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Trump’s new nationalism has cut Canada loose – and our vulnerability is on full display - The Globe and Mail
LAWRENCE MARTIN PUBLIC AFFAIRS COLUMNIST
SPECIAL TO 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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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
LAWRENCE MARTIN
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

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