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Trump’s new nationalism has cut Canada loose – and our vulnerability is on full display - The Globe and Mail

There is still some hope, as Canada’s Ambassador to China John McCallum said on Wednesday, that the United States might not go ahead with its extradition request for Meng Wanzhou, the detained Huawei executive . Indeed, it’s always the case that Mr. Trump can change his mind in a flash.

The Huawei crisis brings to mind Ottawa’s standoff with Saudi Arabia last summer over its arrest of Samar Badawi, a human-rights activist whose family lived in Canada. Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed alarm and urged that she be released. The Saudis reacted with rage. They recalled their Canadian ambassador, and froze trade and investment with Canada.

But Washington officials didn’t issue a word of protest against the Saudis. They dodged. The Saudis’ killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi vindicated Ms. Freeland’s view of their regime. Washington’s acquiescence on the Badawi case may have played a role in emboldening the Saudis to move against Mr. Khashoggi.
Canada  China  collateral_damage  crossborder  David_MacNaughton  Donald_Trump  Huawei  Lawrence_Martin  nationalism  new_normal  extradition  Meng_Wanzhou 
january 2019 by jerryking
The Canada-U.S. bond is too tight for Trump to break - The Globe and Mail
WASHINGTON — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jun. 21, 2017
Lawrence_Martin  crossborder  Donald_Trump 
june 2017 by jerryking
To rein in Trump, Canada needs Brian Mulroney - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016
Lawrence_Martin  Brian_Mulroney  Donald_Trump  crossborder 
december 2016 by jerryking
The lasting legacy of a dreadful president - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jul. 05, 2016
crossborder  legacies  history  Obama  Donald_Trump  NAFTA  Lawrence_Martin 
july 2016 by jerryking
Culture of disrespect: What’s the minister’s remedy? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

All of my colleagues in the Alberta Legislature deserve respect, including Premier Notley.”

There’s that word “respect” again. It’s everywhere, a lack of it being at the heart of most conflicts.

The social climate is much tamer in Canada than in the United States or in parts of Europe where parties of the far right flourish. But our society has been hit, too.

As Mark Kingwell wrote in The Globe and Mail on Saturday, rationalism is losing ground. Respect for fact, for truth, for evidence is on the wane. They no longer exert their traditional pull. Lose those anchors and what’s next?

As for the chief cause, many point to the unfiltered Internet world, which has given megaphones to the angry and unhinged. They are empowered like never before. The social climate is polarized. Thunder from the fringes silences the stable centre.
disrespect  politics  Lawrence_Martin  remedies  social_climate  rationalism  free_speech  political_satire 
june 2016 by jerryking
With the big 150 in sight, Canada is ready to party - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May 10, 2016

This country’s 100th anniversary, marked by Expo 67, ranks as one of the high points in the story of Canadian unity. Though few trumpets are sounding, we shouldn’t be surprised if the 150th, which comes next year, outdoes it.

The Canadian fabric is more tightly woven than it was a half-century ago. On the stability scale, few countries rank higher. To be flattered, we need only observe the escalation of ethnic nationalism in Europe and the surge of divisive nativist passions in the United States.

After our centennial celebrations, we experienced those types of tensions here. Ethnic nationalism escalated in Quebec and regional tensions magnified in the West. Instability, particularly in Quebec, was palpable over a three-decade period. Today, the separatist threat is about as lethal as the collywobbles. The Parti Québécois’s most recent show of enfeeblement saw its leader..... A unified country is more capable of meeting big challenges. On the eve of its 150th birthday, Canadian unity has rarely, if ever, been stronger.
Lawrence_Martin  anniversaries  Canada  national_unity  Expo_67  history  Canadian  nation_building  national_identity  Canada150  one-time_events 
may 2016 by jerryking
The frustrations of being Governor-General - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 26, 2016

Mr. Johnston was talking about his book, The Idea of Canada: Letters to a Nation, wherein he extols the country’s virtues; its inclusivity, civility, fairness, respect for democracy and the like.
David_Johnston  Stephen_Harper  Conservative_Party  Governor-General  Steve_Paikin  Lawrence_Martin 
april 2016 by jerryking
U.S. politics: The time for laughter is over - The Globe and Mail
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
Lawrence_Martin  Campaign_2016  Donald_Trump  politics  middle_class 
january 2016 by jerryking
Has the tenor of Canada ever turned this quickly? - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
Lawrence_Martin  Canada 
december 2015 by jerryking
It’s not too late for Harper to play the statesman - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 08, 2015

Why doesn’t Mr. Harper show some of the spirit of the Mandela occasion and appoint a blue-ribbon panel of former prime ministers to advise him on the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis? Given their experience, they could offer sound counsel. It would be an effective way of depoliticizing the issue. That’s what Canadians want. They’ve had their fill of overbearing political partisanship. In the face of a humanitarian crisis, they don’t need more of it.

