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Twitter can be dangerous to diplomatic health

Back in what might be called the early days of modern diplomacy, when a head of government or foreign minister wanted to say something important to their opposite number in a far-off country, they wrote a letter. The letter was sealed, placed in a diplomatic pouch and sent by steamship to the embassy of the sender’s country for personal delivery to the recipient.

Next from Ottawa: Pharmacare and a handgun ban?

The next noise you hear from Ottawa will be the sound of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals rebooting.

It is all but certain that they will prorogue Parliament when MPs return from vacation in September and present a new Speech from the Throne with an agenda designed to carry them through to the election in October 2019.

And what might this new agenda be?

Unencumbered by inside information, I’m free to bet on a couple of big initiatives, each of which would command the support of roughly 70 per cent of the populace, according to pollsters.

Foul weather lies ahead for Trudeau and the Liberals

“I know Justin. He doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing. This guy is an empty trust-fund millionaire who has the political depth of a finger bowl. He can’t read a briefing note longer than a cocktail napkin.”

Ouch!

The critic was Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, in an interview with the Calgary Sun in May.

Hop in your Edsel! It’s time to honour Doug Ford!

My Dear Premier Ford,

Please find enclosed my application for membership in Ford Nation.

It’s my way of demonstrating my enthusiastic support for the work that you and your new Progressive Conservative government are doing.

You are a man of your word. You promised you would get rid of that $6 million man at Hydro One. Boom, he’s gone, and it’s only going to cost $9 million. Good job, Sir!

Social media foofaraw over “groping” taxes Trudeau credibility

“The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,

      But the queerest they ever did see

     Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge

      I cremated Sam McGee.”

– Robert W. Service, 1907

 

The Northern Lights have seen many queer sights in the century-plus since the Bard of the Yukon published “The Cremation of Sam McGee.” But few have been stranger than the emergence of social media as a potent, some would say overwhelming, force in political systems around the world.