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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
New Liberal government, same old litany - The Globe and Mail
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Feb. 26, 2016
op-ed  Preston_Manning  Liberals  deficits  debt  Justin_Trudeau 
february 2016 by jerryking
How to right the Conservative ship - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Over time, Conservatives must not shy away from a broader suite of policy solutions as an alternative to what the Liberals and NDP have on offer. For example, can Conservatives have a distinctively conservative policy on poverty elimination? What is the Conservative vision regarding the relationship with indigenous peoples? How about an environmental policy that is consistent with Canadian values? Or Internet rights and responsibilities? Answers to these questions will require a good amount of consultation and discussion, and will require time and energy. But there is no reason why Conservatives cannot offer compelling alternatives to Liberal and NDP policies.

There are also critical issues facing the Conservative Party as an electoral machine. We must also do a better job of organizing and training in our Conservative ranks, and adapt far better to the new online world. Better social media presence is just the start of the effort. Community is now defined not only as what exists in our cities and towns but the virtual communities of the online world. Our volunteers must be motivated and welcomed. Feedback loops from the field must be taken seriously.

We must also not write off 100 or more electoral districts without a fight. I would like to see an organizational unit within our party, specifically charged with how to make hard-to-win ridings easier to win.
aboriginals  Conservative_Party  environment  hard_goals  Liberals  NDP  online_communities  organizational_capital  policymaking  political_infrastructure  politics  post-mortems  renewal  social_media  think_tanks  training 
december 2015 by jerryking
Ms. Wynne: Painting wasteful policies with a green brush won’t fool Ontarians - The Globe and Mail
Contributed to The Globe and Mail
Published Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

The cap-and-trade system for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases is a revenue plan couched in green language. It is a complex scheme that involves the government creating financial products called “carbon credits” that it then forces industries to buy and trade. Of course it requires the establishment of an enormous bureaucracy. The plan is projected to raise $2-billion in revenue for the government each year.
Ontario  Liberals  green  Kathleen_Wynne  cap-and-trade  environment  politics  policy  green_washing  carbon_credits 
december 2015 by jerryking
Liberal Party needs to rethink its tired response to Canada’s innovation woes - The Globe and Mail
Liberal Party needs to rethink its tired response to Canada’s innovation woes
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Nov. 03, 2015
Liberals  innovation  Canadian  SR&ED  venture_capital  Jim_Balsillie 
november 2015 by jerryking
First lesson, Liberals: You can’t do everything at once - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

Donald Savoie’s latest book, What Is Government Good At? Arguably Canada’s pre-eminent scholar of public administration, the University of Moncton professor says governments often fall down in “implementation.” They conceptualize policies and introduce them, but then implementation falters.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Liberals  books  priorities  advice  implementation 
november 2015 by jerryking
Jeffrey Simpson: Want to be a world player, Canada? Get ready to spend - The Globe and Mail
Want to be a world player, Canada? Get ready to spend
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Oct. 30, 2015
Jeffrey_Simpson  foreign_policy  Liberals 
october 2015 by jerryking
Back to the future, with the kid - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

So what will Prime Minister Trudeau do with all that horsepower? His policy proposals (which many voters are only dimly aware of) are also a blast from the past. Expand the government. Tax breaks for the usual suspects, especially the sacred middle class (on top of the tax breaks they’ve been showered with for the past 10 years). Soak the rich some more and pretend it makes a difference. Deficit spending, whether or not we need it, on infrastructure projects that may or may not help the economy. But no idea of how to get our landlocked oil to markets, or any comprehensive plan to spur innovation and economic growth.

Mr. Trudeau’s foreign policy ideas are naive and nostalgic. They hark back to the golden age of peacekeeping and multilateralism, as if blue berets and good intentions could defeat Islamic State. Those ideas resonate with voters, because they like to think of Canada as a force for good in the world. Unfortunately, the world is a nastier, messier place than it used to be, and niceness does not go very far.
Margaret_Wente  Justin_Trudeau  Federal_Election_2015  Liberals  Brian_Mulroney  golden_age  good_intentions 
october 2015 by jerryking
Is there life in MaRS? Dubious - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 16 2014
MaRS  Konrad_Yakabuski  Ontario  Liberals  Vivek_Wadhwa 
october 2014 by jerryking
Ontario Liberals promise $1-billion for Ring of Fire - The Globe and Mail
THUNDER BAY, Ont. — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, May. 25 201
Ring_of_Fire  Ontario  Liberals 
august 2014 by jerryking
Toronto wise to hold off celebrating Wynne’s victory - The Globe and Mail
The Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jun. 13 2014

Ontario, and by extension its capital city, is facing big challenges. Once the dynamo of the national economy, the province is struggling to create jobs and maintain growth. Joblessness runs consistently above the national average. Ontario’s troubles have obvious and serious effects on Toronto. This city is in the process of moving from big city to true metropolis. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants are arriving every decade from all corners of the world. The city is growing up (quite literally, in its booming downtown). Will it thrive on this growth or choke on it?

