have, of course, played a dominant role in Canadian military and foreign policy from conscription to the Vietnam War to the invasion of Iraq. But successful states should be able to act in the global arena as independent players.
crossborder  John_Ibbitson  Paul_Martin  leadership  foreign_policy  fractured_internally 
september 2012 by jerryking
Only Harper can end pipeline politicking
Jul. 30 2012 | The Globe and Mail | JOHN IBBITSON.

A good chunk of Canada’s future economic growth hinges on exporting energy, with increased exports from the oil sands a crucial component of that growth. Enter the Prime Minister – that is, if he’s willing to take the cue.

For 45 years, Canadian politics was largely defined as an ongoing series of conflicts between Ottawa and the provinces: over national social programs under Lester B. Pearson; over repatriating the Constitution and Quebec separatism under Pierre Trudeau; over fixing the Constitution under Brian Mulroney; over renewed fears of separation under Jean Chrétien; over funding health care under Mr. Chretien and Paul Martin.

Enough, said Stephen Harper. His strategy as prime minister has been to leave the provinces alone. The best example is the Conservatives’ approach to health care. With the current funding formula set to expire in 2014, all 14 capitals were gearing up for months of negotiations. A source says that in the Finance Department, the Prime Minister’s Office and the Privy Council Office, advisers pored over the various strategies, every one of which was complicated, cumbersome and politically controversial.

Then someone suggested: Let’s just give them the money with a reasonable annual increase, and no strings attached. Mr. Harper seized the proposal. No national standards, no reporting mechanism and, best of all, no first ministers’ meeting, in which 13 premiers lock a prime minister in a room and grill him until he gives up the combination to the safe.
energy  Stephen_Harper  John_Ibbitson  pipelines  oil_sands 
july 2012 by jerryking
Harper unbound: An analysis of his first year as majority PM - The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson
Ottawa— From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Apr. 28, 2012
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper 
april 2012 by jerryking
Coming soon: harmonious times for Harper - The Globe and Mail
JOHN IBBITSON | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 05, 2011
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper  provincial_governments 
november 2011 by jerryking
Remaking Stephen Harper in Canada’s image - The Globe and Mail
John Ibbitson | Columnist profile | E-mail
Ottawa— From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, May. 06, 2011
John_Ibbitson  Stephen_Harper 
october 2011 by jerryking
Stephen Harper, meet your unofficial opposition - The Globe and Mail
Oct. 08, 2011 | Globe and Mail |John Ibbitson

As the global economy trembles, all Canadian governments could soon face collapsing revenues and increased stress on the social safety net.

“They're going to battle over money,” Prof. Klassen predicts. In difficult times, “it's easiest for the federal government to download to the provinces, and it's easiest for the provinces to want the federal government to take on more.”

Herewith, the front bench of the real opposition to the Tories in Ottawa.
Greg_Selinger  Robert_Ghiz  Kathy_Dunderdale  John_Ibbitson  loyal_opposition  Ontario  Stephen_Harper  Dalton_McGuinty  Alison_Redford  Alberta  provincial_governments  safety_nets  global_economy  GoC 
october 2011 by jerryking
Dropout chiefs imperil a generation of kids -
Aug. 17, 2011 | The Globe and Mail | JOHN IBBITSON.
Only 40 % of on-reserve students graduate from high school, half the
rate of the general population. Right now, the federal government sends
education grants to reserves, with chiefs using the money as they see
fit. Some build and staff schools; some don’t. Shawn Atleo, national
chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and John Duncan, Minister of
Aboriginal Affairs, agreed last year to create the panel, which will
recommend ways to improve the nation’s 500 on-reserve schools. Chiefs
representing about 230 first nations in Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan
have now decided to boycott a three-person panel charged with finding
fixes for the broken first nations education system. The fear is that
Native children will pay the price for this stiff-necked opposition,
based on ancient animosities and petty political ambition.
John_Ibbitson  aboriginals  education  high_schools  dropouts 
august 2011 by jerryking
How does U.S. democracy survive without its newspapers?
Tuesday, Jun. 16, 2009 | The Globe & Mail | by John Ibbotson.

The Globe has also still been spared the savage budget cuts that eviscerated so many once-great American newspapers as the recession accelerated chronic declines in readership and advertising revenue.

But in the U.S., it's time to ask: How will the seemingly inevitable extinction of many metropolitan daily newspapers influence politics and political culture there?

The answer isn't entirely grim. Some newspapers are bound to survive in print form, at least for a few more years, as competition thins and enlightened corporate owners recognize that laying off half their reporters is the surest way to destroy the only thing of value a newspaper has: the reputation behind its name.....there is another, very disturbing, trend. A recent survey by The Pew Center for the People and the Press reported that "a new Washington media have evolved, but they are far from the more egalitarian or citizen-based media that advocates of the digital age might imagine. Instead, this new Washington media cohort is one substantially aimed at elites, often organized by industry, by corporate client, or by niche political interest."

These publications may have an audience of a few thousand, or even a few hundred, willing to pay thousands of dollars in subscription fees for specialized coverage. "These are publications with names like ClimateWire, Energy Trader, Traffic World, Government Executive and Food and Chemical News," the Pew study says. They are proliferating, and hoovering up reporters and editors who have lost their jobs in mainstream media. "Today, it is the niche, not the mainstream, media that [provide]blanket coverage of Congress and other important arms of the federal government," the Pew report concludes.

The collapse of print journalism - network newscasts are also in terrible shape - threatens to bifurcate the public square. Those who know the power of information will pay to obtain it, and use that knowledge to influence the agenda.

Those who lack the means or interest will depend on blogs, social networking and whatever information they choose to look for online. How does democracy survive on that?
brands  budget_cuts  commonwealth  decline  democracy  engaged_citizenry  influence  information_sources  Inside_the_Beltway  John_Ibbitson  local_journalism  magazines  mass_media  market_intelligence  newsletters  newspapers  niches  political_culture  politics  print_journalism  reputation  sophisticated  Washington_D.C. 
june 2009 by jerryking
Lament for a blasé nation
Saturday, May 30, 2009| - The Globe and Mail | Open &
Shut: Why America Has Barack Obama and Canada Has Stephen Harper, by
John Ibbitson, McClelland & Stewart, 166 pages, $18.99 Reviewed by
Jodi White
John_Ibbitson  federalism  book_reviews 
june 2009 by jerryking

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