For the Conservatives, a non-partisan approach makes perfect sense. Humanitarian issues are hardly their forte. They connote soft power. They fit the progressives’ playbook. The Liberals and New Democrats stand to gain.

But thus far, the government has reacted with its customary combative mentality.
Stephen_Harper  Lawrence_Martin  partisanship  Federal_Election_2015  leaders  leadership  statesmen  political_polarization  partisan_warfare  Syrian  refugee  crisis  playbooks 
september 2015 by jerryking
Economic stagnation is here to stay - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Apr. 14 2015

The bleak economic predicament hasn’t received much attention. Seems we’re living under an illusion that we’re doing reasonably well, the reason being that until the recent oil price plunge the Conservatives pushed out a lot of feel-good messaging about Canada faring better in the wake of the global financial crisis than other major economies. But doing better than some rivals doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing well yourself.

Over and above the energy price fall, experts cite a range of causes for the inertia. A major one is productivity. “On that, we’re doing terribly relative to our own historic rate,” said economist Don Drummond, “and we’re doing terrible relative to the rate of almost every developed country.”

Our business class, he added, is neither aggressive nor entrepreneurial, consumer demand is inhibited by high household debt and we have an aging labour force that is only going to grow at about 1 per cent a year. The small increase will come from immigrants, who make lower wages.

“I don’t look for growth to be above 2 per cent on an average basis, I’d say, for the next 10 years,” Mr. Drummond said.
economics  Lawrence_Martin  economic_stagnation  slow_growth  Don_Drummond  productivity  economists  Christopher_Ragan  the_Great_Decoupling 
april 2015 by jerryking
Canada’s first remembrance day - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 11 2014
Lawrence_Martin  Boer_War  South_Africa  Canada 
november 2014 by jerryking
To understand Mulcair, get past the narrow portrait - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, May. 20 2014
Lawrence_Martin  Thomas_Mulcair  NDP 
september 2014 by jerryking
What Harper learned from Chrétien the street fighter - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Sep. 23 2014

Stephen Harper had seen what happened to Mr. Chrétien, what happened to Margaret Thatcher and, having partaken in Reform’s rebellion, what happened to Brian Mulroney’s Tories. All three leaders were multiple election winners. It didn’t matter. They couldn’t keep the lid on.

As Tom Flanagan and Preston Manning have reminded us, Mr. Harper was imperious to begin with. But he learned exceedingly well from those examples. As he heads into an election year, he faces hardly a whimper of internal dissent; this despite trailing Justin Trudeau’s Liberals for the last year and a half.
Lawrence_Martin  Stephen_Harper  Jean_Chrétien  lessons_learned 
september 2014 by jerryking
There’s no stopping our march to the right - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Jun. 10 2014,
Lawrence_Martin  Stephen_Harper 
june 2014 by jerryking
Canada’s forgotten independence day
Mar. 11 2014 | The Globe and Mail | Lawrence Martin.

March 11, 1848, was the day when Canada’s united colonies got responsible government. You might go so far as to call it our independence day – the day real democracy arrived....
Baldwin and LaFontaine, leaders of the territories now known as Ontario and Quebec, convinced their colonial masters that allowing power to reside with an elected assembly instead of a governor’s appointed executive council was the only way to stave off anarchy....John A. Macdonald became our nation maker, as biographer Richard Gwyn calls him, but these men put in place the foundation. Lawyers by profession, they were not your typical win-at-all-costs politicians. Baldwin was a soft-spoken man who went about his work with a sunken heart. The pain at the loss of his adored wife at a young age never escaped him. But inescapable too was his devotion to the principles of democracy, social equity and justice. LaFontaine had that same commitment. He overcame strident opposition from francophone leaders in realizing his vision of a democratic union of the two cultures.