To cope, Toronto needs to invest in transit, roads, water systems and other key infrastructure. It needs to reform its often-inept city government, making it leaner and more responsive. If it is to overcome the stresses of growth and continue to thrive in the coming years, it needs the consistent help of the provincial government, to which city hall is tightly tethered.

More than that, it needs Ontario to succeed. Ontario’s problem is Toronto’s problem.

Mr. Hudak’s Conservatives and Ms. Wynne’s Liberals offered starkly different solutions. Mr. Hudak promised to cut big government down to size, trim corporate taxes and spur job creation that way. Ms. Wynne promised to invest instead of cut, pouring money into transit and other needs.
Marcus_Gee  Toronto  Kathleen_Wynne  Ontario  Liberals  joblessness  job_creation  immigrants  immigration  responsiveness 
june 2014 by jerryking
The confessions of Michael Ignatieff
Sep. 26 2013 | The Globe and Mail | Margaret Wente.

Like a flawed Greek hero, Mr. Ignatieff believes that his greatest sin was hubris – which, in case you have to look it up, is ambition combined with pride and ignorance. He actually believed the three Liberal operatives who showed up on his doorstep in Boston one day and persuaded him that they could pave the way for him to Sussex Drive. (“The men in black,” he calls them). He had no idea that the Liberal Party was in such bad shape, that it had largely destroyed itself through infighting, scandals and intellectual exhaustion, or that the piggy bank was empty....A decade ago, Mr. Ignatieff wrote a widely praised but little-read novel called Charlie Johnson in the Flames. Charlie is an American journalist working in Bosnia.
Michael_Ignatieff  Margaret_Wente  Liberals  hubris 
september 2013 by jerryking
Liberal leadership not much of a prize
Apr. 16 2013 |The Globe and Mail |MICHAEL BLISS.
It took Canada’s conservatives many years, many elections, to learn there was no magic formula for dislodging a well-entrenched governing power. You have to be disciplined, canny, opportunistically principled, ruthless, relentless and in it for the long haul. For Justin Trudeau, the exemplary politician to guide him along the hard road he faces is probably not Pierre Trudeau, who lived in a different Canadian political world. The more important model for a Liberal leader in this century and in the party’s current predicament is Stephen Harper.
Liberals  Justin_Trudeau  politics  leadership  Stephen_Harper  long-haul 
april 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
Mulroney rakes Liberals for war stand
March 23, 2003 | Globe & Mail | Shawn McCarthy
Brian_Mulroney  Iraq  Liberals 
march 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
Is the government party over? - The Globe and Mail
Reg Whitaker
Is the government party over?


The Globe and Mail

Published Monday, May. 16 2011,
june 2012 by jerryking
Liberals defend ‘vital’ CBC funding - The Globe and Mail
jennifer ditchburn
Ottawa— Globe and Mail Update
Published Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
CBC  funding  Liberals  Conservative_Party 
october 2011 by jerryking
Ignatieff resigns after Liberal defeat - The Globe and Mail
Karl of Canuckistan

3:55 PM on May 3, 2011

I hate the typical liberal hubris in assuming that if someone chooses
not to vote for a big statist government it somehow means she is a
victim of a "hellish campaign of distortion and misinformation."
Liberals talk loudly about how they represent the common people, but
when the common people render a verdict against them it can't be that
the liberal's conception of themselves is wrong, it must be that the
poor, stupid, credulous masses were misinformed. These kind of
impotently pompous notions posited by this liberal twit typifies the
problem ... elitist and wrong and is why, in a nutshell, the Canadian
people bailed and you lost.
Enjoy the wilderness!
Liberals  hubris  Michael_Ignatieff  resignations  elections  letters_to_the_editor 
may 2011 by jerryking
Smart people talked, but were the Liberals listening? - The Globe and Mail
Mar. 26, 2010 | Globe & Mail | Jeffrey Simpson. Liberal
Leader Michael Ignatieff delivers opening remarks to the Canada at 150
conference in Montreal on March 26, 2010.
Jeffrey_Simpson  Michael_Ignatieff  Liberals  smart_people 
march 2010 by jerryking
Canada's Liberals are pulling a George Washington
12/08/06 G&M op-ed by MARK MILKE condeming Liberal party tendencies to seek neutrality in
the Hezbollah-Israeli war of summer 2006.
History  op-ed  Hezbollah  neutrality  Canadian  Liberals  isolationism 
march 2009 by jerryking

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