Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've decided to leave the Conservative Party of Canada. The idiotic party strategy on same-sex marriage is too much for me. But I've been considering leaving the party since its inception.
Archive for January, 2005
This will probably turn out very well for the blogger in question. News flash: employees complain about their bosses. And sometimes bosses find out about it.
"There is a process within the system for those disagreements to be resolved," he said. "I think we have to be patient and allow these disagreements to be resolved within the inquiry and not to interfere."
I suppose I should be not be surprised that politicians say stupid things. But really, what was Lord thinking? Answer: I reject the premise of the question. Of course, Burke's comment that he has encountered so much racism since taking his seat in the legislature is the more significant issue.
Seems like tsunami is the default vehicle for metaphor makers, nowadays.
David Elder and Olya Onuch regaled a group of at least 50 interested listeners with stories of their time as members of the Canadian Election Observers in the most recent Ukranian presidential election. The talk was fascinating.
Professor Emeritus George Perlin opened the talk with a discussion of the political situation and public opinion in Ukraine. Dr. Perlin is the head of the Building Democracy in Ukraine project, which focuses on designing democracy and civic education curricula for police and university students. He said that he was sanguine about Ukraine's future as a unified state and suggested that some sort of federal structure might emerge.
By far the most interesting aspect of the talk was Olya Onuch's personal account of her journey and experience as an observer. In contrast to Elder's account, which was quite brief and focused on the general situation, Onuch's talk was peppered with pictures and loaded with lots of personal commentary on the situation (and the conduct of the Canadian mission itself!).
Onuch described the celebration in Independence Square, where hundreds of thousands of Ukranians and foreign nationals each lit a candle, joined hands, sung the national anthem and celebrated the election to great fireworks. Even the memory of the experience moved Onuch and, in turn, most of the audience.
The story of democracy in Ukraine is really quite remarkable.
Paul Wells is very funny sometimes. This is one of those times.
Andrew Cooper of University of Waterloo and CIGI gave a talk this week entitled "Separation Anxiety: Canadian Foreign Policy After Chretien." The talk was interesting. Cooper compared Martin's approach to foreign policy (maximalist) to Chretien's approach (minimalist: "foreign policy if necessary but not foreign policy necessarily"). He used a great hockey metaphor to describe Chretien: "a stay-at-home defenceman who's tough around the net." He also noted the gap between declaration and action in Canadian foreign policy.
Cooper focused a lot on the divorce of foreign affairs and international trade. He suggested that the split symbolized the divorce of values from interests, or, rather, of the divorce of an approach based on values to an approach based on interests. He did not describe a rosy future for foreign affairs.
A representative of the Green Party attended the talk and made some interesting points in response to Cooper. He argued that Martin is planning to reinvent how Canada does foreign policy, based on the 3D approach (diplomacy, defence, development). Cooper didn't seem convinced.