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(2016,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

Isn't it amazing what happens when parties come into power – when the realities of governing, exposure to new information, and actually producing results are considered?

(2016,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

Tomorrow, the defence ministers from six nations will meet in Paris to discuss an acceleration and intensification of the coalition's efforts against the Islamic State. Canada will not be present. What does this absence mean?

(2015,
issue 3)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

Three recent events should have been responded to with greater vigor; communicating in a frank and timely manner is the only way to maintain the trust of the Canadian public.

(2015,
issue 2)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

Casting the anti-ISIS mission as some sort of immoral misadventure, as it has by some, propagates a view that the world’s misfortunes are all the fault of the West and that liberty, democracy, freedom, and equality are inventions best kept to ourselves.

(2015,
issue 1)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

A look at the allied strategies against this brutal group of killers.

(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

08 Dec 2015

It is difficult to characterize 14 dead and 17 wounded as anything other than a shock to the United States. If Paris changed France, San Bernardino changes America.

(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

At first, I thought the government was going to be tone-deaf to the entreaties of the military, of pundits, and premiers that the refugee airlift to Canada needed to be slowed down...

(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

16 Nov 2015

One month in, we're getting an idea of the new government's decision making.

When asked what is most likely to blow governments off course, Former UK PM, Harold Macmillan, is reputed to have answered "Events my boy, events."

(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

The Munk Debate on Monday was by far the best debate so far in this campaign. It was civil, generally not a cacophony, and Canadians could hear leaders positions on a variety of themes – well articulated and without interruption.  We are better for that, and congratulations to Munk and Rudyard Griffiths for that success.  

(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS
18 Sep 2015
 
Both opposition leaders speak of evidence-based policy, and they are right to say that.  But equally, they should refrain from fallling into the trap of emotions-based policy – which is what we risk falling into now.
 
(2015,
issue 00)
GEORGE PETROLEKAS

18 Sep 2015

It is 39 days into Canada's federal campaign, and there's a sense of "enough already"… at least the daily dose of the economy.  We know now the details of each leader's priorities with respect to balanced budgets, spending and deficits. We have a pretty good idea of how the economy would grow under the three differing options . There's enough information to make choices on that front. Enough already.

Being the leader of a G7 nation is far more than keeping a stringent eye on the books, growing the economy, and our national taxation rates.