Not to be overlooked is Nova Scotia’s Joseph Howe, who secured responsible government for Nova Scotia two months earlier than Ontario and Quebec. His philosophy of governance paralleled that of Baldwin and LaFontaine. “The only questions I ask myself are, What is right? What is just? What is for the public good?” he said.
nation_builders  Lawrence_Martin  history  Canada  foundational  Canadian  anniversaries  public_goods  Sir_John_A._Macdonald  overlooked  forgotten 
march 2014 by jerryking
Progressives take page from Manning playbook - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, May. 14 2013

Progressives, their heads in yestergear, sat sphinx-like. As Rick Smith, the new head of the Broadbent Institute, was noting the other day, they didn’t see the need for something like a Manning Centre. They didn’t grasp the need for new fundraising networks, new get-out-the-vote methods, social media expertise, training programs for activists and the like.
Preston_Manning  political_infrastructure  NDP  Lawrence_Martin  playbooks  training_programs 
february 2014 by jerryking
Decades ago, we should have listened to Joe Clark - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 14 201
Lawrence_Martin  Joe_Clark 
january 2014 by jerryking
As America unwinds, Canada rewinds - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Last updated Tuesday, Jul. 23 2013

The Unwinding by George Packer.

It tells the story of the descent of inner America, the collapse of structures as a result of deregulation, the rampant insecurities with the decline of permanent jobs, debates overtaken by extremes of opinion. Mr. Packer’s theory is that the United States has been Wal-Martized. Lower wages, lower prices, lower standards. It’s been good for the company, and as he says: “Eventually six of the surviving Waltons would have as much money as the bottom 30 per cent of the country.”

But the decline of the big economic middle is ominous, as is the seizure of the national discussion by polemicists. How can a country move forward without a rallying consensus? Not even Barack Obama, with his balanced mind, his instinct for compromise and his eloquence (as most recently manifested on the topic of the Trayvon Martin verdict) can stop the fraying.

The book’s author is not an American declinist. There have been other unravellings; rebuilds inevitably follow. But the context is different now. America’s greatest century is behind it. Its degree of dominance will likely never be the same.

In response to all this, how does Canada, the big neighbour to the north, position itself?...Canadians are divided in their view of the monarchy. I’m not an enthusiast. As was well argued on these pages Monday by Ratna Omidvar, swearing allegiance to the Queen is an outmoded pastime. But the British heritage is an integral part of our definition, our identity. A stronger etching of it in the public consciousness and a greater reach to other markets is not unhealthy at a time when American paramountcy is fading, when our dependency on the United States is diminishing, when a distance in the bilateral relationship is growing.

It may be the beginning of a big turn. There are still major stakes in play, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, but Canadian trade volumes with the United States are in decline after a century of continual growth.

That slide is expected to continue as Asian powers and others take up greater market share. U.S. reliance on Canadian energy resources is on the wane; some project a dramatic falloff. Although 9/11 has dragged Canada more deeply into the U.S. intelligence-gathering network, we no longer rely on U.S. defence protections, as we did in the Cold War days. Culturally, the workings of time have brought us a stronger, more distinct stamp. As for our border, it has thickened rather than easing away. We now need passports to cross it.

While Americans undergo their unwinding, so do we. In recognition of new realities, we unwind from them.
Lawrence_Martin  bilateral  crossborder  America_in_Decline?  middle_class  books  downward_mobility  demoralization  Keystone_XL  beyondtheU.S.  national_identity  George_Packer 
august 2013 by jerryking
10 political commandments
10 political commandments

Re Trudeau Seeks High Ground With Ethics Policy (June 18): Lawrence Martin’s catalogue of the Liberals’ proposed reforms suggests the time may be ripe for politicians ...
transparency  accountability  Lawrence_Martin  letters_to_the_editor  rules_of_the_game  politics 
june 2013 by jerryking
You want strong leaders? Look to Canada
Apr. 16 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Lawrence Martin.

Our history has served up some who have fizzled, but on balance our voters have chosen well. We’ve had prime ministers who have fit the needs of testing times, men who have been vital to the nation-building process.

This is especially true of the first half of our history, the decades dominated by John A. Macdonald, Wilfrid Laurier and William Lyon Mackenzie King. Try finding three more capable leaders than these. Macdonald – the “nation maker,” in Richard Gwyn’s phrase – gave us much of our Constitution and a national policy to bind the border. Without his state paternalism and remarkable political skills, Canada might not have survived childhood.

