Dead Grits – Federal Election Edition – Part Two

After reading some interesting information about party performances over at Pundits Guide, I thought I’d make a short addendum to my brief analysis of the performance of the Liberals in Saskatchewan. As Alice Funke describes, this was a tremendous showing for NDP candidates surpassing the 10% rebate requirement*, with over 300 NDP candidates getting at […]

Dead Grits – Federal Election Edition

[updated for spelling – HT Margaret] Monday saw the worst performance of the Liberal Party of Canada in its long history, both in terms of seats won and the popular vote. But how did they do in Saskatchewan, you must be salivating to know. Well, let’s have a look: They re-elected Ralph Goodale, keeping their 1 […]

Dead Grits – Part Four

In my ongoing series about the decline of the Liberal Party in Saskatchewan, I will be looking at the performance of the federal Liberal party in Saskatchewan during the 2011 federal election. See my previous posts on this topics: Part One, Part Two, Part Three. Basically, I’m interested in the province-wide aggregate Liberal results, as […]

The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part III: Memories

Back in 1998, I was called as a witness in a military Summary Trial. I had spent the summer as an instructor teaching Basic Training in Dundurn, Saskatchewan. Basic Training is only slightly less exhausting for the instructors than for the students. Even though I was young and at my peak physical condition, an understrength […]

The Court Martial of Capt Semrau, Part II: Small Mercies

The coverage story on a recent issue of Macleans takes an in-depth look at what is currently known about the circumstances surrounding the murder trial of Captain Semrau. It is an interesting read and includes a brief look at several similar cases in the United States, all of them seemingly motivated by a sincere sense […]

Deserting Soldiers

A few years ago, when I was working full-time in the Canadian Forces, I remember facilitating an all-ranks discussion about ethics. The audience was mainly comprised of Reservists, a young but serious and thoughtful group. Running out of time I proposed a final question: “is it ethical to kill people?” The first response came from […]