Foreign Affairs Indeed

What really drives the Liberals around the bend is  when they see the Harper Conservatives smoothly blend international affairs with domestic politics

It is one thing for my good friend Globe and Mail columnist Jeffrey Simpson to forget, say, his car keys, but it is quite another thing for him to forget an entire decade and a half.

I am certain that he covered federal politics from the years 1993 to 2006,  yet to read his recent column wherein he referred to Prime Minister Harper’s recent trip to Israel as merely ‘just a campaign stop’, he appears to have forgotten the long lost glory years of the Liberal Government under Chretien and Martin, when Liberal government and Liberal Party were indistinguishable.

Moreover, in criticizing the Conservatives for allowing domestic politics to become linked to foreign affairs, he appears to forget once again how the  Liberal spin machine and strategists saw their brand of Liberalism as not just good for Canada, but a gift to the world.

It all ended of course with the ‘Nakba’ – the Palestinian word for ‘catastrophe’ – as brought on by the Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatieff experiments.

But when they were in their prime, the Liberal government from 1993 to 2006 set the gold standard for using the international stage to promote the Liberal brand back home.

Where to begin?

Wisdom of the mail room

The Wisdom of the Mail Room

“Why me?’, said the Senior Comptroller, as he was told he would be making the fiscal overview  to the Board of Directors. “Because,” said his boss, “As the Senior Comptroller, you are responsible for the quality of accounting and financial reporting of this organization.” “You are apolitical, you were not part of any of the decision-making that has brought us […]

Christmas reading 2013

Christmas Reading List 2013

I offer herewith my Annual Christmas Reading List, required reading for the holidays which will be followed by a quiz in January. Just some books that caught my eye in the past twelve months or so, heavily skewed to politics and biography of course, because a) fiction is a pointless waste of time, and b) cookbooks are boring. As a […]

Spoken words disappear, emails don't

The emails that ate Ottawa

How can smart people be so dumb sometimes? I don’t know the ins and outs of the Mike Duffy Senate spending mess, because firstly, there are a lot of moving parts, and secondly, I live in Calgary otherwise known as the ‘real world’, and all the players in the Duffy Senate mess live in Ottawa, otherwise known as ‘having no […]

Closing Alberta’s private MRI clinics would shove an estimated 10,000 private procedures a year back into an already strained public system

Don’t ban private MRI clinics in Alberta

When is a non-issue really an issue?   Usually when mixed messages make it difficult to decipher what is really going on.   Case in point: the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons — the doctors’ governing body — has recently announced it is seeking public input on revised standards regarding the charging of fees for uninsured medical services, potentially […]

The Senate’s real problem: 146 years of ‘wink, nudge’ and shut up

Special to The Globe and Mail, Published Friday, Nov. 01 2013 Pardon my boredom, but as the CBC leads the Ottawa wolf pack in declaring that the “Senate Scandal” shakes the country to its very foundations, I offer the following News Bulletin: Some members of the Senate of Canada have been padding their expenses since Confederation. I don’t know about […]