After the nation maker came the consolidator. We needed a balancing force to the preponderant British presence. Who better to fill the role than Quebec’s Laurier? His judiciousness, sophistication and conciliatory approach made the middle way the Canadian way.
national_identity  nation_building  nation_builders  leaders  Canadian  history  Lawrence_Martin  politicians 
april 2013 by jerryking
Old soldiers never die – and won't shut up, either
November 8, 2007 | Globe and Mail |LAWRENCE MARTIN.

'You can muzzle everyone else in this town, Prime Minister. Not me." That, in so many words, was the response from General Rick Hillier this wee...
Lawrence_Martin  Stephen_Harper 
march 2013 by jerryking
Will Harper join the elite club of long-serving PMs? - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

From Tuesday's Globe and Mail (includes correction)

Published Tuesday, Jan. 15 2013,
Stephen_Harper  Lawrence_Martin 
january 2013 by jerryking
Are they new Liberals or New Democrats? - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013
Lawrence_Martin  NDP  Liberals 
january 2013 by jerryking
Another tragic chapter in Canada’s aboriginal saga? - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jan. 08 2013
Under the Conservatives, first nations have not been spared budget cuts. They say the cuts have hurt badly. But even if there’s more money and it’s wisely spent, money isn’t the solution to what ails native people. The problems, the controversies – on housing, health care, alcoholism, land claims, resource revenue, resource exploitation – are too many to count.

The Idle No More movement and Chief Spence’s hunger strike have served the purpose of bringing the issues to the forefront with a Conservative government they claim has been hostile to their interests. It’s hoped that a meeting with the Prime Minister on Friday will set a new working agenda for action. If that agenda is compromised or derailed by revelations of a spending scandal on the reserves, another tragic chapter in our aboriginal saga is upon us.
Lawrence_Martin  aboriginals  Paul_Martin  Stephen_Harper  alcoholism  Jean_Chrétien  Idle_No_More  land_claim_settlements  budget_cuts 
january 2013 by jerryking
For Canada, this is no time for complacency - The Globe and Mail

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, Dec. 31 2012
Lawrence_Martin  complacency  Conservative_Party 
january 2013 by jerryking
It’s all about visuals, and Harper takes advantage - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Nov. 20 2012

Our shift from a print culture to a video culture continues apace. Stephen Harper’s highly effective public-relations team has been up with the trend and taking advantage at every turn...Alex Marland, a political science professor at Memorial University in St. John’s, has researched the topic and written a paper titled “Political Photography, Journalism, and Framing in the Digital Age.” The Harper team figured out early and well, says Prof. Marland, that “in the digital age the evolution of political journalism from textual to visual is speeding up. … News organizations are becoming more susceptible to reproducing the packaged visuals of politicans that image handlers push.” As a result, photo ops and pseudo-events proliferate.
Lawrence_Martin  Stephen_Harper  visualization  politics  video_culture 
november 2012 by jerryking
Amateur, yes, but well worth watching - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

Special to The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Aug. 21 2012,
NHL  Lawrence_Martin  athletes_&_athletics  amateurs  CBC 
august 2012 by jerryking
Stephen Harper has reached the pinnacle – now what? - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin

The Globe and Mail

Published Tuesday, Jul. 12 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

Last updated Tuesday, Jul. 12 2011
Lawrence_Martin  Stephen_Harper 
june 2012 by jerryking
Peggy Nash: a Thatcher for the left? - The Globe and Mail
LAWRENCE MARTIN | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 01, 2011
Peggy_Nash  NDP  Lawrence_Martin 
november 2011 by jerryking
Harper’s triumph: a realignment of historic proportions - The Globe and Mail
Lawrence Martin | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, May. 04, 2011
Lawrence_Martin  elections  Stephen_Harper 
may 2011 by jerryking
Book review: Harperland, by Lawrence Martin
Oct. 09, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | Reviewed by Peter C.
Newman. Martin praises Stephen Harper as “one of the more talented
Canadian political leaders to come along in decades. His range of
knowledge, the precision of his mind, his degree of discipline, his
capacity to strategize, to work his way through whatever maze stood
before him, was of an unusually high standard.” But the author also
issues a warning.

“It was no small wonder that Canadians feared what Harper might do with a
majority government,” Harperland concludes. “With that kind of power he
could establish a hegemony the likes of which Canadians could not
Stephen_Harper  book_reviews  Lawrence_Martin  biographies 
october 2010 by jerryking

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